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Don't Go On the Road Without It! Horse Trailer Emergency List

Neva Kittrell Scheve, EquiSpirit Horse Trailers

Store these items in the trailer so you always have them on board!

Equine First aid kit with splint - Know how to use the items in the kit and do not use tranquilizers or other drugs unless you have been instructed by a veterinarian when and how they may be used. Use of tranquilizers in the wrong situation can cause death to your horse.

Spare Tire/Jack/Tire Iron
Three emergency triangles/flares
Flashlight with spare batteries
Electrical tape and duct tape
Knife for cutting ropes in emergency
Water - 5 - 20 gallons. Enough for drinking, cooling the horse if overheated, or washing of wounds in the event of injury.
Spare halter and lead rope
Spare bulbs
Spare fuses if applicable
Fire extinguisher
WD-40 or other lubricant
Broom, shovel, fork, manure disposal bags
Insect spray (Bee and wasps)

During winter months:

Red flag (for your antenna if stranded)
Horse blankets
Human blankets
Candle, matches, or lighter
Tire chains

For the Tow Vehicle

Hawkins Guide: Horse Trailering on the Road
Hawkins Guide: Equine Emergencies on the Road
Registration for the vehicle and trailer and proof of insurance
Jumper cables
Spare tire/jack/tire iron
Tool kit
Spare belts and hoses
Tow chain
Cellular phone or CB radio (CB may be more helpful in remote areas where cellular phones may not work)
Replacement fuses
Road Atlas
Work gloves
Portable air compressor
Extra cash/credit card
For crossing state lines and visiting places where other horses are gathered - Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and proof of negative Coggins (Equine Infectious Anemia)

If you are in an accident and have been injured yourself, the EMS personnel and police will most likely not be capable of taking care of your horses. Prepare for this situation by keeping some sort of emergency directions in a very visible place. Write the name of someone you know who can be called to help or to advise what to do with the horses if you are incapacitated - a knowledgeable friend, your veterinarian, or someone else who is familiar with your horses and all current telephone numbers.

Reprinted with permission from EquiSpirit Horse Trailers