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Let it go

Updated: May 20, 2019

A few years back I was hauling horses to Scottsdale with a friend. The trip was going great with no problems and then we got up one side of the mountain at Flagstaff Arizona. As we drove down the other side it started to snow. Then is snowed really hard. I am from Wisconsin and we get snow, but we are on flat ground, not driving down the side of a mountain. Needless to say, I was a little worried. My buddy climbs over the seat and says, “I’m going to sleep.” I’m thinking what the hell? We are going through a storm, it’s the first time I drove down a mountain with a horse trailer and you’re going to sleep. He said, “What am I going to do about it?”

He was right. He had no control over it and probably would have made me more nervous if he had been telling me what to do. Of course, we made it without a problem, but I always remember that incident when there is a problem. I ask myself, “What can I do?”

Now on the way back home I was driving again and a car slammed on the brakes in front of me. My friend said, “Use the brake controller.” This is a great thing to do if you happen to be having trouble stopping with a horse trailer. When you press the controller the trailer brakes are applied harder. This keep the trailer straight by stopping the backend first while applying the maximum amount of trailer brakes you have stopping the rig faster.

This time he did have useful information and I was glad he shared it.

When we are in a situation we need to think can we make this what’s happening better? If yes, then do it. If no, then forget about it. Both are equally important!

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