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        12-09-2009, 10:40 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    If my horses are going more than an hour away- hay net full with a bale in the back to refill- boots or wraps - if windows will be open FLY MASK- bell boots ALWAYS - shavings in trailer, they help the horse grip.
    We stop pretty frequently to check wraps, boots, offer some water etc. I have never had problems feeding the day off trailering. I always make sure they have the feed an hour before though. You might want to just look into getting them profesionally hauled, it would be alot less work. We had Geof hauled up here from FL.
    Also, you HAVE to have health cirtificates if you are hauling over state lines.
         
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        12-09-2009, 11:15 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Hey, I moved from NY to KS with my two horses and I was paranoid that something was going to go wrong. I didn't have shipping boots, but I used fleece polo wraps & they worked out great. Since we had a stock trailer, the only other thing I used was fly masks to keep dirt & anything else out of the horses faces & eyes. We stopped every 3 hours or so for fuel, and every other stop or so we watered the horses & checked wraps, etc. We also bought the cheap floor mats at Tractor Supply, and then put woodshavings ontop of that. They got constant access to a hay net, and that is all they got during the trip. We stopped twice during the trip for overnight stays, and because we stayed at "horse hotels", the boys got to get out of the trailer & into a paddock. Hopefully this helps some
         
        12-11-2009, 02:55 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    I'm from Texas and went to college in VA so my poor pony had to make that trip twice. My horse is also a spazz and would quirt poop everywhere just looking at the trailer..

    The week leading up to the trip I cut her grain in half and gave her as much hay as she would eat.. the day before and the day of she didn't get any grain and we added electrolytes (preparing for the explosive squirts!)

    She is also an iffy loader so I didn't unload her at all during our trip.. I also drove straight through.. If your going to stop over night I would just arrange and overnight at a barn.

    I made sure my mare had grass hay in front of her the whole time..My mare also wouldn't drink AT ALL .. so every time I stopped for gas I soaked alfalfa pellets (and a little scoop of electrolytes) to give at the next stop and made it really soupy she finished it all! There are studies that show alfalfa helps decrease stomach acid and it really seemed to help her stomach.

    All the shippers were pretty firm against boots. Most agree that they get uncomfortable causing them to stomp around even more... If your horse bangs around during loading just put on some sport med. Boots and bell boots and then take them off once he's loaded and put them back on for unloading. I do put on a fly mask.. decreases the chance of debris flying into their eyes.
         
        12-11-2009, 10:49 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by starlinestables    
    I'm from Texas and went to college in VA so my poor pony had to make that trip twice. My horse is also a spazz and would quirt poop everywhere just looking at the trailer..

    The week leading up to the trip I cut her grain in half and gave her as much hay as she would eat.. the day before and the day of she didn't get any grain and we added electrolytes (preparing for the explosive squirts!)

    She is also an iffy loader so I didn't unload her at all during our trip.. I also drove straight through.. If your going to stop over night I would just arrange and overnight at a barn.

    I made sure my mare had grass hay in front of her the whole time..My mare also wouldn't drink AT ALL .. so every time I stopped for gas I soaked alfalfa pellets (and a little scoop of electrolytes) to give at the next stop and made it really soupy she finished it all! There are studies that show alfalfa helps decrease stomach acid and it really seemed to help her stomach.

    All the shippers were pretty firm against boots. Most agree that they get uncomfortable causing them to stomp around even more... If your horse bangs around during loading just put on some sport med. Boots and bell boots and then take them off once he's loaded and put them back on for unloading. I do put on a fly mask.. decreases the chance of debris flying into their eyes.
    Sounds like we've traveled similar paths. I graduated from UNT in Denton many moons ago. I had my first child in Dallas. We actually grew up in the Austin area and I had 4 children there and have lived in the Richmond, VA area the last 5 years and had our last child there. It's now for sure that my husband got the new job and we're moving back to Dallas. I can't wait because I'll actually be able to have my horses on my own property once we get there. We have a long road ahead of us but it'll be worth it. Thanks again to all for your tips.
         
        12-11-2009, 11:27 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I think you need to take your selling elsewhere.....lovebaby2012, your being very rude, you have 2 posts, and your pushing items, on our members. This is the wrong place for you>>>
         

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