Transport & Equipment

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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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While there is an abundance of information available on general trailering needs, precious little has been offered on “special needs” transport for horses such as stallions, pregnant mares or those with foals at side, and injured or lame horses. There are few absolutes with horses, but here are some guidelines to keep in mind at all times.

Trailering Your Horse in Winter

By USRider - With bitter cold, snow and ice sweeping over much of the country, those who travel with horses need to be careful when traveling and invest time doing routine preventive trailer maintenance to enhance their travel safety. It is imperative to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving.

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I’ve towed horses for many years with a two-horse bumper-pull trailer attached to the truck in the traditional way – with a ball mount hitch. Some riders towed larger gooseneck trailers hitched to a mechanism permanently welded into the middle of the truck box. I’ve always thought that type of hitch would be incredibly inconvenient whenever you wanted to use the truck for other purposes.

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Tractors by themselves are limited without attachments. Deciding on what tractor attachment to purchase will be driven by your needs and priorities of use. Ask yourself the following questions: Do you need the tractor to simply move square hay bales and manure with a loader?

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The M7-Series is Kubota’s Mid-Range Tractor Entry into the Commercial Livestock and Row-Crop Production Markets. From the floor of its 2014 Dealer Meeting in Nashville, On October 14, 2014, Kubota Canada Ltd. introduced its M7-Series tractor line, three new mid-range tractors in the 130 to 170 horsepower range.

Buying a "Pre-owned" Horse Trailer

By Kevan Garecki - For most folks in the market to buy a horse trailer, the thought of signing a five figure cheque is terrifying. Buying pre-owned is one alternative, but there are many additional and important factors to consider when buying a used horse trailer that could affect your horse's safety.

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