Where possible travel with company, this applies to both horse and human.
Ensure you have breakdown cover and have the details in the lorry, we all hope it doesn’t happen but sometimes lorry’s break down or have tyre blow outs. When this happens it’s a godsend for when Mr fix it is just a phone call away.
Take an extra hay net and plenty of water, if you will be delayed at least your horse will be fed and watered.
Put shavings down to stop floors from rotting, moisture from droppings and urine – yes some wee in the lorry! Rot floors quicker than you think.
Travel horses in leather head collars, synthetics are very strong so if your horse gets caught up a leather one will break and your horse will be freed if required.
Have a spare head collar and lead rope on board, just in case the above happens.
Load and unload wearing gloves, no one likes rope burn.
A camera is great way to keep an eye on what is going on, but don’t be distracted by it if you’re
Treats, having them as a distraction or as a reward.
Lunge line, helpful for bad loaders and also cornering things off.
First aid kit – bandages, cool packs.
Weave grills and high breast bars to stop the temptation to jump over if your horse gets upset.
String vs quick release clips, I personally have both!
A drink for yourself and a snack like an energy bar – hydration helps with concentration and food with mood and strength J
Make sure your phone is fully charged and have a charger on board.
Get your lorry regularly serviced, unlike cars your service plan shouldn’t be on miles but should be done on time, once a year have a good look around and fix any little jobs required.
Check you tyres every couple of months, because lorries aren’t used often the tyres will last much longer but check the year, a tyre that is 5 years old will perish in places over time – especially if stood up for long periods or parked on uneven slopes or surfaces this puts pressure on a point of the tyre and makes them weaker so a puncher is much more likely.
Check water and oil as often as you can.
Have a full tank of fuel so if an emergency trip to the vets is called for you are ready to go.