The trailer I followed this morning had one horse in it and it was on the nearside of the trailer, this is wrong and dangerous. A single animal must be travelled on the offside (behind the driver) in order for the trailer to be as stable as
possible on corners. Also I would have thought the driver would have had more sense than to have his arm hanging out
of his window and also to travel a bit more than 20mph all of the time. No wonder horse owners get a bad name!
So apart from making sure that our vehicles are legal to tow the combined weight of trailer and animals, we need to make sure we do have a valid licence to tow as well. It is worth checking to save a lot of trouble if you lose your licence
because you are towing illegally.
If travelling two horses in a trailer then the heavier of the two has to be on the offside to help with the stability of the trailer. These rules are there for a reason and that is basically the health and safety of your animals, you and other road users.
If you are off to shows etc, please make sure you have ample water, they need it even more than you as they are going to be carrying you around and doing a lot of work and we all need to be properly hydrated to perform well.
Mind you I suppose you have to get them loaded first, that seems to be one of the most frustrating parts of horse ownership these days. "Oh it takes about three hours to load #####, but once she is in she is fine!" We have all heard that haven't we?! If this is the case then please get professional help re the loading, a little money spent now will allow you so much freedom and peace of mind in the future.
I was very pleased to meet two new clients today, one of which is a nice little challenge. She is carrying a lot of baggage as far as her hind legs are concerned, but we got as far as one being lifted up, so a nice bit of work in progress there. Not so much aggressive but certainly not liking the idea of giving up her rears. Although at one stage a few double barrels were tried, but to no avail! Basically a sweet mare and will come right with time and patience.
The other was a very cute little mare who was nicely straight forward, for a change!
Talking of cute little things, it seems like we have two new little apprentices who will make their appearance later this year! I have the great fortune to say that myself and my wife are expecting twins! Of course, as we know, they and their big brother will all be expert horse people by the time they leave primary school, by their teens they will be taking over from me and we will know nothing at all!!
Well, I wish you all a very good showing season and plenty of rosettes. Happy loading and travelling. Even though the sun is shining please still keep wearing the hi viz, it is surprising how you can vanish against hedgerows, trees or shadows if you do not wear it.
Stay safe and have fun!!