Horse Trailers safety checklist:
Hitch — Be sure that the hitch is secure and your trailer is properly fastened. Use heavy safety chains to secure the trailer to the towing vehicle.
Tires — Follow the manufacturer's recommended inflation pressures. A good rule of thumb for safe tire tread is a minimum of 1/4-inch tread depth. Inspect tires for signs of dry rot. A tire with dry rot is not dependable. Don't forget to have a spare tire that is well-maintained.
Brakes — Replace worn components and test brake operation before beginning the haul.
Lights — Check for correct and full operation of brake, turning and marker lights. Interior lights are handy when loading and unloading at night.
Jacks and safety triangles — Have these available and in good working order in case of roadside breakdowns.
Floorboards — Horses apply a great deal of pressure on the small area under their hoofs. Floorboards should not be in a rotted or weak condition. Rubber mats on the floor and tailgate provide traction and cushion during loading, unloading and travel.
Wheel bearings — These need to be re-packed with grease and checked at least every year.
Remember,always check before every trip your horse trailers