If it has been
awhile since you have pulled a trailer, or if you have never traveled
with a trailer in tow, you should definitely practice backing your
rig before hitting the highway. After all, backing a trailer may look
easier than it actually is.
Use those highway
cones that you set up in a parking lot or vacant lot for practicing
turns. Follow the guidelines below for backing your horse trailer:
the bottom of the steering wheel, with your hand in the 6 o'clock
onto the steering wheel, move your hand in the direction that you
want your trailer to go. For instance, if you want your trailer
to go right, move your hand to the right. If you want the trailer
to go left, move your hand to the left. Note: the more you move
your hand in one direction, the more the trailer will turn in that
When you want to straighten the trailer, move your hand in the opposite
To make a sharp turn while backing, turn the steering wheel BEFORE
pushing on the accelerator pedal.
To back in a wider arc, gently accelerate as you turn the steering
use your side-view mirrors to monitor your progress while backing.
Once you've gotten the hang of making a turn while backing the horse
trailer, practice backing straight down the lane you have created
with the highway cones. When you reach the end, back out of the
lane. Try not to hit any cones!
your horse trailer, be prepared for small changes in angle, so that
you can make adjustments easily and as often as necessary to keep
the trailer on course. With practice, you will get a feel for how
much you need to turn the steering wheel when backing a trailer.
Now You're Ready!
hard, and you now feel comfortable with backing your trailer when
the need to do so arises. If you've practiced your turns and sudden
stops with a horse trailer in tow, and if you feel confident in your
ability to travel on roadways with your rig, go ahead and give it
a try! But, remember, always drive defensively!