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    03-27-2012, 12:30 PM
Trailering a horse long distance

What's the longest length of time that you have trailered a horse and how did you do it? How often did you take breaks?
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    03-27-2012, 12:45 PM
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The longest I went to pick up two new horses was 3 hours. We stopped about 5 times because the horses hadn't been moved in probably 2 years and were totally new to us as well so we just wanted to make sure they were okay.
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    03-27-2012, 01:04 PM
We went from Nevada to California then to Texas.

Every time we stopped for fuel or a meal I would check on them, offer water. I made lists of places to overnight along the way and called ahead to let them know we were coming so they had stalls ready for us.
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    03-27-2012, 01:45 PM
I'd say my longest trips were from Vegas to Reno (~8hrs driving) and Reno to SLO (~8hrs driving). I stopped every 2 hours for at least 20 minutes and offered water. At the 4 hour mark I stopped for food/lunch and offered water and hay while I ate so that stop was probably an hour or so. For the long trips I also like to wrap legs with no-bows. Short trips I typically don't.
    03-27-2012, 06:22 PM
Thanks. I assume you would let them out to stretch at the stops?
    03-27-2012, 06:27 PM
We didn't. They had plenty of room in the trailer and with the stops they were able to rest. They did perfectly fine, but our horses are used to be trailered on a regular basis.
    03-27-2012, 06:42 PM
It's a lot of work for a horse to keep standing in a trailer going down the road. It's better for your horse to just leave them comfortable in the trailer and let them stand still while you're stopped. I've trailered 8 hours at a time and only stopped for gas and to eat. I never unloaded them and they came out fine.
    03-27-2012, 06:43 PM
I didn't take them out either for safety reasons (stopping in parking lots or rest areas doesn't seem conducive to loading and unloading horses, imo).
    03-27-2012, 07:15 PM
Good! I would rather not have to worry about taking them out. Thanks!
    03-27-2012, 10:09 PM
8 eight hours is the longest I have hauled a horse. I didn't offer water or food until we got there, I stopped once for gas. Horses were fine & dandy as always. Trip back was just as uneventful.

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