How to Tell If You Are Ready to Buy a Horse Float

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Do you find yourself looking at horse floats for sale with plans of buying your first horse float? Buying a horse float is a big investment, and when you transport your horse yourself there are some very important safety issues you should be aware of. You will want to be sure that you’re really ready to buy a horse float of your own.

You Have a Vehicle to Tow With

It would seem that you could safely hitch a horse float to any truck or SUV and be fine to head out. In fact, the vehicle you use to tow your horse float needs to meet certain specifications in order to be safe to tow the loaded float.

To evaluate whether your vehicle is suitable as a tow vehicle, check your vehicle’s tow rating against the weight of your fully loaded horse float. Remember to add your horse’s weight to the weight of the float, and factor in extra weight for supplies like hay, feed, and water. Remember that the vehicle needs to be capable of stopping your horse float at speed, sometimes headed down a hill, so installing a brake box to control the float’s brakes is necessary.

Have your vehicle, including the hitch, inspected by a mechanic for structural soundness. The mechanic can advise you as to whether the vehicle will be safe towing a float.

You Have a Space to Store the Float

Before you buy a horse float, make sure that you have a place to store it safely. Horse floats can be an easy target for thieves, so you will want to have a location that is well supervised and ideally within the sight of a house. If you don’t have a storage site ready, look into the cost of renting space to store your horse float when it is not in use.

You Know How to Drive a Horse Float

Driving a horse float safely is a skill that takes some time to learn. Before you buy a horse float of your own, make sure that you either have experience in driving a float or you have a way to learn. A horseperson who is experienced in driving floats can give you some lessons in general safety practices behind the wheel before you have to take the horse float out on your own. Remember, too, that driving a loaded float is very different from driving an empty one, so you might want to have someone with you for your first trip out with your horse.

Before you start looking at horse floats for sale, it’s a good idea to make sure that you’re prepared and truly ready to buy a horse float.

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