Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Jacksonville, NC
I never wrap my horses to ship. My friend was a religious wrapper and one of her horses' boots slipped down during a trailer ride, the horse next to him stepped on it, which freaked out the first horse, and long story short...both horses had to have stitches from thrashing around. If my horses are wearing shoes, I put bell boots on, but that's it. I have a 2h straightload, with a divider that doesn't go all the way down to the floor, and I've never had a problem.
I do use a snap on bumper on Charlie if he's in a particularly psycho mood. We had a bad accident when a friend of mine hauled him in her slant load. He freaked out because he couldn't see behind him and threw his head up (he's 17.1/17.2) and put a hole right on the top of his poll. But he's gotten better so I use it less and less. It's a good (and cheap) thing to have on hand. But I recommend getting one that snaps to the sides of the halter and not one that has to be threaded to the halter. That way they don't have to wear it any longer than they have to.
Sheets or blankets depend on the trailer's insulation and the weather. If it's super hot, I don't put anything on. During the winter, I'll put a light stable blanket on my one horse, Jester, who hardly grows a winter coat. You don't need a special blanket/sheet for trailering, the normal one they use will work just fine.