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        09-11-2013, 09:34 PM
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    Foal
    Health and long trailering trip?

    I'd like to hear what everyone's opinions are on long trailering trips and horse health?

    I'm looking into possibly moving away (and of course the pony has to come with me!), and if there's one area of the horse world I don't know much about, it is the trailering part! So I have a few questions to you all!

    So let's say I were to trailer my mare about 30h away, what would be the safest way to do so? What are the risks involved in trailering her for so long? Also, anyone knows how it works if the transportation is done by plane or by boat?

    I know horse's that have travelled much farther than that, but I'm very ignorant on that topic, so any help would be much appreciated!
         
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        09-12-2013, 03:39 AM
      #2
    Weanling
    Reducing the Stress when Transporting Horses by Road and Air | TheHorse.com

    Hopefully the link I just posted works for you (you might have to copy paste). It was just put up on The Horse recently and I thought it was an interesting read as I just finished a 30 hour trip with three horses today. Don't let the article worry you though!

    We've hauled horses distances of 14-24 hours often over the past years. My dad is old school and relaxed about it - the horses get loaded, stay loaded, might not get offered water (he says they rarely drink anyway when travelling which I've found to be true too) and get some hay tossed into the trailer at night. He's never had a problem.

    I, however, with my own three horses unloaded each night and let them eat hay or graze on a line and walk around a bit for a few hours. The trip was split into 3 days with 2 nights on the road. Unloading is RISKY though unless you are in a very safe place. I drove down some back roads and unloaded there... but even then, I put the horses back in the trailer for the night for peace of mind.

    They were offered water several times but probably drank less than 5 gallons each over the trip. We stopped often to let them stand in the trailer. That's often enough of a "break" for them.

    Ideally they'd have a hay bag to munch on in the trailer but I have an open stock trailer and worry about hay blowing around.

    Other than that... I wrap legs sometimes, but only if it's easy to access each horse to re-wrap if needed, otherwise it's more hassle than good.

    My three are down in the field now - no signs of illness or stiffness. The only one who is a bit worse for wear is my mare who pulled back in the trailer and scraped up her forehead on the roof ugh.

    If possible, I would try to contact stables along the way and arrange places to stop where there are proper pens or stalls. A LOT less scary and stressful than spending a night on the road like we always have to!
         
        09-12-2013, 09:03 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    Ref the hay blowing around, I always put a fly mask on mine when trailering.
    I tend to keep on trucking with short stops along the way. I have hay bags but seems like they only eat when stopped. At stops (bout every 4) which is usally when I need a break, I'll offer really wet presoaked beat pulp. Usually they eat it. Before and after trip I electrolyte. If trip was in 2o hour range I would arrange for a campsight somewhere I could safely unload into a paddock. No way I would ever unload along a high way.
         
        09-12-2013, 02:02 PM
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    Weanling
    Actually I forgot to mention that I did offer soaked beet pulp each AM and evening as well. Not able to offer during stops as the openings in my trailer are too small to put a feed bin thru and I only have access thru the main rear door

    Fly masks is a really good idea!
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