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post #1 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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3 Hour trailer haul help

I am going to buy my horse this weekend and pick her up this upcoming Tuesday. My mom and I don't own a truck OR a trailer. The owner of the barn we are boarding her at allows the boarders access to her 2 horse trailer. We're renting an enterprise truck, either a Chevy Silverado or a Ford F150. Both of these are more than capable of hauling a 2 horse trailer, I believe a Ford F150 can haul over 11,000 pounds..? I'm not sure, but I did look it up.

So we have both the trailer and the truck lined up, paid for, and just waiting for Tuesday. Now, the hard part. My mom and I have never hauled anything before, in our entire lives. I am bringing a halter, lead rope, water bucket, a hay net for her to munch on the way, and I may wrap her legs. What are the benefits of that?

What else do we need to bring? Is driving a truck that is pulling a trailer THAT much different than normal driving? (I know to go slower, take turns slow, etc. I know the obvious things) My boyfriend said he didn't feel comfortable letting us drive with no experience, and he has hauled hay a thousand times for his dad. Should I just let him drive?

It is a 3 hour drive from her old home to her new home. It is a straight shot down one highway, with perhaps 5 turns total in the entire trip. Also, it will probably be raining. It's been raining in the south for the past week and I believe it will continue into next week...

Thank you so much anyone who replies, I really want to make her feel comfortable and keep our lives safe.
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post #2 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 03:04 PM
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It is diffrent and I would play it safe and just let your boyfriend do the driving..Biggest diffrence IMO is stopping you will have alot of weight pushing behind you exp on sudden stops
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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The only hesitation from me about my boyfriend driving, is that I am a much safer driver in a normal situation. I don't speed, I don't swerve to change lanes, cut people off, or take chances to get there 3 seconds sooner. He will do that. His driving has made me have panic attacks before, just acting like an idiot.

Yes, he has experience.. but I'm not sure if the benfit of experience will out weigh the down fall of how he drives. Does anyone get what I'm saying..?
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post #4 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 03:12 PM
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i get what you are saying but most ppl will drive safer and more alert when hauling a load behind them. Put your foot down about how he hauling your new baby and he needs to stop driving like a race car driver lol. Or maybe you can drive and he can be your "backseat driver " and give you advice so you can learn and be ok for next time
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post #5 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 05:04 PM
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I would let him drive also, especially since you will not have any type of trailer brakes. Driving a truck pulling a trailer isn't that much different, stopping is generally the big issue.

I would definitely take a lead rope, some kind of quick release tie for the trailer, a halter, and a water bucket. I would only give water when you stop to check on the horse. Don't leave the water bucket in the box for them to step in. Also, I am very leery of hay nets. I don't like them. Horses who aren't used to trailers love to paw and if he got his foot in the hay net that would be a mess. A three hour ride isn't that long and he'll live without food. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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post #6 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 05:32 PM
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I would let him drive. it is different. Men seem to be more natural at hauling trailers (hard for me to admit as a woman. lol)
Leg wraps.... eh? Not extremely necessary for a few hour trip, but if it makes you feel better, go for it. You'll only need to stop once to give water... many would advize not to stop at all because it is less stressfull on the horse. I just picked up my horse in Missouri and headed all the way to California. I offered her water every 2 hours and she had a constant supply of hay. The hay really helped keep her nerves down. Make sure you hae safety chains on the trailer, and if you are crossing state lines, have all you paperwork ready. In my case, it was VERY important to have a quick release trailer tie. Otherwise, she could have turned around in the trailer or gotten her head stuck. I agree with above. For the trip, I had a hay net. I was realllly nervous about it, so the day we left, I picked up a bag instead. So glad I did. Hope the truck comes with a tow package! hehe
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post #7 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 05:56 PM
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you have some good advice ... (and a hay bag is a good idea)

I would add some grain or treats- in case the horse doesn't want to go in the trailer you have something to bribe them to get in. :)

Let him drive unless you can go out and practice- yes you will need to go slower and like others said, braking is the hardest part but just error on the side of stopping early or driving too slow :) Maybe have a talk with the BF before and let him know what you are thinking- or ask your mom if you can blame her for needing him to drive slow and really cautious ... my mom always let me do that haha

good luck and i can't wait for pics!

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I am of the school of thought that no hay nets up while hauling-- nothening in the trailer but the horse with a quick release tiedown and lead rope- school of thought on this is-- when traveling how much air is going to blow threw the trailer, it is possible that she may breath in small particles of dust from the hay or shavings on the ground- which could set your horse up for an upper air way infection. If she has never seen shavings inside a horse trailer that could set you up for more issues-- idk just me- I hauled my horse from TX to Fl and back again this summer I stopped about every 4 hrs and offered water-- thats it- as far as driving while towing a horse trailer your truck will be big enough I have a Denali and I pulled a 3 horse slant stock trailer and enought gear to run a summer camp for 3 months (alot of stuff) just drive normal meaning start off slow and build your speed to to an acceptable speed- stay in the lane next to the slow lane and watch your distance from the stupid cars that dart in and out of traffic- a good ideal is to try to remenber to bump your brakes first- that small shift will alert your horse that their is a change of speed and she will brace herself- I would be more concernd about if this horse will load- is the trailer a two horse walk in and back out . Good luck will be waiting to here how the trip went!

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post #9 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 06:24 PM
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When I tow, I always imagine that I have a person standing up in the tray of the ute not holding on to anything. If I turn/stop hard enough to make them stumble, then it's too hard/fast. If he is normally a very impatient driver I would be wary... No way will I EVER let my mum tow my horses, because I don't like how she drives in general. All it takes is a moment of forgetting you have a trailer attached and you can have a horse down.

We generally don't offer water on trips. Longest we've done is about four hours, and if we can help it, we don't unload. If we stop for food though, we do, BUT, our horses are all used to unlading at pertrol stations and all load without trouble. If it isn't a perfect loader, DO NOT take it off until you get to your destination. We supply hay nets, but we don't tie them low enough for the horse to get a foot stuck. It just gives them something to do, sometimes they have more fun tossing it around than actually eating it! I don't wrap or bandage legs unless we are trailering a horse that is a known kicker next to another. I don't really see wrapping/bandaging as necessary, and their legs get HOT!

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post #10 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 06:31 PM
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I would recommend no grain. Horses naturally eat at ground level... when they eat grain in a trailer, there is a higher risk of choking. Plus, you want to feed what the current owner feeds and gradually incorporate any grain if you decide to.... wouldn't want a colic scare.
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