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    03-27-2012, 11:30 AM
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, 11:45 AM
Green Broke
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, 12:04 PM
Green Broke
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, 12:45 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, 05:22 PM
Thanks. I assume you would let them out to stretch at the stops?
    03-27-2012, 05:27 PM
Green Broke
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, 05:42 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, 05:43 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, 06:15 PM
Good! I would rather not have to worry about taking them out. Thanks!
    03-27-2012, 09:09 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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