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    07-14-2012, 05:25 PM
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Foal
Three hour trip with new horse

On Tuesday I'm going to pick up my new horse. Yay! I know this sounds silly but I've never hauled my own horse before, especially through hilly roads, I live down south, everything is flat. The horse is three hours away and I was wondering if travelling over hills is hard for a horse in a trailer. Also, do I need to stop anytime to check on the horse or is three hours a short enough time to not have to worry?
     
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    07-14-2012, 06:27 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Three hours isnt too long. We do longer trips to get to alb. Maybe give your horse a hay bag. And if you feel like it stop half way through and give him a bucket of water. But he should be good.

Also if you like stop for gas or anything you could always open a windo up (if its got windows) and let him stretch his head out for a few minutes.
     
    07-14-2012, 07:42 PM
  #3
Foal
Oh ok, it doesn't have windows, but there is a spot for him to stretch his head in the trailer, and it's pretty well ventilated. There won't really be a place to stop halfway through since we'll be on the interstate 98% of the trip. This has nothing to do with my post but I just saw my dog and she found my jeans from horses riding yesterday(I guess they smell like horse) and she's sniffing them pretty vigorously :P
     
    07-14-2012, 07:47 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Haha he should be good. Just give him a hay bag if you have one and hit the road!
     
    07-14-2012, 07:51 PM
  #5
Foal
I don't have one but I'll try to remember to find one before I hit the road. Thanks!
     
    07-14-2012, 07:53 PM
  #6
Weanling
Congrats on the new horse..did you get the paint?
     
    07-14-2012, 07:56 PM
  #7
Yearling
Offer water before you go, maybe a flake of hay in the trailer but he would be fine without any hay. He will be fine with good ventilation. If you are worried because he is new and new to your trailer, make a stop halfway and take a peak at him. Odds are he should be fine. I can assume he trailers well?
     
    07-14-2012, 08:18 PM
  #8
Foal
Eclipseranch- yes(: pics of him are on my other post "buying a new horse soon.." I can't wait to get him home so I can get some better one though

Goneriding- I AM worried about him in the trailer I'm using, his owner says he's only ever been loaded into a stock trailer and slant load, and I'm using a straight load. So, we'll see! It still has a good bit of room for him so he should be fine.

Edit: His owner says he loads just fine into the trailers he's been loaded in also.
     
    07-14-2012, 08:35 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I transported my own horse for the first time when I bought her, I normally pay others to do it but she was too far out of the way.

There was a few things that I was told. Try not to stop - like if you're heading into a roundabout slow right down and try not to have to stop and start all the time. And apparently the thing that really unbalances the horse is like the slope of the rode (how it slopes of to the sides) so, if you can, avoid it, like keeping near the middle of the road etc. Also don't go too fast, take corners slowly. A bad driver can make horses really bad to travel.

I'd probably check on them at least once. I had a horse that used to always fall down in the float So I get a little nervous.
     
    07-14-2012, 08:42 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saskia    
I transported my own horse for the first time when I bought her, I normally pay others to do it but she was too far out of the way.

There was a few things that I was told. Try not to stop - like if you're heading into a roundabout slow right down and try not to have to stop and start all the time. And apparently the thing that really unbalances the horse is like the slope of the rode (how it slopes of to the sides) so, if you can, avoid it, like keeping near the middle of the road etc. Also don't go too fast, take corners slowly. A bad driver can make horses really bad to travel.

I'd probably check on them at least once. I had a horse that used to always fall down in the float So I get a little nervous.
Alright, well my Dad will be driving his truck. I'll see if I can get him to take some advice about driving a horse trailer, I don't think he's ever done it. He's quite stubborn so he may not listen though. He's used to hauling a boat. And about the slope of the road, one of the main roads I will be on for a while slopes bad in the fast lane but not in the slow lane(I don't expect us to be in the fast lane with a horse trailer though). A lot of the roads are hilly too, so will that be hard on the horse?
     

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