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"Ask-Cherry" - Hauling Questions

Safe Trailering Guide

How to Handle 8 Trailering Emergencies

Horse Housing



How do I prevent my horse from bolting from the trailer?

Where do I haul one horse?

How often do I need to check my horse when traveling?

This month's questions tells me that you are on the road again or want to be. I've answered a few trailer related questions here and included a link to a booklet that I wrote for Farnam: "Safe Trailering Guide".


      I am having a problem with my horse who has picked up this habit of bolting out of the horse trailer when we open the back. Its at the point where it takes 2 people to load her since she will bolt. I'm scared that one of my kids will get hurt since she comes out so forcefully once the butt-bar is taken down. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. - Mitzi

Dear Mitzi,

To start fixing unloading problems you need to work on in-hand work and loading. You state in your question that it takes 2 people to load her which indicates that is where you need to start - with the loading. Start from square one reviewing all in hand work. Some of these things might be a quick review and others will show you where your horse's "holes" are and where you need to work. Here's a checklist to get you going:

  • Head Down
  • Whoa on a Long Line
  • Leading Next to You
  • Respecting Your Personal Space
  • Turn on the Forehand
  • Side Pass
  • Back
  • Backing Through obstacles such as rails, barrels
  • Turn on the Center in a Box
  • Crossing odd footing such as concrete, wooden bridge
  • Standing on elevated platform
  • Leading Under a safe low ceiling such as a tarp
  • Leading past the Trailer

There are step-by-step photo instructions for these lessons and more in

Trailering Your Horse

Once you and your horse have mastered all of these things, sending her into the trailer will be a piece of cake, very anti-climactic. When you DO start loading here again in the trailer, just ask her to take ONE STEP AT A TIME. You might make her stand with just her front feet in and then back her out. This may take days or weeks but when you have finished, you will have a solid horse that will retain the good habits for life. Cherry Hill, award-winning author of books on horse training, riding, horse


Dear Cherry,
      My question relates to safely hauling one horse! I have been advised to load him on the left side of my stock trailer as opposed to the right side. Told it's safer for the horse and better balance for trailer and truck. My trailer has no divider down the middle, just a "rear" gate in the middle. He seems to haul just fine on the right side but everyone tells me BIG mistake, haul on the left side when hauling just one horse!! Help!!! Thanks very much in advance for your input! - Alice

Dear Alice,

Yes, indeed. When you haul one horse in a trailer, it is best to put the horse on the left side of the trailer so that the weight of the horse is up on the crown of the road. The crown is the highest portion of the road at the center of the road. Many roads slope downward from the crown toward the shoulder of the road so if you put a horse in the right side of your trailer, his weight would tend to pull the trailer off the road toward the shoulder. This may not be a big issue if you are hauling on an absolutely flat interstate highway, for example, but if you were hauling on a narrow or mountainous road, where there is often a ditch very close to the edge of the road, you would see why this is an important rule to follow. Cherry Hill, award-winning author of books on horse training, riding, horse


Dear Cherry, I am a relatively new horse owner and will be trailering my horse to trail rides this summer. I need to learn all the things I should and shouldn't do when I am traveling with my horse such as when do I stop, what do I do, unload my horse? What else do I need to know? Chaylean

Hi Chaylean,

I've written two publications that answer these questions. The most thorough answers are found in

Trailering Your Horse

The other publication that answers trailering questions is a booklet I wrote for Farnam called the Safe Trailering Guide. Below is an excerpt which should answer your questions. Cherry Hill, award-winning author of books on horse training, riding, horse

Safe Trailering Guide (excerpt)

Horse Check

If horse is wearing a sheet or blanket, slip your hand under it. If the horse is wet, he is too hot or has broken into a nervous sweat. Depending on the situation, you might change the blanket, unload the horse, or put a cooler on the horse to help him dry gradually. Check and adjust vents.

    • Perform a pinch test to evaluate level of dehydration. Know what is normal for your horse.
    • Offer the horse water with electrolytes.
    • If you suspect a problem, take the horse's temperature, pulse and respiration and capillary refill time. Know what is normal for the horse.
    • Clean manure from the back of the trailer.
    • Check leg wraps and tail wraps.
    • Keep your horse on his regular feeding schedule.
    • In general, clean grass hay is the safest traveling ration but feed your horse the type of hay he is accustomed to.


If you are going to travel over 400 miles or 8 hours, consider stopping for the night or at least unloading the horse for an hour of exercise or turnout.

If a horse is not urinating regularly on a long trip, you can encourage him to urinate en route by bedding the trailer stall deeply with sawdust. Be sure to remove urine soaked bedding to prevent irritation to the horse's respiratory tract from ammonia fumes. Some horses that are reluctant to urinate on board will readily urinate when unloaded along a grassy roadside or in a turnout pen.

You can read the entire Safe Trailering Guide here:

How to Handle 8 Trailering Emergencies

Read our article in the June 2002 Western Horseman, page 52 - 58.

Horse Housing

We are now shipping Horse Housing. For more information and a full table of contents go here:

Horse Housing

That's it for this month. Keep your mind in the middle and a leg on each side.

Cherry Hill, award-winning author of books on horse training, riding, horse


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