Transport & Equipment

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Thinking about an investment in a horse trailer? That’s a major undertaking with many factors to consider: quality construction, safety and comfort, ventilation, protection, lighting inside and out, tack or dressing room, feed storage, how well it pulls behind your vehicle and, of course, the cost.

Anyone who hauls a gooseneck trailer knows how frustrating it can be to have a hitch ball right in the middle of the truck bed during times when you need to use the box for loading supplies or equipment. Roger Baker and Joe Works, founders of B&W Trailer Hitches, knew this too. Thirty years ago, they pioneered an innovative engineering design that created a hitch when you need it, a level bed when you don’t – the Turnoverball™.

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Advantage Auto and Trailer Sales is a fourth-generation family business based in Brandon, Manitoba, owned and operated by the Lacey family. Their goal is to maintain the very best in customer satisfaction through sales and service.

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A Guide to Getting Jack Into the Box - The most common transport-related injuries to horses are from failure to adequately and properly train the horse to load and haul. It’s solely a matter of investing the time and having the willingness to teach the horse in the way he can best learn and accept the concept. Think about the second half of that statement for a moment; as with any form of teaching, if method A isn’t working, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet!

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By Kevan Garecki - Horse trailers represent a significant investment, which is measured in dollars and, more importantly, in the comfort and safety of the horses that place their trust in us. A few carefully planned steps taken when preparing our rigs for winter can eliminate spring headaches, extend the useful life of the trailer, and increase the safety margin for our horses.

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There are some legitimate reasons why horses do not like horse trailers. To a horse, even the most open, spacious trailer is still a small, confined space. Being a flight animal, nature has wired horses to be claustrophobic in order to protect them from predators. Because trailers are off the ground on wheels, climbing inside is a bit unnerving to a horse as the trailer moves around. Once inside the trailer, horses are further confined with the closing of the divider, and the shutting of the door. Finally, after being locked inside, the trailer starts to move. It bumps along the road, eventually stops, and then the doors are opened, and by this time the horse is thinking “Get me out of here!”

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With spring just around the corner our thoughts turn to riding, riding, and more riding. While not nearly as enrapturing, save some consideration for that lonely chariot outside, which gets our beloved steeds to and from events, shows, and trails. Every trailer that has been parked or stored for the winter should undergo a methodical inspection and maintenance routine before hitting the road each year. Safety should always be of primary concern, but comfort is important as well – every time a horse has an unpleasant trailering experience, he or she will go through that much more stress on the next trip.

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