Best Ways to Prevent Breakdowns while Hauling Horses

As you excitedly gather your horse's class and show entry confirmations, Coggins Tests, stall assignments, and all the other essential paperwork for the big competition, don't forget to take a moment to consider your trusty truck and trailer. When was the last time you changed the oil, checked the tires, or performed radiator maintenance? Sure, you'll pack extra halters, girths, and lead ropes in the trailer, but it's equally important to prioritize your vehicle's maintenance before hitting the open road. 

So, let's dive into a comprehensive maintenance checklist to tackle before and after you embark on your favorite rodeo, trail ride, or horse show adventure.

1. Tire Maintenance  

Ever been a victim of tire failure while hauling your horse? I have, and it's not fun. Worn-out tires, overloading the trailer, or hitting pesky potholes can all be culprits. Keep an eye on your tires, replace them when needed, and ensure they're inflated to the recommended pressure.  

2. Engine Care  

Engine trouble, be gone! Breakdowns caused by poor maintenance or overheating can be a thing of the past. Keep your vehicle serviced regularly and tackle any issues head-on to avoid more serious problems later.  

3. Electrical System Checks  

Don't let electrical issues ruin your horse-hauling experience. A dead battery, faulty alternator, or other component failures can be a real headache. Regularly check your battery and charging system to keep breakdowns at bay.

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