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Traveling with Horse? Check out this Horse Trailer Safety Checklist

Always have the horse trailer safety checklist with you whenever your travel.

Store these items in the trailer so you always have them on board!

Equine First aid kit with splint – Know how to use the items in the kit and do not use tranquilizers or other drugs unless you have been instructed by a veterinarian when and how they may be used. Use of tranquilizers in the wrong situation can cause death to your horse.

  • Spare Tire/Jack/Tire Iron
  • Three emergency triangles/flares
  • Chocks
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Electrical tape and duct tape
  • Knife for cutting ropes in emergency
  • Water – 5 – 20 gallons. Enough for drinking, cooling the horse if overheated, or washing of wounds in the event of injury.
  • Buckets/sponge
  • Spare halter and lead rope
  • Spare bulbs
  • Spare fuses if applicable
  • Fire extinguisher
  • WD-40 or other lubricant
  • Broom, shovel, fork, manure disposal bags
  • Insect spray (Bee and wasps)

During winter months:

  • Shovel
  • Sand
  • Red flag (for your antenna if stranded)
  • Horse blankets
  • Human blankets
  • Candle, matches, or lighter
  • Tire chains


For the Tow Vehicle

  • Hawkins Guide: Equine Emergencies on the Road
  • Registration for the vehicle and trailer and proof of insurance
  • Jumper cables
  • Spare tire/jack/tire iron
  • Tool kit
  • Spare belts and hoses
  • Tow chain
  • Cellular phone or CB radio (CB may be more helpful in remote areas where cellular phones may not work)
  • Replacement fuses
  • Road Atlas
  • Work gloves
  • Portable air compressor
  • Extra cash/credit card
  • For crossing state lines and visiting places where other horses are gathered – Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and proof of negative Coggins (Equine Infectious Anemia)

If you are in an accident and have been injured yourself, the EMS personnel and police will most likely not be capable of taking care of your horses. Prepare for this situation by keeping some sort of emergency directions in a very visible place. Write the name of someone you know who can be called to help or to advise what to do with the horses if you are incapacitated – a knowledgeable friend, your veterinarian, or someone else who is familiar with your horses and all current telephone numbers.

This horse trailer safety checklist is provided by EquiSpirit Horse Trailer.

This article was written by Neva and Tom Scheve, authors of the, “The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer” and the owners of EquiSpirit Horse Trailers.

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