Check Your Trailer

During this time we’re taking extra precautions and self quarantining to keep others in our community healthy. We want to offer daily tips that’ll help you pass the time during your self quarantine and even give you a jump start to your spring cleaning.

Before you hit the road this spring, make sure your trailer is in top shape and ready to use. Henryk Sadura/

If you’re like me, chances are your horse-show schedule dies down during the winter months and your trailer doesn’t get much use. If you’re stuck at home and have some extra time on your hands, now in the perfect time to take time and examine your trailer and give it a good cleaning. 

Check your tires. Now is the perfect time to check to make sure your tires are not balding and still in good condition. It’s also a good time to make sure you have the proper amount of air in them. 

Look for rust. It’s easy for rust to start developing on the outside of your trailer while it’s sitting around during the winter. Also examine the inside for any rusty metal that might be hazardous to your horse’s legs. 

Test your lights. Nobody wants to find out their brake light is out when they’re getting ready to head out to a horse show or head out to a new trail riding destination. Take time to ensure all your lights are functioning properly on your trailer.

Look at your trailer floors. While we always recommend looking at your trailer’s floor before loading your horse into the trailer, now is the perfect time to really examine your floor to make sure there’s no corrosion. You can also take time to disinfect your trailer using the same methods you would for cleaning your horse’s stall. 

What’s in your living quarters? If you have a trailer with living quarters, now is the perfect time to go through all of the drawers and get rid of anything you no longer need. Who knows, you might even find a pair of riding jeans stashed away that you’ve been looking for. This is also the perfect time to clean out your fridge and make sure it’s ready for use.

Clean out your tack room. I know that when I’m at horse shows, the loading process is a little more chaotic than the unloading process. When I’m loading up to go home, the only thing on my mind is getting on the road. This is the perfect time to get rid of any garbage that might end up the floor (I always seem to find pieces of electrical tape). It’s also the perfect time to go through all your equipment that’s stored in the trailer and make sure it’s clean and ready for use.  

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