Scary mechanical breakdown stories from the barn or ranch.

Do you have a scary tire story?

Do you have a scary tire story?

Would you be scared if you saw this tire? I was when this happened to me! We actually had all new tires put on our truck and over the next several months this happened on three of the tires. Interesting fact: When the ‘bubble’ popped…the tire didn’t!

Another day we walked out to the barn and spotted the huge tractor tire spraying liquid…we knew it was going to be an expensive day. The first thing we checked was that the liquid was safe (it was) and then came the cost…gulp.

Thankfully neither of these experiences resulted in injury. Do you have any scary equipment stories or photos?

Would this scare you ?

Would this scare you ?







Scary tire 2


  1. Bren on November 4, 2014 at 7:10 am

    This past summer we borrowed a friend’s horse for our youngest son to show. We were responsible for all transporting (fine by us). A show finished and two horses were loaded into the trailer. The first stop was to drop off our mare at the barn where we board. Second stop was to drop off the borrowed horse, a 25 minute drive away. I returned home, stopped the truck and trailer in front of the house and went inside to call my boys out to unload all the tack. When I walked back outside, the truck spare tire was on the ground. The cable holding it on the truck had snapped, good thing it didn’t happen while I was driving or when there were horses in the trailer!

  2. Tona Lednum on October 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Yes, I had a scary tire situation. Pulling my 3 horse trailer with 1 horse on it, doing about 55mph when one of my trailer tires blew. It was a hugh explosion, rocked the trailer and almost blew the fender off the trailer. The tire was still together so I could contine to move. Luckily I was near an exit ramp so I put on the emergency blinkers and got on the side of the highway and drove very slowly off to a safe place to stop. With help, got the tire changed and continued. I replaced all 4 tires the next week.

    Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:49:09 +0000 To:

  3. cvensel940 on October 30, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Scariest thing was traveling home from a dressage competition with my teen daughter and hauling her horse. My engine was getting hot and the tem was rising with my engine overheating. I added water and the proper fluids to the radiator but I had a 150 mile drive and a horse in the trailer behind. I didn’t want to worry my daughter so I let her sleep while I watched the temp gauge rise. We got 50 miles from the show grounds when I finally realized we were done for. I pulled into a strip mall parking lot and called US Rider. Whew! Talk about the Calvary! The tow came within the half hour, loaded up my vehicle and hitched up the trailer without even unloading the horse and we were home safe and sound. You know, I knew God was in control and we were going to be okay but my daughter is a worrier and I was so glad things worked out for her sake.

  4. Peggy L. Packer on October 30, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I was hauling a two horse bumper pull behind my pickup and camper. I stopped at an intersection and turned left to fuel up and heard a horrible noise. I immediately stopped in the middle of the road, thinking I had lost my trailer and horses! I walked around everything and then realized the camper jack had dropped to the pavement. Fortunately, I hadn’t moved or I would have ripped the corner of the camper off. I blocked traffic in the middle of Alturas, CA for about an hour until we found someone with a socket that could take off the jack. The person on the phone when I called AAA wasn’t helpful at all, they just wanted to tow my rig. I kept saying I just needed a socket and they couldn’t tow my rig because of my horses!

  5. Bill Swart on October 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Yes, the battery on the John Deere 50 hp tractor exploded and sprayed acid. I had had it on the charger overnight. Fortunately I was on the seat starting it so the only damage was to my eardrums. I didn’t know they can short out internally and go boom. Bill

  6. Pat Fear on October 30, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    We had an international Crew Cab that the hood springs failed while we were traveling with a 4 horse trailer attached. It covered the entire windshield so Dad had to look out his window while I looked out mine trying to help keep him on the road since we were fishtailing all over the place. Thankfully, there wasn’t anyone coming in the other lanes and he was able to get it under control and stopped. Once that was done, he took the hood off, put it on the bed or the truck, strapped it down and off we went to the show.

  7. wanda dickey on October 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    We were taking the horses to the vet’s office about 7 miles away the day after the trailer had been in the shop having the brakes looked at for any needed repairs. Things went find until we got ready to leave the vet’s office. Did our usual walk-around inspection (3 former truck drivers). Things looked fine. Michelle (my daughter) got in the driver’s seat of the truck, put it in gear and rolled forward about 20 feet. She checked the rear view side mirror and saw the tire coming off the axle! The brakes were fine but the shop guys had not tightened the lug nuts on the wheel when they put it all back together. Praise the Lord we were not back on the highway when that happened, we were still in the vet’s parking lot!

  8. Kathie Jones on October 30, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I had my horse truck serviced including the park brake before travelling to a show 5 hours away thru a lot of winding roads and a gorge that was known for accidents. I had my QH gelding and a friends’ QH stallion on board. When we got to the show and unloaded we decided to go and get some food from a truck stop at the local port rather than go to town. When we started off there was a load banging. Naturally we stopped and took a look around the truck but couldn’t see anything untoward. At the truck stop I asked if there was a mechanic that could check it out. A guy was called out from home as it was after hours. He put the truck over the pit and found that the driveshaft was only held on by one bolt that only had half a turn left on the thread before it fell off. It was one of those moments when you feel physically sick at the thought of what could have happened. Turns out the guy who serviced the truck got called away to take a phone call when he was puting the drive shaft back on.

  9. Kristy Licu on October 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    I was borrowing a friends 2 horse bumper pull to go on a camping trip. I had by cousin with me helping me get hitched up. I didn’t double check the hitch and on my way to pick up my horse I hit a bump and it came off the hitch and rammed the jack under the truck. Thank goodness it was empty and a really nice gentle man helped me get it off the truck and back on the truck. But it scared the crap out of me. Lesson learned I always double check the hitch even if I do it alone.

  10. Becky Cutcher on October 30, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I was hauling a 4 horse bumper pull trailer behind a motor home, empty thank goodness. A friend and I went to a horse sale about 80 miles from home. We didn’t buy any horses so we started home, up a steep hill on a 2 lane, busy highway. We stopped at a restaurant when we got to the top of the hill and had a late supper. When we started to pull out of the parking place the entire hitch broke off the motor home. There were Angels above watching out for us that night.

  11. Steve on October 30, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Never had that many tires go bad on one vehicle. Would be interesting to know who the manufacturer of those tires is. But, I don’t want to start a “who makes the best tire” debate. Best guess, the factory had a quality control issue that was not identified. Hope the tire dealer replaced them at no cost.

  12. Brenda Mobley-Gibbs on October 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Just this past Saturday. My daughter and I hauled 2 horses to a show. On the way home I had a blow out on one of the trailer tires. Pulled to the shoulder of the interstate and was freaking out at how fast the traffic would whip by me and not move over to the other lane. Discovered my spare was flat. Thank God for great neighbors that came to my rescue. New tires on trailer this week. 🙂

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