Hey there! After 10 plus years of horse ownership, and the purchase of a second horse, and a pony lease for my daughter, I have decided it's time to stop having to beg rides from people! I just put in an order for a new 3 horse trailer!!!
So good people of COTH, what are the essentials that one must have with a trailer? I have buckets and haynets, but that is all. I am guessing trailer ties, maybe one of those trailer-aid ramps, ect. Let me know what are must haves for the trailer owners!
"I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way."
Go out and drag that trailer behind your truck with no horses and learn how to drive that truck and trailer like a pro. Make sure you have a truck which can pull the trailer you have on order. Learn how to drive/haul it very well.
If it's the diesel Excursion, you should be ok, although with 3 horses, I'd still get a weight distributing/anti-sway hitch for the length.
As for needs, you really don't need that much (trust me, it will accumulate on its own!).
I second US Rider, they are excellent and I have used it! Other than that, I always use shipping boots (I only compete one horse and his legs are priceless to me). I put a haystring loop between my ties and the side of the trailer as a breakaway. I also always carry water in a 5 gallon jug just in case, even though I rarely have to use it. Spare tire, trailer jack, and you're good. :-)
Oh, I also always keep a grease gun in the back of the truck to keep my ball and hitch greased or add to hubs as needed.