January 2, 2012
Inspecting the Trailer
The trailer should look square and straight.
Doors hang and swing properly.
All latches, hinges, and pins are snug and tight.
Make sure there’s no rust on seams.
Check the floor with a knife for rot.
Mats should be in good shape, with nothing to catch feet on.
Chest and butt bars at the dividers and center boards should fit snugly.
There should be no sharp edges inside.
Make sure the tires have no cuts, bulges, worn treads or steel belts showing.
Inflate tires to the pounds of pressure listed on the tire.
Be sure brakes are working properly and adjusted for your loaded weight.
Make sure the ball is properly sized for your trailer.
Make sure the trailer sits level when hitched.
Hook the safety chains – can you cross them to eliminate any droop that might catch on something?
Plug in the electrical system and check running lights, brake lights and turn signals.
Every Time You Go Out
Check the hitch for cracks and the bolts for signs of wear.
Make sure to anchor any tack firmly in place.
Ensure there is no rust in the receiver.
Make sure the ball is tight.
Check the electrical system, brakes, running lights, directionals, tire pressure and chains.
Check for hornet or wasp nests.
Make sure doors are all securely fastened.
Items to Have When Traveling
Registrations for both vehicle and trailer.
Current inspection where needed.
Coggins for horses and health papers for all animals.
Items Useful to Have in the Trailer
Basic tool kit.
Jack or portable hydraulic lift.
Extra twine, double-ended snaps, knife (to cut the ropes), crowbar.
Human and animal first aid kits.
Longe whip, longe line, an extra cotton lead, a lead line with a chain and an extra halter, sheet or blanket for horses.
Chocks for tires.
Large container of fresh water for animals and/or coolant system breakdown.
Muck bucket, broom, fork and/or shovel, rake.
Water and feed buckets, filled hay net for horses (safely hung and fastened so it doesn’t swing).
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