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    12-30-2013, 01:29 AM
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Foal
Need Some Advice On Hauling Long Distance

Ok so at the end of June next year I will be hauling my horse 300+ miles across the state of South Dakota to a rodeo. I have a 2 horse straight load trailer that I will be using since I don't need to use my living courtiers. I was wondering should I wrap his legs or anything like that or should I just load and go??

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Taylor
     
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    12-30-2013, 03:21 AM
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    12-30-2013, 04:52 AM
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Green Broke
How long will the driving time be?
     
    12-30-2013, 08:04 AM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by RedTree    
How long will the driving time be?
Assuming the OP can average 60 MPH that is five hours.

Or, if that 300 miles is wide open, the OP might be able to get a little more speed and cut another 30 - 45 minutes if she doesn't have to stop for gas and there isn't any road construction.

It's a big part of the day used up in driving, no matter how far the foot is on the gas pedal

Your horse will be in a rodeo so his legs are sound and don't need wrapped from that perspective.

I hauled three of my horses cross country twice and never wrapped their legs. They were in the trailer 8 - 11 hours daily until we reached our pre-arranged layovers.

As long as he hauls well (keep hay in front of him) I wouldn't wrap but on the other hand, you've already paid your money and you don't want him banged up

In the end, were it me, I would just load and go but others may look at this differently

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    12-30-2013, 09:01 AM
  #5
Weanling
I agree with the load and go. My horse went 5000ish miles cross country, by the time the shippers went up and down both coasts getting other horses, and they said no wrapping. As did our BMs. On longer trips I have always been told there is more risk of them pushing the boots down and getting caught in them, than there is need for them, if the horse normally has no issues trailering.
That said, a friend here has a mare that in any slant trailer, leans so heavily she cuts her hocks up, so I imagine she would be one that got boots or some sort of wrapping, even long distance. So like walkinthewalk said, if the horse is good without, I agree with not using them too. :)
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    12-30-2013, 10:57 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by RedTree    
How long will the driving time be?
It is a 8 hour drive and another hour to get to the barns. My one concern is he is 4 years old still in training he also has never been in the trailer for more than an hour. I'm worried he might paw (he is prone to when bored) and cut himself I just need some tips because I will unload and ride so I have no time to really deal with letting him stretch for a day or two.
     
    12-31-2013, 05:01 AM
  #7
Green Broke
I would suggest wrapping his legs then, as long as you know how.

I've also been told on the longer distances to not give hay as that may make them dehydrated and more prone to choke.

But just take it easy, when you get there just get him out and walk him for about 20 mins, let him stretch his legs that way
     
    12-31-2013, 08:33 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by SDBnTaylor    
It is a 8 hour drive and another hour to get to the barns. My one concern is he is 4 years old still in training he also has never been in the trailer for more than an hour. I'm worried he might paw (he is prone to when bored) and cut himself I just need some tips because I will unload and ride so I have no time to really deal with letting him stretch for a day or two.
I just wanted to also add regarding his being so young and not trailering for more than an hour before. My mare was 2 and a half when she went cross country, and also hadn't ever trailered for much more than an hour before.... and she is a pawer!!! Lol The shippers had been raising and trailering horses for 20+ years and they said she was one of the best behaved that they had ever trailered. :)
Just wanted to show you that hopefully it can be good for your boy too, boots or not. :)
Good luck still! :)
     
    01-01-2014, 10:48 AM
  #9
Showing
Keep your stops to a minimum and check that there's hay and fresh water. If he's quite sweaty he's likely stressing so be sure to add apple juice to his water or administer electrolytes. Don't blanket him with even a sheet as air needs to move thro the trailer and keep him cool.
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    01-01-2014, 11:54 AM
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Started
When we were hauling our newest horse home, we travels more than five hours - it was seven or eight if I remember correctly.

We did not wrap him up in any way. We gave him feed hanging in a hay basket - but he didn't eat any of it until we were on the last stretch home.
We made as little stops as we could and when we did stop we stopped for the shortest amount of time possible

When you haul your horse long distances, try to keep your stops short and minimal. At every stop your horse gets nervous and wants to walk around and discover. He gets anxious and wants out - the longer you stay still the longer he may pace or paw.

Our horse is just fine and we got home in one day. It was a lot of travel for him but he made it just fine and with little stops.

Our horse is seven and he had never been in a trailer before more than an hour - but he is very very young and with his mother, so long ago I don't think he could have remembered being in a trailer at all. But he loaded very nicely. He did minimal pawing and didn't whinny or freak out at all.

I hope this helped you and good luck!!
     

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