Horse Trailer Involved in Serious Accident, Show Horse Critically Injured

Posted by Paige Cerulli
ABC News

A serious crash involving a horse trailer led to the death of one horse, but the situation could have been much worse. 

A serious accident involving a horse trailer resulted in the death of one of the horses that were being transported. The accident occurred in Redlands, California on the eastbound 10 Freeway. A semi truck jackknifed, hitting a horse trailer that held seven show horses at the time. The collision tore a large hole in the side of the trailer.

One of the horses was reported to be heavily bleeding, but no other major injuries were reported. A veterinarian on scene initially stated that it didn't look like any of the horses would have to be euthanized, but one horse was later put down.

Accidents involving horse trailers can be devastating. It is very difficult to keep a trailer under control when it has been struck by another vehicle, and horses can be thrown about and injured even by the most minor collisions.

If you plan to trailer your horse, be sure that you always perform regular trailer maintenance so that you know your vehicle is safe and up to the task. It's a good idea to have an experienced driver teach you how to drive your trailer, and to always take things slow. Simple skills like leaving plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you can help you avoid potential accidents.

If you'll be hiring a horse transportation service to haul your horse, be sure to hire a service you can trust. The transporter should be knowledgeable and experienced, should have a clean driving record, and should haul with newer, well-maintained equipment. Always get references before hiring a transporter.

There are various steps that we can take to avoid trailer accidents, but sometimes accidents still occur. Our thoughts are with all involved in the California trailer accident.

Have you ever had a close call while pulling your horse trailer? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Horse Trailer Involved in Serious Accident, Show Horse Critically Injured