It is always best to be prepared when traveling with horses. Always pack at least one day ahead to ensure you have time to locate all items needed. The last thing you want to do is be scrambling the night before (or the morning of)! Here are some essential items to have in your horse trailer when going down the road with horses.


  • Registration for Horses Health Certificates
  • Current Coggins
  • Registration and Insurance for Truck
  • List of emergency numbers and contacts

Trailer Items

  • Equine and Human First Aid Kit
  • A tire iron that fits the tires for your trailer
  • Trailer block that you can drive up onto
  • WD40
  • Flash Light
  • Duct Tape
  • Electrical Tape Knife
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Bedding
  • Manure Fork

Horse Care Items

  • Spare Halter and Lead
  • Extra Hay and Water
  • Water and Feed Bucket
  • Fly Spray
  • Blanket, Sheets if needed
  • Mane and tail Brush
  • Curry Comb
  • Rubber Bands
  • Body Brush
  • Grooming Towel
  • Detangling Spray
  • Sweat Scraper
  • Hose
  • Treats
  • Feed
  • Tack Items: Bits, Bridles,
  • Saddle and Girth, Pad, Horse
  • Boots and Reins
  • Helmet/ Hat

This list can be expanded as needed to fit any sort of discipline. If you check your list each time before you leave, then you will have a more pleasant trip to the show or on the trails.

Ashley Best, Newton County Extension Coordinator