Though she's as wide as a house right now, I'm still trying to do a lot of ground training with Sour in order to make her as ready as possible for our Pumpkin Patch in October (foal would be around two months old by then and the vet says that as long as she has a health check first, Sour can go ahead and work for short periods of time at that time) and, more importantly (to me anyways! Ahahaha) the February rodeo parade in 2013! Sour has only been trailered twice that I know of, and she was fine for both trips, and she loads well. Still, she needs some practice.
We're taking a string of animals (four miniatures, one of those being a weanling, two goats and a donkey) to a fourth of July festival on Wednesday, and I have the option of bringing her along for the experience. She would be introduced to loud sound, music, strange smells, etc, and I think it would be great for desensatizing her. However, I'm just not sure if that would be too stressful for her right now. I'm also not sure about trailering her with other horses. She'd be divided away from the geldings and the goat, but would have to stand side by side in a large stock trailer with two minis for about 25 minutes. What do you guys think? Would bumping around a bit injure her or the foal?
Please be honest, I'll only do this if its best for her :) if she gets overwhelmed at the festival (she'd just be tied up near everyone to watch, not be in our petting zoo or pony riding string) I can just put her back in the trailer with a hay net and water, but I'm still not sure. I believe the festival is 5 hours long.
Thanks in advance guys!