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post #1 of 13 Old 11-17-2012, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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Long distance trailiering?

So... I'm really interested in a horse for sale, but he's about 20 hours away. I was talking to my barn owner, and she said the best way to trailer a horse that far is to not give them grain the day before, and to just go the whole way without stopping at hotels etc. but I find a few things problematic. 1. The horse is a younger horse, and I think it would be really stressful. 2. He's in a warmer area that doesn't ever get snow, and I'd be bringing him to New York State at the beginning of winter. Help? What do you guys think? I really want this horse, but I guess it would be pure luck if I could get him! Trying to see if I can get enough money, hence the sale of some of my tack! But if it all worked out.. what do you guys think? Thanks!
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-17-2012, 10:50 PM
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how mamy horses has your trainer long distance hauled ? I'm betting none.
You want to hydrate the horse, Id feed soaked beat pulp starting 2 days prior. Electrolyte the night before, On the road would make sure they have hay. Stop for a fuel rest brake ever 3-4 hours. Dont unload just stop let horses rest in trailer. Each stop offer some fiber like carrots, and more soaked soupy beatpulp along with water. For a 20 hour haul, I would look for a camp ground I could unload over night at about the 10-11 hour mark.
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I, personally, would stop every now and then and let the horse get out and stretch. Maybe somewhere safe to lunge just in case. Be sure they have food and water, all wrapped up in shipping boots and stuff.

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I have taken horses from NY to Florida 24 hours and just stop to give them water and more hay, when I take a break for dinner (a quick one) that is when the horse gets to pee if wanted I would not stop and unload

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all good advice and going from warm to cold weather just take a horse blanket along and put on when the tempature starts to drop. making sure the horse urinates is probably the most important thing to look for. some times on long distance they can lock up and not urinate then the horse in is huge problems fast. electrolytes are a must.i say go get her.or him. and totally enjoy your first adventure with your new horse..let me know how it goes.
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
I, personally, would stop every now and then and let the horse get out and stretch. Maybe somewhere safe to lunge just in case. Be sure they have food and water, all wrapped up in shipping boots and stuff.
If it's a new horse, I would not let the horse out of the trailer. Too many bad if's and unknowns for that. Stop every couple of hours for a half hour or so, offer water at each stop, and have a couple of horse hotels on file in case you need to stop at a point.
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If you mean you are going to go pick it up yourself (which necessarily means expenses both ways), I would think it would be worth getting quotes from professional transporters. If it is a common route for transporters it will be far less per mile than "diagonal" routes. N to S or E to W straight shots are pretty reasonable. And, I agree w Joe, that is not good advice at all. I do not change their diet before the trip, and I make sure they have quality hay of the same sort they are use to in front of them during the entire journey and are given plenty of water. Since it is cooler weather, dehydration isn't going to be as much of a concern, but you have to ensure they are watered at frequent intervals. It is hard on them, you can't just "push on through" w/o resting/watering/checking on them. IMO, fall or spring is the best time to transport, but heat is the worst and hard to control whereas a good trailer and a blanket can take care of the cold (within reason).

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do not get the horse out of the trailer unless you are at a stable. if they get loose or refuse to get back in you have a serious problem on your hands.

i like to stop every couple hours to let them rest/pee and offer them water. if they dont want to drink i just soak some hay.

i also never wrap them. not worth it IMO. if the wraps slip or they kick them up it can be impossible to get them off depending on how many horses/what type of trailer you have.

my friend also has these cushioned hoof boots that she lends me for my horse to wear on her front feet to help with the jarring if the roads are bad.

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-18-2012, 08:32 AM
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This is very dangerous and there is no reason to do it. You are just stressing the horses out more. You donot want to unload anywhere a horse has unrestricted accesss to a highway. If you wanna unload at the halfway point find a camp ground or someplace safe with a pen or something to unload for several hours. Join some travel groups. Lots of people who live near an interstate offer paddock space for free or cheap.
Before your trip look at the weather and traffic. DOnt wanna be traveling in the heat near a place prone to traffic jams.
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There are laws in Canada as to how long an animal can be transported without a break. 20 hrs exceeds it. google local Fair grounds along the route. Often they aren't locked and have a riding ring which is a safe place to unload. You can drive right in. This gives the horse a chance to roll and pee and run off some energy. A friend trailers horses long distance and this is what he does. He sleeps in the trailer while the horses stay in the ring all night.
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