Featured Horse Trailer: 2016 Bison Premiere

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Stylish, luxurious and engineered with safety and function in mind, the Bison Premiere line of living quarter horse trailers for you and your equines is truly a ride ahead of the herd.

Bison, the leading manufacturer of horse trailers with living quarters, takes equine trailers to a new level with its 2016 Premiere line, which features top-of the line finishing for you and your horses.

When the road is your home, the show grounds your park, or if your travels include trail riding, the Bison Premiere fifth wheel models offer home-like comforts usually reserved for the luxury RV market, from the private master bedroom to raised-panel wood kitchen cabinetry.

For 2016 Bison Premiere offers 3 and 4 horse slant models complete with optional manger and generous well-organized tack room. The luxuriously appointed living quarters are cooled with a quiet and powerful ducted air conditioning system and include a full-sized slide for comfortable living as well as a private queen bedroom.

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Whether it’s a trailer for three or four horses, the 2016 Bison Premier features all-aluminum frame construction and exterior for a tow loaded with luxury, not weight, even at more than 40 total feet. A heavy-duty goose neck coupler is illuminated by a convenient hitch light to make hook-up painless. Travel smoothly on the dual axle chassis then enjoy full-hook up or self-contained camping.

A closer look at the Bison Premier 8317 gives insight to the quality and design the 2016 Bison Premiere Living Quarter horse trailer models offer.

Enter the living area into an expansive kitchen featuring Amish-crafted, solid raised panel spiced maple or walnut cabinetry that creates a solid, stylish look while providing ample overhead and base cabinet storage. Upgraded solid surface counter tops provide plenty room for preparing family meals and a built-in 6-cubic foot refrigerator holds enough to feed your equine enthusiasts. A residential-sized stainless steel convection-microwave oven and upgradeable two-burner stove keep cooking quick and the living quarters cool.

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The unique L-shaped kitchen features a stainless steel, residential-grade sink positioned below a raised counter that adds seating space for two; perfect for a quick breakfast, snack or enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning.

The kitchen’s coordinated decorator back splash, and durable and beautiful residential grade wood-grain style flooring helps keep maintenance time to a minimum.

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A 16-foot, carpeted, flush-floor slide out expands the open plan living and dining area. Tucked into the slide is a generous booth for family dinners, game time or entertaining. A Bison exclusive “Visionary” sofa shares the slide, creating a cozy multi-function living area, topped by additional,  raised panel overhead storage. Both the dining area and sofa convert to create additional sleeping capacity for family and friends.

An exclamation point to the living area is the built-in, storage-rich entertainment center, featuring an LED TV and electric fireplace, giving the coach the look, feel and comfort of a high-end RV. Energy efficient LED lighting and vinyl valances with auto roller shades are included throughout.

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Behind the entertainment center, step up to a private queen bedroom, with matching nightstands, overhead storage, shirt closet and storage closet. Doze off while watching the TV in the Bison Premiere’s second entertainment center.

Step down and walk back, across the unit to the surprisingly large and functional bathroom. At the entrance to the bathroom is a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe. Inside the bathroom, experience the storage and comfort you might expect to find in a top-of-the-line coach, including a large radius shower, with residential style, oil-rubbed bronze shower faucet and hand wand, enclosed by a glass door as well as a walk-in storage closet and large linen cabinet. A porcelain commode, bath vanity with solid surface top and porcelain sink, and mirrored medicine cabinet complete the bathroom.

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Access the horse trailer area directly from a convenient full-sized door in the bathroom. The horse area is lined and insulated, with stud stall padded stalls, pop up roof vents, jail bar dividers, LED lights, and fans. The area features a collapsible rear tack area with saddle racks, bridle hooks and brush tray. The rear aluminum constructed doors feature double cam-bars for a tight seal, while positive slam latched horse gates are comfortably padded for your horses.

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The Bison Premiere line includes several other models, with and without a dinette, and with slant three and slant four options. Across the 2016 Bison Premiere living quarter horse trailer line is the look and feel of a high-end motor coach with the quality and functionality of a top-of-the-line working horse trailer.

To see how the Bison Premiere can fulfill your living quarter trailer needs visit the horse trailer experts at Crossroads Trailer Sales.

How to Keep Your Horse (or Pets) Cool in the Summer

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Long summer days are perfect for family fun and made even better if the day is shared with family pets or on horseback. Keep the summer fun healthy for everyone, including your horse, pony, and family pets by recognizing that heat and sun can be dangerous for your animals.

