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post #1 of 16 Old 12-12-2010, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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I am kind of worried

We live in Minnesota. My dad is moving to Kentucky, but he is planning on bringing his 3 horses to Kentucky with him. It is like a 13 hour ride without horses. I am kind of worried because I don't know if he is joking or being serious but when I asked him if he is going to lead them around every once in a while he said no! I am also worried it is a 4 horse trailer but he is bringing a belgian (There are A LOT of problems with her) I think she has a club foot, her hips are bad (Like she hates to put weight on her legs) and she will be standing in the trailer for 13 hours. She is also 2 years old (This is her longest trailer ride) and she is like 17 hands or something, so she is pretty big. And my dad is bringing PintoBean (I don't really worry that much about him making it down there safely, but he is also brining his 24 year old QH gelding Cecil.
Am I just worrying too much, or is there something I can do to make him realize it might be dangerous..

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-13-2010, 02:11 PM
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ya he should stop somewhere to walk them around
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-13-2010, 02:56 PM
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Unless you have a safe place to unload, it is sometimes better for all involved just to travel straight through. Unloading at a rest stop or such can be very dangerous.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-13-2010, 03:53 PM
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Unless you have a safe place to unload, it is sometimes better for all involved just to travel straight through. Unloading at a rest stop or such can be very dangerous.
Agreed. If he has concerns then he can find an overnight stop off at the halfway point. There are facilities that board overnighters.

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post #5 of 16 Old 12-13-2010, 05:03 PM
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I hauled a 17hh warmblood and a 15.3hh TB in a two horse for a ten hour drive to kentucky. Food and water and they'll be fine. No unloading necessary.

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post #6 of 16 Old 12-13-2010, 08:44 PM
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Most trucking companies don't stop until the end of the day. Even if the Belgian has hip problems she spends the whole day standing up anyway, right? Most horses do.
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-13-2010, 08:49 PM
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Like everyone else said, they should be fine. The loading and unloading in an unfamiliar place can be more stressful on some horses than trailering straight through
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post #8 of 16 Old 12-14-2010, 11:06 AM
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As long as you stop every 5 or so hours just to give them a break (don't unload them) from the constant balancing, etc. they'll be fine. ALWAYS make sure they've been drinking a lot of water because it's quite easy for horses to get dehydrated on long trips. If possible give them some electrolytes the night before they leave so they're more inclined to drink water on the trailer.

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post #9 of 16 Old 12-14-2010, 12:55 PM
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I have taken horses in 10-15 hour trips. We stop every 3hrs and sit for about 30min to let them rest. I also soak their hay to make sure they are getting water, as my horses don't like to drink in the trailer.

My mare traveled 11hrs with no hay and water and crammed in a slant load with another horse. Ideal ? No way, but they were just fine.
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-14-2010, 01:31 PM
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We always get the vet to come and do a 'pre travel' on horses that are going to be in transit for more than 10 hours at the least. The pre-travel is usually done no more than 6 to 8 hours prior to departure and especially for the young horse and the older horse, I'd definitely recommend it.
Here, a pre-travel involves a stomach-drench with oil, and sometimes anti-ulcer medication (especially suggested for younger and older horses in particular), an anti-biotic of some kind and Vitamin B1. The pre-travel will help prevent post-travel sickness, which can be anything from mild colic to more severe things. I've seen horses die from what we call Travel Sickness. Though admittedly, that kind of severity only happens on especially long trips (24 - 48 hours).
The idea of soaking hay is a very good one because it should hopefully prevent dehydration.

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