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Although I'm not a professional driver like Stephanie, I have hauled horses to competitive trail rides, and across the country when moving, for over 40 years. I've been fortunate in that my rigs have never been vandalized (knock on wood), but I have found a few surprises when I do a walk-around before I leave and whenever I stop. The surprises have been a blown trailer tire (yes, I kick the truck and trailer tires), a safety chain too low causing sparks, electrical wiring that had slipped down and worn right through (shorting when it touched metal or the ground, not to mention no brakes), and a the trailer door behind my horse wide open because I hadn't properly latched it. Bev
I have found many horse owners who trailer can't back up or hook up a trailer properly be it a gooseneck or a bumper pull. I also found a good majority have no idea how to stop trailer sway. A good majority also don't check mirrors when cornering and don't check the hitch if they stop to go potty or grab a bite along the way. I have caught people peaking into the horse area of my trailer and as a former long haul driver found that people will mess with your rig and do things to it. such as pulling the hitch pin , flattening tires, opening doors/windows while you are out of site. please address the potential hazards of hauling any distance away from home and for when you load up to come home from that trail head and have been out of sight and hearing distance of your rig for any amount of time. horse trailers are a target of vandals and thieves. use hitch locks and locking lug nuts and pad locks on your tack rooms.
How to stop trailer sway. There is a good one for you to address in detail. Learning the hard way is scary!