Horse Floats For Sale | Driving Your Horse Float Safely


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After looking at horse floats for sale and buying a horse float, you’ll be excited to get on the road with your horse. Before you head out of the parking lot, though, you should make sure that you know how to keep your horse safe while on the road. Pulling a horse float is not the same as driving your car. Review these tips before you get on the road.

Go Slowly

Speed can be a serious issue when it comes to pulling a horse float. Remember that your horse has to balance on four legs – every turn, shift, and jostle that disrupt the horse float will interfere with your horse’s balance. If you are navigating particularly curvy roads, or roads that you’re unfamiliar with, you should slow down even more. Sudden stops are hard on your horse’s legs, and if you come to a sharp turn in the road, you will need to slow down greatly to keep your rig balanced.

Approach downhill areas carefully and slowly; it is easy for your rig to pick up speed, so always use caution when heading down hills. Your horse will appreciate your careful driving, as a slow approach to a hill will give him time to adjust his balance accordingly.

Leave Plenty of Room to Stop

A loaded horse float weighs an impressive amount and can put added strain on your vehicle. It will also take you longer to stop when you are pulling a horse float than it would normally take you if you were just driving your truck. Account for the added stopping distance you will need and leave plenty of space between your truck and the car in front of you.

Drivers who are unaware of the stopping distance a horse float will need may cut in front of your truck. If that is the case, decelerate a bit until you have enough space between your truck and the car.

Be Aware of Other Drivers

Unfortunately many drivers crowd horse floats, frustrated by their slower speeds. Keep an eye out for drivers who follow your vehicle too closely. When you have an opportunity to safely do so, it may be wise to pull over to the side of the road to allow the other drivers to pass. While it’s frustrating to have to do this, doing so can help protect your horse float from being rear-ended by overly pushy drivers.

When you’re pulling a horse float, always take things slow and remember the size and weight of the load that you are pulling. Remember to check your float over for safety issues, such as properly inflated tires and a secure hitch, before you head out on the road.

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