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        05-08-2013, 11:25 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I meant to say if we find a place for the horses AHEAD of time and plan that as part of our trip. We obviously wouldn't set out and hope we came across a hotel with a big lawn LOL!
         
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        05-09-2013, 01:22 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I used to trailer a lot, not so much in recent years, and have made the Texas to Tennessee run several times (my best friend and his family are in Maryville).
    The way I travel suits me and has served others well too. I cover the floor of the traile 3-4 inches deep in shavings and I hang a haynet. I stop every 3 hrs or so, for at least 30 minutes. I offer water, and just let them rest. It is also handy for bathroom breaks/meals etc.
    I have used horse hotels (and for those heading that way I highly recommend Lamar sportsmans campground and horse hotel in Lamar, Colorado and the On A String Ranch in Laramie, Wyoming), but I have found in many cases just pulling off at rest areas and grabbing a few z's like long haul truckers do just as effective and cheaper, especially if you can stretch out in the trailer.
    Just remember lots of breaks for horses as well as humans, and to offer water every time you stop. Also make at least one copy of coggins and healt cert, just in case.
         
        05-09-2013, 03:06 AM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Stopping overnight is best for both you and horses.

    That many miles will take you better part of 2 days, as you can figure 50 miles an hour average, which will account for traffic, and fuel/bathroom stops.

    I stopped 2 times coming 1000 miles, overnighted at 2 different barns and had no problem with horses loading. Since it wasn't a familiar place to them, that helped too.

    And I would never haul in a slant untied, as if horse decides to snake head under partition, is that is how yours is set up, if you are going to only have him in there, AND can secure the divider so that it doesn't come loose, that would be all right then.

    And please do not do the rest area thing, that is one of the most dangerous places you can stop at, especially at night. Lot lizards and drug dealers frequent them many times, and just a lot of unsavory characters hang around them.

    Call and get a feel for some of those horse motels. There are quite a few that are B and B's, so you would be right there with horse.
         
        05-09-2013, 01:58 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Last October I helped haul 6 horses from OR to TX. It took us 4 days. The owner had planned overnights at horse hotels. We had two trailers and three horses in each trailer. Both were stock trailers; one had dividers, the other did not. The horses were tied in the trailers. Even after aaallllllll day hauling, the next morning the horses just calmly reloaded.

    I think if your horse loads and hauls easily, unloading at night and reloading in the morning will not be an issue. And I think that being able to move around freely all night will help, even if the horse is in a stall, because it would not be tied.

    All the horses, including the 30+ year old mare, arrived in TX in fine form. The only animal issue was the elderly cat who got constipated! I guess that's better than the alternative.
         
        05-09-2013, 02:03 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Also, we overnighted at a place outside Amarillo, TX, and the Budweiser Clydesdales were there! A full hitch and the dalmation. It was so cool to see them up close. The handlers were super nice and let us pet the big, and I mean BIG, guys. They even took our picture with one of the bigger ones. It was funny because we had just driven from Flagstaff, AZ, and that was where they were headed, on their way to a baseball game somewhere in CA.

    On that same trip, the second day, we saw President Obama's motorcade on the other side of the freeway. Kind of eerie to be traveling and see cops atop overpasses, cars pulled over, and an empty freeway and no way to find out if the aliens really did arrive.
         
        05-09-2013, 07:42 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Palomine    

    And please do not do the rest area thing, that is one of the most dangerous places you can stop at, especially at night. Lot lizards and drug dealers frequent them many times, and just a lot of unsavory characters hang around them.
    I should have been clearer, the rest areas I was referring to are the big well lit full service ones. The type that are usually around the state lines, if you are locked inside your trailer with your horses you are in no more danger than if you stop at a campground. I have done it numerous times and never had any issues. For that matter when I was driving a truck, I stopped all kinds and never had a problem. Yet one time I stopped at a motel my truck was broken into. Generalities help no one.
         
        05-09-2013, 10:22 PM
      #17
    Started
    He'll have a net with grass hay, and a bucket of water the whole trip and either the hydration hay or beet pulp offered each time we stop. Then overnight, hay and whatever's left from the day's buckets if we do stop.
         
        05-09-2013, 10:28 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 6gun Kid    
    I should have been clearer, the rest areas I was referring to are the big well lit full service ones. The type that are usually around the state lines, if you are locked inside your trailer with your horses you are in no more danger than if you stop at a campground. I have done it numerous times and never had any issues. For that matter when I was driving a truck, I stopped all kinds and never had a problem. Yet one time I stopped at a motel my truck was broken into. Generalities help no one.

    I'll be traveling with my husband who was a scout sniper in the Marine Corps and a third degree black belt in Isshyn Ryu, as well as 2 German Shepherds. Not to mention I am spot on with a shotgun and rifle (I hunt). Let someone come up in my trailer and see what happens!!!


    My other concern about stopping and unloading is the other animals we will have with us - 2 dogs (they aren't that big of a deal), my mini pig, my daughter's cat, daughter's cockatiel, and my geese!! This is in addition to the 5 horses, with one being a foal and another being a yearling! Not to mention 3 young children.

    :

    I think the reality of the hell ride I'm about to endure has just sunk in.....Ohhhh myyyyy gawwwwwdddddd.
         
        05-09-2013, 10:52 PM
      #19
    Started
    I feel you. Also two GSDs, two cats, two cages of birds. Le Sigh. This will not be simple.
         
        05-09-2013, 10:55 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Ok...it's eeire how similar our cases are...lol!
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