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post #1 of 32 Old 01-29-2012, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to transport horses in trailers???

ok so i've been wanting to buy or rent a trailer so that I can take Shaggy with me when my family goes to Daytona FL. over spring in April, But I realized I know nothing about trailering a horse. I dont have a clue what to do! I want Shaggy to be comfortable as possible considering this will be a ten hour drive if I get to take him with me. I do know that he trailers well and has spent 3 almost 4 hours in a trailer when he was shipped to me from GA. So can any of you help me out on what the process is when loading and trailering is? What the steps I will need to take?? I'm freaking out now! lol

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post #2 of 32 Old 01-29-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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94 ppl viewing horse talk and nobodies knows anything about horse trailering????

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come people please i really need answer this is really important!!!!!!

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First question is do you have a vehicle that can pull a trailer with a hitch? Do you have someone who knows how to safely pull a trailer? You dont want to toss your horse into a trailer with a novice driver behind the wheel.

You should watch some youtube videos about trailer loading and trailer safety.

My best advice is though... if you have no clue what is needed, then you shouldnt be pulling a horse 10 hrs. You should have a professional do it. There are so many things that can go wrong on the road - why put your horse and yourself at risk?
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Personally I'd get him trucked out by a trucking company. They know what they're doing and it's easier on people and ponies
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post #6 of 32 Old 01-30-2012, 07:16 AM
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I have been towing for years and STILL get nervous doing it. So much can go wrong, even with a seasoned traveller, in a great trailer, great towing vehicle and an experienced person behind the wheel.
Once I was driving back on my own from a very long dressage comp, I'd had a really bad day, been up since 3am, it was a 4 hour drive home. 10 minutes from home, going up a hill, my cars engine cut out and next thing I know I'm rolling backwards. I managed to back onto the side of the road, I had trucks flying past, people honking at me and my horse going ballistic. I was too scared to take my foot off the brake in case the hand brake failed as it was a very steep hill. My horse started to rear, broke his rope and hooked his head around the back of the stallion divider.

Things like this can happen so easily - avoid the stress, get him trucked over. 10 hours is a very long way for a horse to stand in a little box when he hasn't had much experience travelling, and with people that don't know what they're doing.

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I would HIGHLY recommend taking your vehicle into a trailer dealership - not a car dealership - and having their mechanics look at it. Your vehicle will need electric brakes and a hitch. You also want to take it on test drives to make sure your trailer doesn't sway. I wouldn't suggest hauling for 10 hours for your first trip. I had to all 6 hours my first time at night through the middle of nowhere - it was scary!!

Just be careful and talk to someone who has hauled before...once you get the hang of it it doesn't feel so strange, but in the beginning it will take some getting used to...

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oh i hope you get to take shaggy :) i am still new to trailering myself so this is just basics that my dad has me following...

1. get truck and trailer complete looked over before a huge journey... which i consider is this :) and by this he means bring the truck to shop and trailer to a different shop focused on trailers and heave everything inspected.
2. plan your route and stopping points... i have heard of different time frames to keep a horse in trailer but allowing them stopping periods to find there legs again... 4-5 hours like 30-45 minutes just parked horses stay in trailer but can stand still. 6-7 hours plan to have a place picked out and approved to let your horse out of trailer to move around... generally you find a boarding facility or small farm and ask if they would allow this.

3. figure out what you will need in the trailer and for your trip for your horse. feed, taack, hay, cleaning supplies, etc etc and plan to have a way to pack it... feed is pre-made and put in ziplock baggies. tack put in storage area to keep from being damages.. could be a bin or if lucky a tack area in trailer. make sure you have designated spots for everything and that they are all secure and wont move around... you will also need to bring your own water for your horse since some horses get picky and its easier to give them water when needed if you already have it

4. when actually trailering make sure your horse has plenty ventilation so they are not to hot or cold.

5. practice driving trailer and truck prior to going anywhere without horse and get a feel for it... you will want to practice around turns, braking, etc so that you are not to rough and slamming the horse around.. when you ready add the horse into the practice and see how he reacts to you driving.

6.. thats all i have :) i only travel 2 hours at most so the 10hr thing is new to me... so hopefully you get more help :) goodluck
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for 10 hour trip by car you probably ought to add at least 3 hours. For what is at least now a 12 hour trip I would break it into thirds, stop at a rest stop and eat, rest , feed horse some hay or beat pulp, or damp hay cubes, something with fiber he will eat and give water. Let him rest a hlaf hour or so, make sure he drinks then head back out.
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post #10 of 32 Old 01-30-2012, 12:51 PM
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I dont own a horse trailer, but I trailer a boat...have you ever towed anything before? Not trying to be snarky, but its a whole new ball game. When towing, you must drive like you would if it were snowing and icy. Trucks react completely different with 2000 or more pounds behind it. Your ten hour trip is going to be a 15 hour trip towing anything behind you. Id pay someone to trailer your horse unless youve had a lot of towing experience.

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