Checklist for Horse Trailer Safety
- Check ball size - most of today's trailers are two inch or 2 5/16 inches.
- Secure the hitch with a safety pin
- Criss-cross the safety chains
- Be sure chains are not dragging and are long enough for turns. Shorten chains by twisting.
- Check that all lights are working properly.
- Be sure light cord is secure, not dragging or touching the ground, and allows enough length for turns.
- Do a visual check to be sure the trailer is level.
- Tie hay nets high enough that horses won't get their feet caught in them.
- Keep windows closed or use the window face guards on the trailer to protect horses.
- Tie horses with slip knots or quick release snaps affixed on the trailer side with the regular snap attached to the horses' halters.
- Do a final check of all latches, doors, tires, etc.
For Gooseneck Hitches:
- Check that all latches and pins are secure.
- Check there is enough clearance so that the trailer won't hit the truck.
- Be careful of your feet when hitching up and adjusting the hitch - the sleeve can drop down quickly.
For all Trailers:
- Re-pack bearings on wheels with fresh grease every 12,000 miles or 12 months
- Pull mats out of trailers at least 3-4 times a year. Wash the floor and backs of mats. Check the floor for soundness.
- Remove urine and manure after every trip.