Headed to a horse show? How is your horse going to get there? This seems like a no-brainer if you own your own truck and trailer, but for many people, they must pay to have their horse hauled. If you do not own your own rig, you will want to talk to whoever is hauling your horse. Consider these questions:
- Will the trainer/instructor be hauling the horses?
- Does one of the other clients have space in their trailer?
- How much is hauling?
- Do you ride in the truck or drive yourself to the show?
- Do you have to be present to load the horse at home, and unload at the show? And then at the end of the day?
- Will the horse need a hay bag in the trailer?
- Who cleans the horse area of the trailer before and after the show?
- Does the trailer need shavings?
- Who is responsible for packing and unpacking the tack area?
- For long hauls, how many breaks do we take?
- Does my horse need wraps, boots, head bumper, a special halter or blankets?
There are many things to plan for when hauling horses, but this list will get you started. Many find it helpful to make a checklist for shows and you could have one just for the trailer.