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Re: weigh stations/legal classification of horse trailers

Yes, these are the very concerns I have.  I've pulled a two horse all over
the country with not tags and never been questioned; for that matter, never
pulled over.   But, I guess a larger rig makes you stand out a bit more.
And I believe you are so right in how the particular state trooper
interprets the law... and, perhaps, what he had for dinner that night may
weigh into the whole picture.  There is so much gray area in all of this
trailering stuff.   Maybe I'd better give the KY state police a jingle and
see what their take on the matter is...and my insurance company.  Never gave
any of it too much thought until the thread regarding weigh stations and
such began.  Incidentally, I think it's an excellent and useful thread.
Those who think it is not, may feel differently when horses and rig are
impounded on the way to a ride next time.

All animals except man know that the ultimate
of life is to enjoy it.
                                    Samuel Butler
-----Original Message-----
From: Teddy Lancaster <>
To: Susan Swope-Attardi <>
Cc: Glenda R. Snodgrass <>; Ridecamp
Date: Monday, May 11, 1998 12:39 PM
Subject: Re: weigh stations/legal classification of horse trailers

>I THINK that you are required to have tags outside Kentucky, but not sure.
>states have reciprocal agreements, so maybe you are okay.
>I remember caravanning with two Kentucky rigs to PA some years ago.  They
>pulled over in Maryland (always a tough state on regs) for not having
>When tyhe said Kentucky did not require them, the officer let us go.  Don;t
>if we were lucky or not. So much depends on how the particular office
>the laws.
>Susan Swope-Attardi wrote:
>> All this talk about weigh stations, license plates, etc.., etc., makes me
>> wonder where we few states that do not require the licensing of trailers
>> fall.  I live in Kentucky and pull a 4 horse with LQ with a Ford F-350
>> powerstroke.   Sure, I could go license the thing, there's no restriction
>> against that.  But, then I'd be required to pay $400-500 in property tax
>> year.   I've always felt pretty lucky to be able to get away with this
>> luxury, but, how will this affect us in weigh stations if we are forced
>> stop.   And, with all this crackdown in general, how will the state
>> outside of Kentucky view us?
>> Susan
>> All animals except man know that the ultimate
>> of life is to enjoy it.
>>                                     Samuel Butler
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Glenda R. Snodgrass <>
>> To: Teddy Lancaster <>
>> Cc: Ridecamp <>
>> Date: Monday, May 11, 1998 10:17 AM
>> Subject: legal classification of horse trailers
>> >Teddy, I think your idea about lobbying for change is a great idea.
>> >of the confusion arises from the fact that vehicles are licensed by
>> >individual states, with different regs in every state, but interstate
>> >travel is federally-regulated, so there are conflicts & gaps.  There
>> >needs to be some universal classification of horse trailers.
>> >
>> >When I bought my horse trailer (a small 2H BP) and took the papers down
>> >the DMV to get a tag, the clerk didn't know what kind of tag to give me.
>> >I couldn't get a "farm" tag for it, because I live inside city limits.
>> >asked the woman next to him, and she didn't know, and they got the
>> >supervisor, and all disappeared in a back office for about 20 minutes,
>> >then came out with a "trailer" tag, which is normally used for utility
>> >trailers (like U-Hauls and such), but I didn't want to question it at
>> >point.
>> >
>> >Re insurance, someone recently posted about horse trailers & contents
>> >being covered under homeowners -- this is not the case in AL.  In AL, a
>> >horse trailer is a vehicle, and is insured & regulated as a vehicle.
>> >Before I bought my trailer, I rented one from a local trailer sales &
>> >repair shop, with NO insurance.  I called my insuror, to see whether the
>> >policy on my truck would cover a trailer I was towing, and was told NO.
>> >My liability would cover 3rd party damage if the trailer came unhitched
>> >and ran into another car or fence or something, but my insurance would
>> >not cover damages to the trailer itself.  There's no way in this state
>> >have insurance coverage on a trailer that is not your own, even
>> >temporarily when borrowing or renting.  A strange mish-mash of laws.
>> >
>> >Glenda & Lakota
>> >Mobile, AL
>> >

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