Rebecca Gimenez Husted, BS, PhD, is the primary instructor and president of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. Her first book, Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, was published in 2008. She is an internationally sought instructor in technical rescue techniques, procedures, and methodologies, and she has published numerous critiques, articles and journal submissions on horse safety, technical large animal rescue and horse handling issues.
It is my “horse trailer NIGHTMARE season” – SPRING is when people get excited about hauling and having fun with their horses – but when the lack of maintenance, failure to use the correct towing vehicle matched to the trailer, and failure to understand the hitch system get us ALL in trouble.
You don’t have to be an expert – but this document should be shared with ALL of your horse hauling friends and with your Pony Club, 4H organizations, and others – make sure that when you hitch your trailer – you KNOW what you are doing and are as safe as you can make it.
They depend on US – to do it right and due diligence to make it safe for them.