Calgary Stampede - horses have to spend the night in the trailer
Howdy! (sorry - getting into the Stampede spirit). My daughter and I are riding in the Calgary Stampede parade on Friday. Because of logistics, we're joining several hundred other horse people who camp out at the staging grounds overnight. The camp-out should be a hoot, but I admit to being a little worried about the horses. There are no pastures or anything (and seriously, would I let my horse loose with hundreds of strange horses??) so the horses have to spend the night either in their trailers or tied to their trailers. We have a 2-horse straight-load, so the poor guys will not be able to lie down or even turn around. We could tie them up to the outside, but not sure if that would be more stressful for them. I don't know how much grassy area there will be, as this is one of the areas that flooded so badly last week.
I want them to be in as good shape as possible, as the parade will be nutso (it's about 2.5 hours long and there will be well over a quarter million people along the route) and includes a few railway crossings. Considering my boy spooked at every manhole cover during our parade the other day, I'm seriously worried about the crossings so want him well-rested! Aside from that, though, he was perfect.
So any suggestions? We don't have any portable fencing that we can attach to the trailer, unfortunately. Will they be okay standing in place all night? It'll only be about 6 hours (we'll walk them around before going to bed around midnight, and we have to be up and tacked by 6:30am). Inside the trailer? Tied up outside? How much slack do we give them if we tie them outside?
Yikes! And help!