European Braking System – Brake with Ease

European braking system designs simplify the braking experience, providing a smooth, safe, slow to stop for both driver and horse.

A mechanical braking system means

  • No need to install a trailer brake switch on your dash board
  • No special wiring required to operate this brake system

Mechanical braking systems are speed and load sensitive. They provide the right amount of braking every time – regardless of the load. This is the European standard braking system.

How do European Braking Systems Work?

As the load in the trailer increases, the chances that any loaded two-horse trailer will outweigh the towing vehicle also increases. For safety, the trailer needs to be braked earlier and for longer than the lighter towing vehicle.

Mechanical braking systems are designed to apply the brakes on the trailer before the tow vehicle begins to brake, such that the trailer never pushes on the tow vehicle. Braking on the trailer initiates as the tow vehicle begins any deceleration. The mechanical brake begins to operate as the driver comes off the accelerator pedal and before getting to the brake pedal. As the tow vehicle begins to slow down, pressure is applied to the tongue of the trailer, enabling the braking system.

Under all circumstances, whenever the tow vehicle begins to push on the trailer, the trailer brakes are applied in direct proportion to the weight of the trailer at the time and at the rate of deceleration, providing safety for both the horse and the driver. European brake systems also provide an independent parking brake, emergency breakaway and anti-lock characteristics.

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