Tips for Handling a Horse Float Breakdown While Transporting Your Horses


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It’s a scenario that horse owners dread: You’re on the road with your horses when your horse float breaks down. What do you do next? These tips can help you to handle the situation.

Get to a Safe Location

If at all possible, try to drive your horse float off of the road so that you’re out of the way of oncoming traffic. If there is a shoulder available, pull as far off the road as possible. Put on your hazard lights and set up flares or traffic cones, if you have them in your truck or float.

Assess the Problem

In some cases, the issue with your truck or horse float may be readily apparent, such as in the case of a flat tire. Other times, though, mechanical failure can be difficult to pinpoint. Try to assess the issue and identify what needs to be done to fix the problem.

Call for Help

You should immediately place a call for help, even if it’s just to the local police station to request that a police car park behind the float to help direct traffic while you change a tire. If you will need further assistance, try to contact some local horse people to come out and help.

It’s also a good idea to subscribe to a roadside assistance service so you’ll always have help in emergencies. However, before you subscribe, make sure that any service you’re considering will service horse floats.

Think Twice Before Unloading

It may seem logical to unload your horses in order to keep them from getting too hot and to allow them to stretch their legs. However, think twice before you unload. If your horse float is next to a road, there’s potential for serious accidents to happen as and after you unload. If you’re towing alone but decide to unload, then it’s best to wait until another person is present so that they can help with the process.

Sometimes unloading isn’t necessary, even if a repair must be made to the float itself. Certain roadside mechanics may have the powerful lifts and tools necessary to work on a fully loaded float.

If you do unload your horses, immediately take them as far away from the road as possible. Only have experienced horse handlers hold the horses.

One of the best ways to handle a breakdown is to be prepared for it. Always stock your horse float with a roadside emergency kit, and carry a fully charged cell phone. Hopefully you’ll never experience a roadside breakdown!

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