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post #1 of 11 Old 11-20-2013, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Blanketing in a trailer - OK? Necessary?

I was thinking of taking my trailer out longer in the season. It is now averaging below freezing by several degrees here and likely to remain that way and get much, much colder until, oh, about late March. I won't be trailering much, or at all, after Dec - no time and the roads can get scary in a hurry here with no warning.

So, until then, should I blanket my horse in the trailer? I do not tie my horse and don't put shipping boots on here, or wraps for trailering. Just a halter and in she goes. I'm concerned that a blanket can provide something to get hung up on, but also concerned about the temperature in the trailer because I don't know how much wind gets in there when I'm going 90 km/hr.

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-20-2013, 09:23 PM
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Well I would blanket because if your horse is warm he can get chilled. I would still recommend blanketing because that breeze going through is chill.

Btw I'm not a blanket person and I do when its close to freezing.
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-20-2013, 09:27 PM
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Is your trailer enclosed or open? If open, I think I would do a blanket. If closed and sealed reasonably well plus a short trip, I think I probably would not blanket then (the provisio here is that if I took a horse somewhere, worked it and it was damp afterwards I would definitely have a blanket on for the trip home.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 12:18 PM
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I did blanket when I had stock trailer. Wind was rather strong, and it provides some protection IMHO. With the nice closed one I have now I don't do it.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 02:56 PM
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I hauled my horse in a sheet when I went to a show in October. Just a few weeks ago I went cross country schooling. I "blanketed" with a sweat sheet on the way home. Horses can work up a sweat if they get overly excited when on the trailer, so that would be something to keep in mind if you're going long distances. Nobody wants their horse to catch a chill!
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 03:14 PM
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Yes, blanket. Also, tie. What happens when you make a sudden stop and your horse has decided at the moment to put his head down? He's gonna get hurt. Those dividers and tie spots help the horse to stand in a position where he can handle best the rocking and other trailer movements and any sudden stops and starts. Although you should be driving VERY conservatively when hauling, sometimes those stupid little car's drivers cut you off and you HAVE to hit the brakes.
Also, you should wrap or use shipping boots. With shipping boots I put them on as tight as humanly possible and sometimes duct tape them, too, and they always stay up in transport.

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post #7 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 04:20 PM
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I never rug. It can get warm quickly in them. Also, I've heard that the constantly balancing a horse does while being transported has a similar effect to trotting - so it's not like the horse is standing there freezing, his muscles are being used.

However, if it was very, very cold I'd probably consider a light one.

I don't use boots when traveling alone, I might boot the inside legs with more than one horse. I guess it depends on the trailer, but many don't have anything around foot level to catch on, only their other feet. And in my experience, horses are more uncomfortable with boots on, and less careful with their legs.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. Sounds like mostly a judgement call. It is an enclosed trailer, but still, I imagine it could get breezy in there regardless. Plus the walls aren't insulated so they would transfer the cold quickly.

I will never, ever tie my horse in a trailer unless for some weird reason I don't have a choice. First, she sometimes has the trailer to herself, so she can turn around and stand however she likes (usually backwards and/or on an angle). Second, if she does fall for whatever reason, her head is stuck way up there while her body is way down there. Scary. Would you leave a horse tied and walk away? Nope. Same reasoning here for me. I know that it is a preference thing. This is mine. Thirdly, in case of an accident, same deal with the head being tied - way to scary if the head is in one place while the body is flipping all over.

I used to wrap her legs, but honestly never found a reason for it. She trailers well, never has scrapes, never any problems with her legs at all.

I drive like an absolute turtle when I trailer horses anyway. I'm always the last one in the convoy! :)
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 06:41 PM
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My horses get their blankets taken off in the trailer, it's enclosed and when they're wearing their blankets they sweat. If they aren't wearing blankets in the trailer they come out warm but not sweating.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-21-2013, 06:57 PM
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No blanket vote here! My 3 mares have never been blanketed in their life, and I would imagine the breeze flowing in your trailer is nothing compared to the mass blizzards we have here for 6 or more months. I've not seen a shiver yet :)
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