5 Reasons to Clean Your Horse Trailer After a Trip
Traveling with your horse can be a lot of fun, but eventually you have to come home and deal with the aftermath. Cleaning your horse trailer is among the least glamorous of all horse-related chores, but it’s important maintenance for your trailer. There are lots of reasons to keep your horse trailer sparkling clean, but here are five that will make a huge difference to the quality of your travels:
Prolonging the life of your floors. Many people who are looking at horse trailers for sale do so because their floors are failing and they’re looking to move into a style they believe is hardier. The good news is that you don’t need to give up on your favorite floor type just because you’ve had damage in the past — frequent cleaning helps prevent long-term damage by quickly eliminating moisture and corrosive materials that remain in direct contact with your floor after a horse trip.
Eliminating sources of mold. Horses have delicate respiratory systems, so leaving bits of hay, bedding and grain in the trailer after a trip can have disastrous effects on their health. Instead of leaving this stuff in the trailer after a trip, clean all your feed bins, hay feeders and bedding out right away. Removing these potential food supplies will keep mold spores to a minimum.
Getting rid of potential sources of disease transmission. Even if your horse is perfectly healthy and has always been, there’s a chance he could have tracked in worm eggs or waste from another horse that was getting sick. Parasite eggs are another popular tag along after a horse show or trail ride. All these pathogens can be removed easily by a thorough cleaning of your horse trailer after each trip. Make sure you remove any impacted hay from the cracks between the floor and the wall, too, to prevent future health problems.
Catching problems with floors and mats. When you break your horse trailer down after each and every trip, you’ve got plenty of time to check it from top to bottom. By removing the mats and cleaning both sides, you’ll notice wear long before you might with a purely visual inspection. The same goes for your trailer’s floor. Remember, it’s the only thing keeping your horse off the pavement, so a complete check each and every time you take out the stall mats will alert you to early signs of rot or insect damage.
Speeding up preparation for the next trip. It really doesn’t matter how carefully you plan, something always gets in the way of your goal to leave a little early to beat the traffic on a day you’ve planned a horse trip. If you cleaned your trailer after your last trip, you’ll only need to take a quick glance around to ensure you’ve not added a colony of wasps or gained a resident spider before loading your horse. The less you need to do right before a trip, the better you can focus on getting to your destination on time and with everybody’s sanity intact.
It may seem like a lot of work after a long drive home, but cleaning your horse trailer as soon as you get home can make a huge difference to its longevity and even improve your horse’s health if he’s a frequent traveler.