Motorists call RSPCA over horse transport

I came across a pretty amusing news article the other day. The RSPCA received a bombardment of phone calls about the cruelty of a horse that was being transported on a trailer. No horsebox, just a rusty old flat bed trailer. Angry motorists rang in to report the endangered horse. Luckily, the culprit of the […]

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Before you share your trailer . . .

I’ve written before about the conundrum of receiving payment for share rides or charging to ship other people’s horses. In a nutshell, if you receive payment for the use of your trailer, you become a commercial hauler in the eyes of the insurance industry. You may void your insurance entirely — a real problem if […]

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The Zelda Cam

I have an irrational fear of trailering long distances. Well, maybe it’s not irrational — in the 20-odd years I’ve had my own trailer, twice I’ve had horses fall. Luckily, they were both fine, but the anxiety around trailering had plagued me and has only gotten worse. I feel so responsible when they are in […]

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The Trailer Isn’t the Problem.

What will your horse remember the next time you load? Source: The Trailer Isn’t the Problem. I highly recommend that you click through and read the excellent post from Anna Blake, who manages to get to the crux of the issue in just one sentence. Her excellent post got me thinking¬† about the trailering issues […]

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Sometimes it’s better to be lucky

Zelda is a very lucky horse. Or maybe I’m a very lucky owner. Yesterday we had an experience that could have been much, much worse. But we were lucky. The hunt yesterday was about a 25 minute drive from my barn. All on back roads. It was a cold morning, only in the low 20s, […]

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When your horse won’t load

I think we’ve all been there. You know, standing behind your trailer with the ramp down and your horse’s feed firmly planted on terra firma, determined not to move even an inch. The Clinton Anderson video above offers some good advice for how to load the difficult horse. Not the horse that is genuinely scared; […]

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Is your trailer ready for the Spring Season?

Each spring when I pull out my trailer it gets a complete “going over” before a horse steps foot in it. We check the electrical system — one year mice feasted on the wiring which left me with no brakes or turn signals — pull the mats out, check the integrity of the floor and […]

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