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    11-06-2009, 09:23 PM
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Can one trailer a horse around too much?

I've been kinda thinking towards next summer recently and there are so many things I want to do with Lacey that involve trailer rides, but I don't want it to be hurtful to her health.
Basically the outline of what I want to do is:
  • in the beginning of June the camp that I've spent two summers working at starts up again. I'd love to do it again but I want to take Lacey with me since I wouldn't be able to spend any time with her if she wasn't at camp (from her house to this camp is only about a thirty minute ride).
  • Then on July 4th there's the 4th of July parade that I'd love to be in with Lacey (my trainer always does a float and she said I could ride Lacey this year along side if I wanted to), that would involve trailering to the parade (which starts at her house) then trailering back to camp
  • Then around the 15th of July there's a camp at the beach that Lacey is going to be going to (I get to go this year! Yay!). That's going to be about a 2-3 hour trailer ride so 4-6 hours in the trailer in a week and a half or so
  • A week or so after we get back from that, there's another camp, hemophilia camp, that I'm going to be doing with Lacey. This one is about a 4 hour trailer ride away, so 8 hours in the trailer over about a week.
  • And then at the end of August, another trailer ride from camp back to her house (only 30 or so minutes)
Basically I'm wondering if I should even do the all summer camp (the first camp mentioned). I mean, they'll, of course, let me take all those weeks off and stuff but I'm not going to do it unless Lacey can come and not be too stressed. I think she should do fine since our first summer together, summer of 08, she was there for half the summer so she kinda knows the surroundings and some of the camp horses... I would be her caretaker, no one else would be riding her or working her, unless it's absolutely necessary and then only people who I judge can handle her (and I'm a harsh judge).

What do you think? She loves going places and trail riding, so this might be great for her but it seems like a lot of hours in the trailer. 14 hours in the trailer as a modest estimate? O.o I mean, not going to the first camp only takes off about 2 hours but still.
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    11-06-2009, 11:08 PM
I guess it depends on how well she usually trailers? Does she get super stressed out, even the next day after she's gotten home? Or after five minutes is she like "okay, what else?" As long as she gets to stretch her limbs out after being trailered, which it sounds like she will be able to, and she's not a bundle of nerves that should be okay. The only thing I would think of is maybe get a stall mat or something for the trailer floor so its not so hard on her joints, since she's older?
    11-06-2009, 11:22 PM
Yes, I definitely agree with rubber can absorb some of the shock that would otherwise go straight to her joints.
    11-07-2009, 02:34 PM
Green Broke
We use shavings in our trailer. My horse is trailered for over 3 hours in a week and he's in top eventing condition, so I don't see how 14 hours stretched out would be a problem. We trailer down to FL for 14 hours or more at once.

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