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post #1 of 5 Old 11-01-2011, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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nervous sweat...during trailering

hi everyone,
Hope you are having a good day. I just have a question and need some other ideas and tips. I trust you guys more than some of the people I know in person.

How bad is it for a horse to sweat in the trailer before arriving at the destination? I have heard pros and cons. So don't hestiate.

I have been working with my gelding for about 2 months. I could have him tied to the trailer for hours, walk in and out without hestitation, and even drive around. Our longest drive was 30 minutes and he never sweat but we ended at our farm. Well when I took him to a public trail to try and see how he did. His body was completely covered in sweat and the ride was only 15minutes. He wouldn't relax. I had to spend about 45 minutes drying him off with a towel and walking him and he still never completely relaxed. And I did it again the week after and met someone to do a trail ride with there horse and he seemed a little calmer with another horse but still was not relaxing and still sweaty. He relaxed completely when we were on the trail but not near the trailer.
Any ideas or tips to help him relax. I was going to try calming suppliments or some herbs he could smell before a trip. What do you guys think and what have you tried?
I don't want to trailer him and have him sweat like this with the weather getting cold and all but I would love to hit the trails this winter.
Any ideas thanks :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-01-2011, 09:46 AM
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What is the air flow like in your trailer?

My slant load has top vents that I can close all the way, switch to catch air as we are driving down the road or to allow the air to push the heat out.
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mls - the trailer has 2 air vents right above the horses head area and on both sides of the trailer there are escape doors with windows and on each side of the trailer along side there body are windows.
I had everything open except the air vents on top bc they rattle and I thought at first that was freaking him out. And I closed them. But the second time I had everything open the entire time.
I also have the option to open the back of the trailer. Its a step up and I can take the top 2 doors off for more ventilation if needed.
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I take it he's too nervous to enjoy a nice flake of hay or favorite treat on the way to his destination? Distraction is all I can think of.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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my boy puck- yay he won't eat. The second time I rode in the trailer with him. He had good ventilation and wouldn't take hay, apples, carrots... etc nothing worked ... he stood there and just kept whinny like he was dying. He didn't even react to me massaging him and he always does. He just gets nervous going to a new place and I guess he just needs more times out ... just not sure
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