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HIT the ROAD Before you go...know! TRAILERS, from page 18:


do” atitude—there’s no job it’s crew can’t handle. From custom trailers to ATVs and everywhere in between, California Custom will have you covered. It’s return-customer rate reflects its moto, “We sell to sell again!,” and customers can expect to receive the crew’s best service and atitude every time. California Custom is proud to be a 4-Star Trailer dealer, and in addition to horse trail- ers it offers utility, cargo, stock, and custom trailers. This company has the staff and products on hand to make your experience the best it can be. See ad on page 21.


Equi-Trek Potland/


L&D Trailer Sales (541) 806-6333 LandDTrailers.com equi-trek-portland.com


This West Coast-based company serves


the U.S., from coast-to-coast. What are the advantages of the Equi-Trek NEW Day Treka and Night Treka? Equi-Trek’s unique pat- ented side-ramp design eases loading and unloading without sharp turns or reversing. This innovative design offers the best for both horses and rider, with the choice of a large tack area or overnight accommoda- tions with separate tack locker. The wood- free structure and lightweight composite panels provide a lighter-towing trailer. This spacious 7’9” interior headroom trailer is fully enclosed. The low, wide ramp provides easier and safer loading, as the horse is encouraged to enter a light and spacious area with less feeling of confinement. The ramp is situated on the offside so that the


handler remains between the horse and the exit while the horse is being secured. This reduces the risk of being trapped in a con- fined area by an excitable horse. Also, the horse is being led from the nearside which most horses are more accustomed to, giving the horse more confidence when loading. Unloading is made easier because the horse exits the trailer by walking forward, down the wide ramp, eliminating the need to turn in a tight space or go backward. Dropdown window option is NOW available! See ad on page 23.


H&D Custom Trailers/ 4-Star Dealer


A checklist for last-minute trips:


Tow vehicle! Your truck will be working extra hard, especially the transmission, cooling system and brakes. Check fluid levels!


Are mirrors in good shape and adjusted before you pull out?


Is the ball on the tow vehicle the correct size for the horse trailer?


Many towing problems occur from incorrect tire pressure. Check pressure and tire condition of BOTH the trailer and the tow vehicle.


Is your horse trailer level? Give your horse a balanced, level ride for safety and hauling comfort.


Lug nuts should be checked not just before you hit the road, but also periodi- cally along the way.


Before you load your horses, check over connection hardware (hitch, safety chains, etc.) and also be sure the lights work perfectly.


Been a while since you hauled? Check for wasp and bee nests inside the horse trailer!


H&D Custom Trailers


(707) 492-5474 California4Star.com


H&D Custom Trailers in Napa has design


professionals who will help you build the custom 4-Star Trailer of your dreams! These trailers have been the respected leader in making the most sophisticated, technologi- cally advanced, custom-built horse trailers in the world. Through continued collabora- See TRAILERS, page 20


Ready to roll? Be sure every door is securely closed and the horses are tied.


One last check! After going down the driveway, stop, get out and give every- thing one more review. It’s worth the minute or two. And once on the road, if you leave your rig unattended for a while, check everything again!


Information from Usrider.org contributed to this checklist.


Hauling Horses: Still confused? T


Equi-Trek Portland/ L&D Trailer Sales


two pamphlets: http://bit.ly/non-businesstransport http://bit.ly/commerciallicenseorno


he federal government enacted rules almost two years ago that continues to cause confusion across


the livestock industry, including how it affects the transportation of horses. Last year, the American Horse Council worked with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to clarify concerns. Bottom line: In general, these rules do not apply to the occasional, short-haul transportation of horses, provid- ed it is not for compensation or commercial purposes. The result of the AHC-FMCSA meetings were these


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