I feel like I’m scrambling to get everything I need together before hitting the road to Texas this weekend! It’s been a long time since I hauled such a long distance, and I’m remembering all the things I need. Here’s my take on the absolute essentials needed for travel:
- Health certificate: Health certificates are issued to a horse by a veterinarian, and are required by each state when you are traveling to or through it with your horse. The certificate verifies that the horse was not exhibiting obvious signs of disease on the day of inspection. They’re typically good for 30 days, although when I had Moe’s done a couple of weeks ago, my vet advised that local racetracks were only accepting certificates issued within 3 days!
- Coggins test: I store a copy of each horse’s current Coggins test on Google Drive, just in case I forget or misplace the original.
- Equine first aid kit: I use the USPC’s list, which is pretty comprehensive.
- Trailer-Aid tire changing ramp (and spare tire): This is way, way easier than using a jack to change a trailer tire.
- Printed directions to the destination: Horse shows are often in the middle of nowhere; having a printed copy of the directions prevents total panic when Google Maps is suddenly unavailable. (Or when Google Maps doesn’t have your destination in the correct place!)
- Horse’s hay, feed, and water: Water storage containers like this one can be found online, at camping stores, and at army surplus stores
- Spare halter and lead rope: Maybe bring two spares if your horse is Gina.
What do y’all take on your long road trips?