Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
It's good to plan ahead. Plan where you will take lunch breaks, potty breaks, get fuel and such. Your dad probably knows what fuel mileage he normally gets and should plan on getting much worse hauling a horse, so he'll need to make more stops.
I agree that a normal trip of 10 hours will take closer to 15. We went across the state of ND which should have taken about 6 hours. It took us at least 9.
A simple bumper pull trailer will do you fine even with tack if there is storage in the trailer or you can just haul it in the truck bed. No matter what type of trailer you get or even rent (not recommending that), you HAVE to install a brake controller for the brakes on the trailer, unless he already has one installed.
As for the trip, take extra water, hay, and feed. I always tie the horse with a quick release tie down, unless it is a foal. For a long trip, we give the horses hay in hay bags to munch along the way. Most of our trips we stop every two (maybe three) hours for potty breaks. We see if the horse wants water or not. It also gives their legs a break from trying to balance while moving. I know that our horses are fine with loading in strange places, because we take them different places and the will reload fine. Unless you are absolutely positively sure that he will load fine anywhere, do not unload him untill you get there, except if you stop for the night. Then you'll have to make sure you have a place to keep him safe over night while you sleep.
If you use an open type trailer, like a stock one, do not use bedding! The bedding will circulate around the horse and the horse will breathe it in. Also, in that type of trailer, use a flymask so foreign objects don't hit them in the face or eye. If you use an enclosed trailer, bedding can be used and you don't need the flymask. Just don't use an excessive amount of bedding so the horse slips on it.
Any other questions? I'll be happy to try and answer.
Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse! Mares RULE! Geldings drool!