Blazing sun, high humidity, confined spaces, over-exertion and dehydration are all potential risks to horses, ponies and pets in the summer months. Keep you and your pets cool with awareness, timing and a big dose of precaution.

Take advantage of the long days, and plan strenuous activities with your horses and pets in the cool early morning or in the long shadows of the early evening. “Limit strenuous riding to late evening or early morning when the temperature is lower,” recommends the  Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “ Use less tack in the hot summer by minimizing saddle pads and leg boots.”

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The same rule applies when you’re considering a jog with your dog. “On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours,” says The Humane Society of the United States, “and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing.” When the temperature goes up, take down the intensity and duration of exercise with your pet, according to the Humane Society. “Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible,” says the Humane Society, and “always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.”

In horses, dehydration, respiratory distress, and colic – even fatal heatstroke or heat exhaustion – can all be caused by the sun and humidity of summer, according to the Dr. Fosters and Smith Veterinary Supply website. Keep your horse safe from the perils of summer with some common sense safe guards.iStock_000085393831_Medium

According to Doctors Fosters and Smith website, horses can drink more more than 25 gallons of water a day when the temperature is above 70 degrees.  Offer free, cool, clean water in a suitable bucket throughout the day; keep water troughs clean and filled.  Turn horses out to pasture in the early morning and make sure there’s shade– natural or man made. When horses are working in heat and humidity and sweating excessively, offer electrolyte supplements to avoid muscle cramps, fatigue and colic.

Once your horse is back in the barn or other shelter, turn on the stable fans and open doors and windows to increase ventilation. Use misting fans or sponge cold water over your horse. Quality fodder is especially important in summer months. Feed hay provides the energy horses need to help control  body temperature and support the natural the cooling process.

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Cool off hot dogs by directing them into shade or bringing them indoors on hot days.  Remember, for your canine friends, a fan alone may not do the trick, according to the Humane Society.  Unlike people, dogs sweat primary through their feet, the Humane Society says, so fans alone are not effective.

Do not keep horses confined in steamy hot trailers for extended times and never leave dogs in locked cars – even with the windows cracked, says the Humane Society.

When the family pets are outside, make sure there is plenty of protection from direct sunlight.  The Humane Society reminds pet owners that dog houses and other similar shelters are not protection from the heat – pets need lots of air circulation so an open-sided shelter is best.

Also, keep pet water bowls full and clean, adding ice whenever possible, the Humane Society recommends.

Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, reminds pet owners that high humidity makes it difficult for animals to cool themselves.  If your pet isn’t stressed out by bath time, use a kiddie pool, sprinkler or hose to offer a quick cool off on the hottest of days.

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Before the heat of summer sets in groom your horse or pets for the dogs days of summer. Trim your pet’s coat short for the summer to help keep them cool.  Also groom your horse’s coat, says Doctors Fosters and Smith website, and clip the mane and tail.

For more great tips on taking care of your horses or pets, check back for more blog posts! In the market for a new horse trailer? Don’t forget to browse our extensive online inventory or stop by our lot!

Mother’s Day Dining on the Jersey Shore

From New Brunswick in the north to Cape May Point in the south, the Jersey Shore offers a blend of upscale, family, casual and fun dining options to celebrate Mother’s Day. Pack up the RV and take a weekend trip, highlighted by a special Sunday meal with Mom.

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When it’s Mother’s Day and the kids are away, grown-up or fine-dining ready consider a refined gourmet buffet in a gracious setting at Long Beach Island’s, The Gables, a gloriously restored Victorian inn and restaurant. The Gables was voted the most Romantic Restaurant at the Jersey Shore by Happening Magazine in 2015 and offers dining on the porch, in the beautifully restored Victorian Inn dining room, or in the garden, awash in spring blooms. Zagat rated Gables is the winner of numerous culinary awards and will be offering a brunch menu for Mother’s Day. A children’s menu will be available.gables

If a flight to Tuscany isn’t quite in your budget, plan a Mother’s Day trip to Ama Restaurant in Sea Brite for an authentic, Tuscany-themed a la carte brunch on Sunday until 1 p.m. The Oceanfront restaurant’s kitchen is headed by rising star Executive Chef Chuck Lesbirel, who was recently named one of the top chefs on the Jersey Shore. Treat Mom to award winning traditional and “re-imagined” classics at Ama Restaurante. The restaurant boasts menu items created from seasonal locally-sourced ingredients and a wine list that makes the most of small estate offerings. Dine in the elegant Tuscany-inspired dining room, enjoying views of the Atlantic Ocean to the West and Shrewsbury River to the west.

