Pre-Travel Vehicle and Trailer Check for Hauling Horses

Be Prepared

In addition to preparing the trailer for the horse’s comfort, it is also important to consider the maintenance of all equipment.

Prior to each trip, check the following:

  • Trailer lights and turn signals
  • Trailer brakes
  • Trailer hitch–is it secure?
  • Trailer safety cables
  • Spare trailer and truck tires and tools to change a tire, including tire jack
  • Trailer and truck tires
  • Trailer floorboards.

These checks should be done before you leave home. Finding out that something is wrong …

Caveat Emptor – Let the buyer beware: How to Avoid Mistakes When Buying a Horse

Buying a horse can be a complicated and confusing process. It is important to know what kind of horse you are looking for and have a plan laid out before you begin shopping. The article below discusses some tips to help your horse buying experience.


Whether you’re buying your first horse or your 21st, it is both an exciting and scary process. You have dreamed of the day when you could own this horse, and you want everything to …

HorseQuest Learning Lesson: New and Prospective Horse Owner’s Lesson

Three horses with heads over black board fence

The New and Prospective Horse Owner’s Learning Module is comprised of a series of lessons designed to introduce new and potential horse owners to the basic care and management of horses. Materials provided in these lessons will help individuals determine how interested they are in horses and to what extent they want to become involved. The sections within this lesson include:

  • Horse Ownership Considerations
  • Costs of Horse Ownership
  • How to Feed a Horse
  • How to Select the Right Horse
  • How

Competitive Western Horse Events

Competitive Activities

Many people choose to enjoy their horses in competitive events. These activities can be either individual or team events. Some are judged by a set of written rules and specifications, and other competitive activities are timed events. Each activity has it’s own rules, and most have organizations that plan the competitions at the local, regional, national, and sometimes international, level.

Western Competitive Activities

Western exhibitor

Some of the western competitive activities available for horse owners include:

  • Horsemanship
  • Western Pleasure
  • Reining

Competitive English Horse Events

There are many different competitive events and disciplines available for horses and their riders. One of these many disciplines is english riding. While english may be used in reference to saddle horses and other gaited horses, this article refers to english as activities ridden in the hunt seat or hunter disciplines.

There are several english activities. These include:

  • Dressage
  • Eventing
  • Hunter Jumping
  • Show Jumping



Dressage is a competition which evaluates the horse’s training, responsiveness and obedience to the rider. …