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February 23, 2023

Equine Guelph Drives Home Safety with Online Trailer Course

Equine Guelph develops new short online course on Trailer Safety. Photo Credit: Linda Shantz

Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions, Equine Guelph

Planning on getting hitched in 2023?  Equine Guelph is rolling out a brand-new online course March 6 – 20 on TheHorsePortal.ca – Horse Trailer Safety (Part One).

“WAY too many private horse owners tell me ‘they didn’t know’ after an incident with their horses and trailer/transport. Hauling horses is a serious responsibility,” says Dr. Rebecca Husted.  “Due diligence is required to make sure your set up is safe and emergency preparedness is essential.  This course will ensure you do know how to effectively check your own rig.” 

Join course instructor Dr. Rebecca Husted, internationally sought-after speaker on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue.  Having responded to countless roadside incidents and instructed others on rescue procedure, Husted knows all too well what can go wrong when trucks and trailers are incorrectly paired.  Husted edited and wrote the only textbook available to the fire service and veterinarians on technical rescue of large animals, and several chapters in major veterinary books on similar subjects.  One of her current scientific research interests includes a national survey of trailer accident causality.  In the new Equine Guelph course, Horse Trailer Safety (Part One), emergency preparedness will be discussed but the focus will be on best practices in safety prior to each outing.

Participants in this course will be able to make informed decisions about which towing package (truck and trailer) is right for their needs and will leave with a good knowledge base for pre-trip inspections and general maintenance.  Have sneak peek at this a 10-minute video about checking tires, hitch, lights brakes and making certain the trailer is towing nice and level.  You will gain a whole new perspective for your circle check!

Whether you are looking to purchase a truck and trailer in the near future or want to minimize your risks while driving, this two-week online course will be well worth the investment.  It will also cover preventative maintenance and regular inspections that can extend the life of your trailer as well as improve safety.  Register today at TheHorsePortal.ca for Horse Trailer Safety (Part One).

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