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For more than 70 years, The Mill in Spring Lake Heights has been a favorite for destination and special occasion dining. Featuring innovative American cuisine showcasing fresh Jersey Shore seafood and classic cut steaks, the Mill is an ideal choice for a special Mother’s Day celebration. Dine in the exquisitely decorated dining room or enjoy casual outdoor dining on the lakeside deck, where Mom can watch the turtles and swans on the lake. Mother’s Day celebrations at The Mill will include a traditional brunch from 10 a.m. til 3 p.m.

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Family-Friendly

When Mom just wants to hang out with the family, consider some laid-back, casual dining options at the Jersey shore for Mother’s Day. If Mom’s craving burgers, head to Point Pleasant’s The Ark Pub and Eatery. Not only does the pub serve up some of the Jersey Shore’s freshest seafood, it is home to the “Best Burger at the Jersey Shore” for two years in a row, as voted by local diners. The winning burger is a combination of, chuck, ribeye, and hangar meat topped with port wine cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and a homemade honey barbecue sauce. The Ark Pub and Eatery will also offer a family-friendly Mother’s Day brunch until 2 p.m., followed by its regular menu into the evening.

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When the kids are little or Mom just wants to wear her jeans, give a nod to a Jersey Shore tradition on Mother’s Day, and consider a stop at an Uncle Bill’s Pancake Housewith locations in Avalon, Cape May, North Cape May, Ocean City, and Stone Harbor. At Uncle Bill’s they’ve been cooking up pancakes for over 46 years. Forget breakfast in bed, Uncle Bill’s will be serving up their regular menu of breakfast favorites – waffles, eggs, and 15 varieties of pancakes — all day long. Don’t forget another Uncle Bill’s tradition: the restaurant is cash only.

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If Cape May is your Mother’s Day destination, head to the charming and family operated Mad Batter Restaurant in the Carroll Villa Hotel on historic Jackson Street. This year-round favorite is the recipient of many awards including “Best Brunch” and “Best Restaurant” in Cape May. The Mad Batter will offer a delicious brunch menu for Mother’s Day, with favorites including Blueberry Pancakes, Eggs Benedict and the Mad Batter Crab Cake Sandwich. Mom can enjoy the views from the Mad Batter’s front porch, be seated in the sky lit dining room, or in enjoy the garden terrace. A children’s menu with breakfast and lunch favorites will also be available. The Mad Batter doesn’t accept reservations.

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Something Different

Do something a little different this Mother’s Day and be doggone happy about it. Head to the laid-back Labrador Lounge in Normandy Beach. Born in Belmar as a surfer-friendly lounge and hangout, the Labrador Lounge now enjoys popularity in Normandy Beach thanks to its friendly service, laid back atmosphere and eclectic menu. Now a family-friendly favorite, the fresh seafood and sushi appeals to adults while kids can enjoy the canines on display in the restaurant. The Labrador Lounge accepts reservations, but is exclusively BYOB.

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Speaking of dogs, even veggie dogs, keep it casual on Mother’s Day aMaui’s Dog House, in North Wildwood. Maui’s Dog House serves up fresh made hot dogs with over 29 toppings from homemade chili, sauerkraut cooked in beer. Other favorites include an Italian dog with peppers, onions, garlic and sharp provolone cheese, and the top-selling “Forget-About-It” with mustard, onions, chili, cheese and freshly cooked bacon. And, don’t leave without treating mom to the Maui Dog original house specialty, Salty Balls: small, fresh potatoes cooked in a salt and spice brine and served with drawn butter. The family operated seasonal favorite promises a hearty hot dog as well as a fun experience, perfect for a casual family Mother’s Day.

mauidogFinally, if Mom just wants to enjoy the day in her Pjs, head to Shut up and Eat! in Tom’s River. Not only does Mom not have to get dressed; she’ll get 13 percent off her bill for staying in her jammies. Open for breakfast and lunch only, get your fill of omelets, stuffed french toast, eggs and 65 varieties of waffles. Mom’s sure to get a warm welcome from the pajama-clad waitresses, relax while looking over the memorabilia-festooned walls and enjoy some peace while toddlers head to the toy corner to play. The Asbury Park Readers Poll has named Shut Up and Eat! The best breakfast in Ocean County, N.J., for 10 years in a row. If Mom’s not interested in breakfast, the Shut Up and Eat! lunch menu includes award-winning burgers, 14 varieties of grilled cheese “sammiches,” a selection of salads and other sandwiches,quesadillas, as well as soups made on the premises.

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Before heading out for any journey, stop by the service department of Crossroads Trailer Sales to make sure your RV is road ready for Mom’s big trip.