If you travel with horses, a good horse trailer monitoring system can bring peace of mind and a heightened level of safety to your journey. A trailer camera will tell you something’s not right before a disaster plays out. In the best times, it lets you know things are ok.
Your horses may be experienced travelers, but at some time or another, something is going to happen to upset or bother them. A trailer camera won’t stop that “something” from happening, but it can let you know when trouble’s brewing so you can safely pull over and take action.
Things can go from good to bad quickly. Horses can get tangled in a hay net or a shoe snagged on a floor mat. Some horses want to throw their heads up or pull back, causing disruption. A flat tire can scare them. Simply fidgeting with the next horse can cause enough ruckus for a horse to get in a bind.
What’s the best horse trailer monitoring system for your rig?
The following information and videos discuss top-rated wireless trailer cameras and brands. Each has its own unique qualities and specs. They’ll all get the job done, so check them out to see what fits your horse towing needs and budget.
Hyndsight Journey Kit
Eliminate blind spots, back up with ease and prevent collisions. You can also use portable Hyndsight vision systems to observe horses in the barn, monitor during foaling and watch horses in pasture.
Hyndsight Vision Systems video:
Because of its portability, this monitoring system is actually marketed for much more than horse transport. It is highly popular for monitoring boating and water skiing. It is used in agriculture for constant visual check of grain bin levels (no climbing down to check load fill) or hay bailers, augers, etc., crop dusting, as well as monitoring livestock pens, livestock transport, and (of course!) watching the children.
That’s pretty portable!
Trailer Eyes TE-0115 Digital Trailer Monitor
TrailerEyes TE 0115 Video
TrailerEyes TE-0115 horse trailer monitoring system advertises a 5-minute Do-It-Yourself set up with no tools needed. The range of wireless connections is up to 450 feet. It is recommended for use in horse trailers up to 40 feet long. The unit can be powered by a 9 volt battery, 12 volt DC , 110/240 volt AC or an emergency jump start battery pack. It has infrared night vision and HD resolution.
Trailer Eyes WiFi HD Trailer and Barn Cam
TrailerEyes WiFi Trailer Cam Video
The TrailerEyes WiFi cam is can be used indoors and outdoors, and there is intercom ability but you need to buy the mic and speaker separately. Lots of other features too, as it can be used as a barn camera. Whether used inside the trailer or at the barn, it transmits images to your smartphone or tablet within a 150-foot range.
Tadibrothers Wireless Horse Trailer Backup Camera Systems
Tadibrothers Wireless Trailer Camera video
The system comes with a cigarette adapter, but any 12 volt power source will work. The unit has a 50 foot range able to pass through truck and trailer. You can make this monitoring system completely “wireless” and portable by using a C clamp to securely fasten the camera (rather than bolting it down) and then powering the unit with their battery packs.
A word about “wireless” cameras
What is a wireless monitoring system? It’s a unit that does not require video cables running from the back of your rig to the front. But, the camera and monitor still have to be hard wired into a power supply. Often the power source is the cigarette lighter/adapter or a battery. Any power supply will do, according the each system’s specs.
A good rear view camera monitor can alert you to a horse in distress, and help to avoid horse trailer accidents. Some horse trailer monitoring systems also serve a multitude of uses in the barn, paddock, riding ring, pasture, wash pit and other locations.
Always remember, the safe way to monitor horses while traveling is with a buddy. The driver should have eyes on the road, not the monitor; let a passenger help keep an eye on the horses’ activities in the trailer!
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