Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year!

All of us at Burdette Brothers wanted to take a moment to thank our clients for another successful year. We wish you and your families a very Happy New Year! We look forward to serving you again in 2015, also including our new line of trailers... Cornpro!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!!

Here in Maryland, Burdette Brothers wants to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! We are proud to serve Maryland for over 75 years and look forward to continuing to serve you all in the new year! Thanks for trusting us with all of your trailer and auto needs!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? These trailers MUST GO!

We have a few trailers on the lot that absolutely need to go ASAP to make room for the new 2015 inventory! These are incredible deals on really nice trailers so be sure to check them out and pass the word along to anyone you may know who is looking!

The first one is a 2013 Featherlite Model 9810 stock number 517t.  This trailer is perfect for that trainer looking to be able to haul more horses to competitions. The Price is reduced to only $48,500!

Next up is a 2013 Featherlite Model 8533, stock number 603t. This is a 3-horse trailer with living quarters. This trailer is perfect for those that travel with their horses either for competitions or pleasure. Priced at only $41,575 this luxury trailer is a steal!

Third is a 2014 Featherlite model 9607, stock number 664t. This beautiful straight load trailer has custom burgundy and silver detailing and is ready to go! Priced at $32,900 you must come see this one!

Up next is a 2012 Featherlite Model 9607, stock number 303t. This beautiful trailer is still shiny new and perfect for someone with only one or two horses. Priced at a mere $17,200, you can't pass this deal up!

Last but certainly not least is a 2012 Featherlite Model 9607, stock number 294t. This gorgeous trailer is ready to go to it's new home and be put to use! You are sure to look great arriving in this shiny trailer. Priced well below dealer costs at $17,500 this trailer is an absolute must! Be sure to come see it today!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Winter-Hauling How-To Tips

Winter-Hauling How-To Tips

You can haul your horse all year long, even in the dead of winter, as long as you do so safely. Learn how to ready your rig for winter hauling.

Before you leave, check all lights on your towing vehicle and trailer. Replace any non-functioning lights.

You can haul your horse all year long, even in the dead of winter, as long as you do so safely. Here, I'll first tell you how to ready your rig for winter hauling. Then I'll go over how to help keep your equine friend comfortable when you haul him in winter conditions. Finally, I'll give you six ways to ease trailer-loading in snow and ice.

Ready Your Rig

Before you set out with your horse in tow, you need to ready your rig for winter conditions. Here's how.

Apply reflective decals. Apply extra reflective decals on the back and sides of your trailer, so that other drivers can see your rig in poor conditions. One good source for trailer decals is Caution Horses Safety Products.

Invest in good tires. Invest in quality tires for your entire rig. Check tire pressure before every trip; comply with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Check all lights. Recruit an assistant to help you check all lights on your towing vehicle and trailer. Replace any non-functioning lights.

Carry chains. Keep quality chains handy if snow and ice are significant enough to use them. Check your state's chain requirements. Generally, if you have to chain up the drive axle of your towing vehicle, you should have chains on the trailer as well.

Top off the fuel tank. And don't let your fuel tank get below a half-tank. If you'll be driving in remote areas, carry extra fuel.

Top off the windshield-wiper fluid. And make sure the windshield wipers are working. Place a long-handled windshield scraper in your vehicle.

Comply with local brake laws. Every state has its own laws related to trailer brakes. To find out the laws in your state, consult AAA's website.

Turn off the Jake brake. Engine brakes are wonderful for towing vehicles -- they do a fantastic job slowing the rig to minimize brake wear under dry conditions. But a diesel engine's compression-release engine brake (also referred to by the brand name Jacob's brake, or Jake brake) can lead to a jackknife if used in slick road conditions, since they slow your towing vehicle first.

Sync the brakes. Make sure the trailer brakes complement the brakes of your towing vehicle. When you're on a steep downhill in slick conditions, you might need to slow the trailer with brakes greater than your vehicle's brakes.

Consult the manufacturer's instructions. Generally, brakes are best set on dry, flat ground at a slow speed and need to be adjusted for the load. Position the electronic brake so you can manually engage it via the thumb control.

Turn off cruise control. If you get into a slide, the precious second or two that it takes to turn off the cruise control may doom your chances of maintaining control.

Weight your towing vehicle. If you'll be towing an empty trailer, note that it'll jackknife more easily than a loaded one. For better control, place concrete blocks or bags of sand into the back of your truck to add weight over the rear axle.

Pack cold-weather gear. For the horses, pack extra hay and at least 10 gallons of water (non-frozen). For you, carry a cell phone with charger, emergency blankets, jackets, high-energy snack foods, and a thermos of hot drink, in case your towing vehicle or trailer breaks down and you need to wait roadside for help.

Keep Him Comfortable

Here's how to help keep your horse comfortable while hauling him in the winter.

Invest in quality tires for your entire rig. Check tire pressure before every trip; comply with the manufacturer.

Provide good-quality hay. Even in really cold weather, horses create more heat than you think they do. The best way to keep your horse warm in the trailer is to provide good-quality hay.

Watch over-blanketing. It's easy to over-blanket your horse. Most trailers are poorly ventilated, so they tend to get very warm with body heat, even in below-freezing temperatures. A light sheet or blanket is sufficient for most horses.

Apply leg protection. Apply leg protection, such as polo wraps or shipping boots. In winter, it's especially important to protect your horse's precious lower legs from slips and kicks.

Increase ventilation. Humidity and condensation buildup from your horse's breath can cause respiratory illness. Improve the indirect ventilation in your trailer to counteract this risk.

Avoid drafts. That said, make sure that there are no direct drafts hitting your horse, especially on his face and eyes. Freezing-cold temperatures with wind can result in damaged corneas from frostbite.

Monitor your horse. On the road, check your horse frequently. If there's sweat under the blanket, he's cooking inside. If he's clipped and lacks natural insulation, carefully monitor him for sweat or shivering.

Trailer-Loading Tips 

Here are six ways to ease trailer-loading in snow and ice.
Train your horse. Prior preparation and good training are important to make sure your horse is a good loader; if he rushes in or out, he can easily slip.

Wear good boots. Slipping, falling or breaking a limb is really a downer on your planned trip. Find good-quality boots that will keep your feet warm, protect your feet, and provide good traction.

Lay in supplies. Keep sand/shavings/salt and a broom/shovel in the trailer so that if you must load in icy conditions, you can minimize the chance of injury.

Find traction. Park so that the trailer's ramp is positioned on the best traction you can find. Dirt is preferred, but snow is better than ice or asphalt.

Check the trailer stalls. Check the inside of the trailer. Frozen urine and manure are slippery. A fall inside the trailer can lead to serious injury and even death.

Create an inviting environment. Put fresh hay in the bags and a little grain in the manger. Open the doors and windows, so there's plenty of light. The more inviting you make the trailer's interior, the more likely your horse will feel confident enough to step in.

Rebecca Gimenez, PhD (animal physiology), is a primary instructor for Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue. A Major in the United States Army Reserve, she's a decorated Iraq War veteran and a past Logistics Officer for VMAT-2. She's an invited lecturer on animal-rescue topics around the world and is a noted equine journalist.
- See more at: http://trailridermag.com/article/how-to-prep-for-hauling-your-horse-in-the-winter-18783#sthash.qk15lywm.dpuf

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BIG Announcement for 2015!!

We are excited to announce that coming in 2015, we will be carrying a new line of steel trailers... CornPro!  Stay tuned to find out more details as we get our inventory!