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  • Should I have bedding in horse trailer?
  • How much bedding to put in horse trailer

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    02-04-2012, 01:05 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse trailering...do I need bedding?

I'm not sure where to post this, but I need help! I'm getting ready to haul my horse for about 3 hours tomorrow and I'm not sure what kind of bedding I should put in the trailer? Please help!!
     
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    02-04-2012, 01:08 PM
  #2
Foal
We cover ours in a couple inches of sawdust, and never have had a problem
Hope this helps, and good luck!
     
    02-04-2012, 01:12 PM
  #3
Green Broke
On short hauls I don't use any bedding but for 3 hours I would use baled shavings. Then I take the shavings out and use them in the stall.
     
    02-04-2012, 01:18 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Ive seen people do both no bedding, and bedding. When we went to get my horse last year, we borrowed a trailer, and they just used loose hay as bedding....there might have been some shavings mixed in, but there was quite a bit of hay. And then one of my friends, whenever she traveled, she didnt have bedding. She has secure, grooved, non slip rubber mats. She went all over with protecting her horses too though.

All in all, like most things horse related, Id say its personal preference
     
    02-04-2012, 01:20 PM
  #5
Green Broke
We don't use bedding as with the windows and vents open it blows around inside.

We shovel the stuff out before unloading.
     
    02-04-2012, 01:31 PM
  #6
Showing
I've never heard of putting bedding in a trailer.. we always haul dry and clean.. different story once the horses have been in it though haha
     
    02-04-2012, 01:39 PM
  #7
Green Broke
We always use shavings so if the horse pees it's not slick and slippery. Not a TON of them though, just enough to soak up pee.
     
    02-04-2012, 02:00 PM
  #8
Started
Nope, never have, but I know some people who do. I would only use shavings, not hay or straw, because, they would be pretty slippery, and wouldn't soak up much pee anyway.
     
    02-04-2012, 02:04 PM
  #9
Showing
Bedding help dissipate trailer vibration.
     
    02-04-2012, 02:08 PM
  #10
Trained
If I'm just going to run to the vet or to a close lake where I go out trail riding, then no, I don't use any bedding, they can pee outside. On trips longer that 1 hr, like from my house to a horse show in Tulsa or OKC, I'll toss down about 1/2 bag of bedding just in case they need to pee. On LONG trips, like from here to Sport Horse Nationals in KY, I bed DEEP. I have an oversized 3 horse slant load trailer and I'll use 5 bags of shavings in it for a long trip to keep things soft of their legs and to absorb any and all pee or spilled water. Once I get to my destination, I clean out the solid waste and wet spots just like cleaning a stall. Once back home, I clean it all out and then pull the mats and wash the trailer down really well.
     

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