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Trailer Emergency Kit

When traveling with your horse, be sure you're prepared with this list of emergency essentials.

By Kara L. Stewart | July 29, 2008

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Trailer Emergency Kit
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Dr. James Hamilton, DVM, coauthored Equine Emergencies on the Road with Neva Scheve and recommends the following items for your trailering emergency kit.

  • Properly inflated spare tire that matches the other trailer tires

  • Tire iron(s) that fits the lug nuts on both tow vehicle and trailer

  • Wheel chocks

  • Bottle jack or other jack for tow vehicle

  • Drive-on trailer jack (plastic or metal)

  • Electrical tape

  • Duct tape

  • Flashlight with spare batteries (ideally also with cigarette lighter recharger)

  • Three emergency flares or triangle signs

  • Sharp knife

  • Water: 20 gallons per horse (enough for drinking, cooling an overheated horse, cleaning wounds)

  • Bucket and sponge

  • Spare halter and lead rope

  • Extra fuses and light bulbs for running lights and interior trailer lights

  • Fire extinguisher rated for chemical and tire fires

  • WD-40 or other spray lubricant

  • Broom, shovel, manure fork, garbage bags

  • Jumper cables

  • Tool kit

  • Spare belts and hoses

  • Tow strap or chain

  • Cell phone or CB radio

  • Work gloves

  • Portable air compressor

  • Paperwork: proof of insurance, vehicle and trailer registration, health certificate, registration papers, negative Coggins test, brand inspection or permanent travel card

  • Road service membership and phone numbers

  • Stabling guide listing horse hotels across the country

  • Equine first-aid kit (View a list of suggested items to include here)
Horse Trailer

For winter travel:

  • Shovel

  • Kitty litter or sand

  • Red flag to attach to antennae

  • Horse blankets

  • Human blankets

  • Candle

  • Matches or lighter

  • Tire chains

  • Food and water

Further Reading
Horse Trailering Emergency
First Aid Kits for Horses and Riders

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Kaitlyn    Somewhere, MN

12/20/2013 8:30:40 AM

I will need a tack trunk to keep all this in!

Amber    Keller, TX

1/20/2010 7:01:12 PM

You would need kitty litter or sand in snow just in cause if the roads are ice/ slippery. It helps if u get stuck.

Amber    newborn, GA

8/12/2009 8:01:59 AM

This is great but why would you need kitty litter or sand??? and a first aid check list (horses and human) would be great too!

Dennis    Vancouver, WA

8/23/2008 6:53:43 PM

With the advent on one fan belt. Make sure you have the proper socket/breaker bar to get you going again. AAA is great, but they sometimes take a couple of hours to respond. That's a long time with horses ina trailer.

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