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Must haves for the trailer

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  • Must haves for the trailer

    I am working on buying my first trailer as an adult . Very excited! I remember seeing a topic at one point about must haves to pack in the trailer, things like tools to have, lubricants, etc. I did a search and wasn't able to find that thread. Can people give their recommendations about things to make sure I have?

    I think I am planning to get US Rider because once when I was driving our trailer as a teenager I was stranded on the side of the highway by myself with two horses- pre cell phone days. I am scarred and never want to be in that scenario again!

  • #2
    a must have for me is a water tank -


    • #3
      My "must have" list for my trailer is ALL about the horses.
      Spare halters for every horse on the trailer
      Spare lead ropes for every horse on the trailer
      at least one set of spare shipping wraps
      basic first aid stuff-vetrap, gauze, neosporine, etc
      buckets-for every horse on the trailer
      extra hay
      Fire extenguisher
      Trailer jack in case a tire blows
      Complete tool set that never leaves the trailer including: screwdriver, hammer, zip ties, extension cord, spare fasteners, adjustable wrench, wire cutters, needle nose pliers, tape measure and superglue.

      Then there's the 'Nice to have' list, depending on where you're going:
      Spare, clean saddle pad
      spare bridle
      spare bit
      clean set of polo wraps
      folding chair
      pen and paper (it comes in handy)
      Extra buckets (can never have to many)
      tack hooks
      spare gloves/helmet/hairnet/etc

      Live and learn...


      • #4
        Spare tire -- and double check that the lug pattern actually fits your wheels, or you may be unpleasantly surprised!

        Drive-on Jiffy Jack in the correct height. Depending on how much 'spring' you have on the axles, the shorter jack may not get the flat tire up high enough off the ground.

        And the ultimate don't leave home without it item that I post on every one of these threads... the Luggable Loo.

        Add some small trash bags, kitty litter or pine pellets (or just some shavings from the back of the trailer) and you're good to go.
        ... and Patrick


        • #5
          Lug wrench for the trailer wheels. It's not included in a trailer like a car or truck. Your truck wrench may not fit the trailer wheel lug nuts. Try it today before you need it.
          Equus makus brokus but happy


          • Original Poster

            Thanks guys! It never would have occurred to me that the spare tire may not have the right configuration, I'll make sure I check that when I am looking at trailers since I'll be buying used. I also would have overlooked the lug wrench thing. Guess I better make sure I remember my lessons in how to change a tire. My dad taught me when I got my license 20+ years ago, but I've never actually done it, I've always just called AAA and waited, but don't want to have to wait with an impatient horse in the trailer. Another good catch on making sure to get the right size thing to drive up on for changing a tire, it wouldn't have occurred to me they aren't standard.

            All of these recommendations are great, thanks everyone!


            • #7
              In case you need to stop anywhere during your travels:
              Website featuring a State-by-State Directory of Stables, Horse Motels, Equine Friendly Camping etc. that will stable your horse after a long day on the road:

              AAA Roadside Emergency Kits
              Emergency Triangle Kits
              First Aid Kit (Equine and Human)
              Horse Trailer Camera
              Life is short. Hug your horse!