Horse trailer loading tips. I talk about securing the loading door when teaching a horse to load or sacking out on a trailer. I talk about exposed wires on a trailer and painting or protection your floorboards to prevent rotting or aging. I put mats over the boards, the mats hold moisture and stuff on the boards so that is why it is important to clean out and wash your trailer after each use. Horses should NOT be transported on just boards with no mats. The wind, dust, rocks, road splatter and other debris gets blown up through the cracks making the ride much more scary and hard on the horse. Always have mats over the boards, it protects the horse, cushions the ride better, prevents noise and road sound, blocks dust and road debris, protects the wood from the hooves scratching and chipping the wood and distributes the horse's weight more evenly over the wood, which makes the floor stronger and is one wood plank would break the mat would help the horse from falling through it.
Just a few reminders to keep your trailer in top shape, you are carrying cargo that you care about and it is your responsibility to protect and keep your horse safe when you place him in a trailer. Ensuring the floor is safe and strong is a key part to making sure your horse gets somewhere safe, not injured and is not traumatized or has a negative experience in the trailer.
Forgot the mention make sure your horse trailer is LEVEL when parked, if too high or too low it puts pressure and compresses the springs - always level the trailer when parked. Uneven parking also causes flat spots on your tires since more pressure is on one set of tires and less on the other. Moving your trailer every couple of months is good too to help prevent flat spots on tires, rotates tires and so the trailer does not sit on the same spot on tires for long periods of time.