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post #1 of 3 Old 04-24-2014, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Long distance trailering

I haven't had to experience this yet, but for future reference...how often, where, and for how long should you stop and let a horse out of the trailer on a long trip?
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My preference is to stop for a break every 3-4 hours to allow the horse some drink and pee time. Most horses can't brace to pee in a moving trailer. I don't unload at these times, just shut down for a half-hour or so. If it's a really long trip, I will unload overnight, if a safe place is available, Preferably one with a small fenced in area.
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Depends on how far you are traveling, we stop and offer water ever 4 hrs and keep hay net in front of them at all times. We remove muck during the stops just to help keep things nicer inside the trailer.

When we shipped we just shipped right through, only if we were doing cross country would we find horse motels. Basically, if they are in the trailer for more than 24 hrs then we find a horse hotel, less than that we just drive through. I've never taken them out of the van as I would be concerned for them getting freaked out and making a break for it.
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