How to Stop Your Horse Trailer in an Emergency
Probably the worst nightmare you could ever imagine would be having your horse trailer come unhitched from your vehicle. I know it’s an awful thought, but unfortunately, it can and does happen.
That’s why it’s so important to check the emergency breakaway system on your rig. When you service your trailer each year, this should be part of the checkup.
The emergency breakaway system consists of a breakaway brake (located on the coupler of the horse trailer), a battery, a removable pin, and a cable attached to the pin.
And how does this all work?
When you hook up, connect the emergency breakaway cable to the permanent part of the hitch on your vehicle. Don’t connect it to the removable ball mount.
Now, let’s say the unthinkable happens and your trailer pops off the hitch or the whole ball mount comes out (people have been known to forget to put the pin in.)
As the trailer and tow vehicle separate, the emergency breakaway cable is stretched to its limit and the removable pin pops out. This activates the trailer’s brakes and stops the trailer.
An important player in the breakaway system is the battery. You should test it regularly to be sure it is fully charged. Newer horse trailers often come equipped with a rechargeable battery.
Keep you and your horses safe on the road. Make sure your emergency breakaway system works.
Answer to last week’s trivia question:
So, did you guess which horse was the only one to be disqualified after winning the Kentucky Derby?
If you guessed Dancer’s Image, you were right! Congratulations!