If you want to transport horse over long distances, it doesn’t really make sense anymore to saddle up and ride them—this isn’t The Old West. These days, horse trailers are the primary way horses are moved from place to place, and there are some tips you should know when towing them.
First, realize that horses are not only top-heavy, but they also move around a lot. Your load will shift during the drive because your horse or horses in the back are going to be trying to keep their balance, shifting their weight as needed to remain upright.
Horses need to be tied to the inside of a trailer using their bridle so they don’t turn around during the journey or stick their heads out any trailer openings.
Just like you’d be careful towing a large boat behind your vehicle, you need to take it easy on the road and especially on turns. Rather than brake suddenly, ease into braking and keep things smooth instead of jerky. Obviously, don’t tailgate—always keep a good amount of distance between you and vehicles in front of you to keep your ride easy-going.
When horses are in tow, always park on level surfaces. If, by necessity, you have to park the trailer on a slight incline for a short period of time, then turn your vehicle’s front wheels to the right and consider using the parking brake so the truck and trailer don’t “roll away” when you’re not there.
One more thing— the hitch you use matters. For horse trailers, a weight-distributed hitch is necessary. By figuring out the gross towing weight of a loaded trailer, you can choose the right sized hitch to ensure the best connection between your vehicle and trailer for a safe journey.
J&M Trailer Sales, located outside of Billings, Montana, sells about 1,000 trailers per year. Should you have any questions about towing horse trailers, don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-745-8871.