How to tow a horse trailer [VIDEO GUIDE]

  • As part of an initiative with Land Rover, H&H produced a series of instructional videos explaining how to tow a horse trailer. The videos below cover all the things you need to consider before setting out with your horse and trailer. NB: the competition to win an Ifor William horse trailer has closed.

    Preparing to tow a horse trailer

    There are some checks you should make to your horse trailer and towing vehicle before you set out.

    • Check the oil and water levels on your towing vehicle
    • Look for damage to tyre walls on both the towing vehicle and trailer, including the spare wheel
    • Check the handbreak is applied on the trailer and that there is no damage to the breakaway cable
    • The electrical connector must be clean
    • Check the trailer has the correct numberplate for the towing vehicle

    How to hitch up your horse trailer

    • Check the handbreak is securely on, then remove the hitch lock
    • Adjust the height of the hitch by winding up the jockey wheel
    • Reverse back slowly until the towball is below the hitch cup
    • It helps to have someone guide you back, or try leaning a broom against the hitch to you gauge the distance and location of the hitch
    • Attach the breakaway cable securely to the vehicle. Don’t just loop it over the towball.
    • Wind down the hitch until it is securely attached, then release the handbreak (NOT the other way around as suggested in the video!)
    • Wind up the jockey wheel up to its highest position and put the pin in place. Then release the lever, pull the jockey wheel right up and secure it
    • Attach the electrical cable and make sure all the lights are working correctly

    How to tow a horse trailer

    • Pull away slowly to allow your horse to find and maintain his balance
    • Look ahead and read the road to avoid unnecessary braking
    • Use your mirrors to check your trailer’s position on the road
    • Position the trailer so the wheels is not too close to the curb/gutter as this will give your horse an uncomfortable ride
    • Approach junctions slowly and position your vehicle to allow room for the trailer to turn
    • Slow down before corners, make a smooth turn allowing room for the trailer, then gently accelerate away
    • Make sure you know the speed limits that apply when towing

    Dealing with a breakdown

    Dealing with a breakdown when you’ve got horses on board is something we all hope to avoid, but if it does happen the following advice will help keep you and your horses safe.

    • Put your hzard warning lights on and pull over to the side of the road
    • Take care getting out of the vehicle and put on high-visability or other bright clothing
    • Place an emergency triangle approx 50ft behind the trailer
    • Check your horse is comfortable and offer hay/water as necessary
    • Call your breakdown company. NB: standard breakdown will not include rescuing your horse so it’s worth investing in a specialist breakdown policy to know your horse will be taken home in an emergency

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