Probably the biggest stressor of going to a ride or traveling anywhere with your horse in tow is the big what if. What if we break down? Although there are many motor clubs / tow services out there, most will not deal with your trailer and more importantly your horse. If you have a fantastic social network of trailer towing friends you may be able to find rescue. But how long will you be left standing on the roadside without water for your horse? Will you be even able to track down someone willing to drive a hundred or more miles to come to your rescue?
A company called US RIDER
will come to your aid, and more importantly make sure your horse is
rescued as well. Better still they will come to your rescue even if
you are in someone else's vehicle! I've carried their plan for several
years now and have had reason to call them twice. Once in my personal
vehicle trying to get home in a wicked snow storm I slid off the road
and laid my car over on its side. They came out in the weather and
pulled me out. Another morning in my personal vehicle I had a flat, and
they sent someone out to fix that. On a ride with a friend who also
carries US RIDER she inadvertently locked her keys in the truck, and
they came out to the trail head and unlocked her vehicle. I've been
fortunate to not have needed horse assistance yet, but many others have
and satisfaction is high with US RIDER.
You can be towed up to 100 miles fully covered. Above that they will
still tow you and your horses and trailer but you may have cover the
expense over 100 miles.
Roadside: repair up to $200.
Battery: A jump to get you started.
Tires: Change a flat with your spare.
Lock out: Get you back in!
Emergency lodging: They will find and get you too someplace to stay while the vehicle is getting fixed.
Essentials: Delivery of fuel, water, oil to your location.
emergency trip to the vet in case of collision, emergency lodging for
the horse, a horse trailer to transport the horse, stabling, and many
other benefits. They will even connect you to a local farrier in the
case of a lost shoe while vacationing with your horse.
Check them out!
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association