Finally bought my first trailer...now to accessorize!
So after 15 some years I have been able to finally make a dream come true and bought my very first trailer! Yay!
So my question is, what are some items you keep in your trailer? By this I mean car related, trailer related, horse related, personal related?
Right now I have my show clothes and a container that I use when travelling to away shows that have water buckets, feed buckets stall guards, bridle hooks, etc. Lately I do have a small pitch folk. But are there other things that I am not thinking of?
What have you found useful for organization? Keep things in place?
I'm no expert, but have found the following really great:
-small bag with gloves, wet ones, garbage bag. I use this ALL the time (when getting diesel, when greasing the hitch, when hooking up)
-Rubbermaid with roadside assistance-type items: fire extinguisher, orange warning triangle and cone, duct tape, WD-40, tire pressure gauge, spray-in tire repair kit, a hi-visibility reflective vest, bungee cords & tie-downs, hammer, multi-tool.
-headlamp, winter hat, summer visor, gloves, flashlight - all easily accessible (use these ALL THE TIME)
-couple of double-ended snaps, carabiners, scissors (used all the time)
-5-gallon sealed water container (really useful when the unexpected happens - like a roadside breakdown - can water the horses). Also good for arrival at a site, you don't have to go hauling water for things like a quick wipe of your tack or horse.
-I like to have a muck basket along, since I don't have a portable wheelbarrow
-I leave a rain jacket, my show clothes, and show stuff (gloves, hairnets, spurs, bridle numbers, etc. - in a 4-drawer plastic cabinet) in the trailer
-extra halter and lead-rope, always!
-lunge-line (has come in handy at times such as, no stall door upon arrival!)
Trailer-Aid and whatever else you need to change spare (right size lug wrench)
5 gallons of water
First aid kit
spare halter and lead
grease for your hitch
US Rider membership
i have an extra helmet, girth, bridle (stuff that I have easily forgotten at home !!) reins, lunge line, duct tape, first aid kit for horsey and human, mainly I've used the Aluspray alot for cuts and scrapes. Rain sheet in case we get caught in down pour, easy boot for those lost shoes. Wash bucket with vetrolin, sponge and sweat scraper. Drinking water bucket, horsey doesnt like to drink out of wash bucket. Cotton cooler for loading up and going after washdown.
Cooler with snacks (horsey and human), drinks and beer !! <--- eventer !!!
--5-gallon bucket 1/2 filled with Equine Pine (instant, private Porta-Potty )
--Horse Quencher -- my mare refused to drink away from home. Guess it smelled different coming out of the AquaTainer, so I add 1 packet of this and she drinks!
--Tarp (one never knows)
--Bungee cords (SOOOOOOOOO glad I have a variety of these! My newer truck's plug receiver (female) takes my plug from the trailer but the locking-clip isn't the same, so it doesn't lock and the plug comes loose over bumps. One bungee cord, wrapped around the plug and tightly secured underneath the plug housing holds it in tight!
--Lunge Line & Dressage whip -- in case someone has a moment and doesn't want to load
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I will never leave home without Banamine in my first aid kit...Just in case a horse should suffer a nasty injury, or colic out on a trailride, in the middle of nowhere, which they are bound to do sooner or later. Ask me how I know
I have stackable Sterilite drawers in my trailer. I have them anchored to the wall with industrial Velcro. In them I have extras of just about everything.
One is office supplies. Pens, paperclips, paper, etc. It also has electrical and duct tape. I find that stuff useful for endurance rides and shows. Another is spare gloves. Another is random tack pieces. Everything from bridle pieces to girths. Stuff to use in a pinch. Another is extra halters and lead ropes. Another is generic rope and bungee cords. I have extra saddle pads in another. One is horse first aid. Another is human first aid (most of the stuff can do double duty also). Another is a hose and spray nozzle. Another is saddle bags. Another is a set of grooming tools, brushes, hoof picks, etc. Another has flashlights and a couple glow sticks (hang one off your horse, ride trails at night!). Another has extra clips/carabiners/etc. I have several hay bags and hay nets.
I have two 5 gallon buckets with lids I fill with water (though I plan to get a large corner water tank this summer). That way if water is a long way away at show, I've got 10 gallons to play with before I have to find other water.
And another two buckets with lids for grain.
I have two folding saddle racks for shows. I set them up under the gooseneck to stay dry or in the sun to dry out saddle pads camping.
I have a metal clipboard you can store stuff in Velcroed to the tack room door. It contains copies of vaccine records and Coggins tests for shows and rides. I also keep my state park bridle tags in there.
I have a small tool set to fix whatever breaks. Including a tire iron for both the truck and trailer. There's also one of those ramps to change a trailer tire.
Sterilite (its made in the USA!) tub with a couple coolers and sheets. Another tub has buckets and feed tubs for feeding/watering/bathing.
I have a tarp to put on the ground in front of the tack room door. I have folding camp chairs. I have a blow up mattress in the gooseneck. I have a pitchfork, shovel and broom in a muck bucket tethered to the wall (3M hooks and bungee cords).
I have a large cooler that doubles as the step into the gooseneck.
Um yeah, I have everything but the kitchen sink....
Last edited by candysgirl; Apr. 18, 2013 at 11:45 AM.