Pre-Trip Checklist

Essential Supplies: 

  1. Horse Trailer: 
  • Ensure the trailer is clean and in good working condition. 
  • Check tire pressure and condition. 
  • Verify that all lights and brakes are functioning properly. 
  • Ensure hitch and safety chains are securely attached to the towing vehicle. 
  1. Horse Health Documentation: 
  • Current Coggins test certificate (required for interstate travel in many regions). 
  • Health certificate if traveling across state lines or to events requiring it. 
  • Copy of the horse’s vaccination records. 
  1. Halter and Lead Rope: 
  • Ensure each horse has a properly fitting halter and lead rope for loading and unloading. 
  1. Water and Feed: 
  • Sufficient water for the journey. 
  • Hay and/or feed for the horses during travel. 
  • Buckets or water containers for watering the horses during stops. 
  1. Bedding: 
  • Shavings or other bedding material for the trailer floor to provide comfort and absorb urine. 
  1. Tack: 
  • Saddle(s), bridle(s), and any other necessary tack for the planned activities. 
  • Blankets or sheets if traveling in varying weather conditions. 
  1. First Aid Kit: 
  • Equine first aid kit containing essentials such as bandages, antiseptic solution, wound dressings, and vet wrap. 
  • Human first aid kit for emergencies involving handlers or riders. 
  1. Safety Equipment: 
  • Reflective vests or safety triangles for roadside emergencies. 
  • Fire extinguisher for both the towing vehicle and trailer. 
  • Tire changing tools and equipment. 
  1. Personal Supplies: 
  • Water and snacks for human passengers. 
  • Weather-appropriate clothing for handling the horses and potential weather conditions during stops. 
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent if needed. 
  1. Navigation and Communication: 
  • GPS or maps for navigation. 
  • Fully charged cell phone with emergency contact numbers programmed. 
  1. Paperwork: 
  • Driver’s license, vehicle registration, and insurance documents. 
  • Any required permits or travel authorizations for transporting horses. 
  1. Emergency Contact Information: 
  • Contact information for your veterinarian and the nearest equine emergency clinic along your route. 
  1. Comfort Items for Horses: 
  • Toys or distractions to keep horses calm during travel. 
  • Protective gear such as shipping boots or wraps if necessary. 
  1. Regular Maintenance Supplies: 
  • Basic tools for trailer maintenance and repairs. 
  • Spare parts such as light bulbs, fuses, and trailer hitch pins. 
  1. Emergency Supplies: 
  • Extra hay or feed in case of travel delays. 
  • Bottled water for both humans and horses in case of emergencies. 

Before embarking on your journey, ensure that all items on the checklist are properly packed and accessible. Regularly review and update your pre-trip checklist to ensure you’re adequately prepared for safe and comfortable travels with your horses. 

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Pre-Trip Checklist