Are You Crash-Ready?

Here’s what to do if you have a horse-hauling accident and how to avoid a wreck in the first place.
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Are You Crash-Ready?
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What to do if you have a hauling accident and steps you can take today to avoid a wreck in the first place

Cathy Gray and her daughter, Adrienne Higbee, never suspected impending tragedy when they headed home to Albuquerque, New Mexico, from the National Barrel Horse Association Super Show in Las Vegas on June 2, 2014.

Hauling two horses in a three-horse slant-load gooseneck behind their truck, they stopped suddenly, just east of Gallup, New Mexico, to wait in a long line of traffic for an accident half a mile up the road.

“I was watching in my rearview mirror and saw a car stopped behind me, (and was) praying that everyone behind them stopped as well,” Cathy recalls. “In an instant that car was spun into the median, and we were hit by an incredible force from behind

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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