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        04-02-2010, 10:22 AM
      #11
    Foal
    Thank you all for the replies and I guess I will have the hard decision to make. Any help or suggestions are appreciated.
         
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        04-02-2010, 10:31 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    I know it's not really my business, but could you explain the situation a little more? If you are afraid someone is going to physically harm them, get the police involved.

    Rather than risking that trip, I think a far better solution would be to move the horses to another farm where they are out of whatever bad situation they are in.

    I would think that trying to rig the trailer for all three would only work temporarily. Maybe make the trip over a series of days with the horses only traveling a few hours a day and see if you can find overnight stabling.
         
        04-02-2010, 10:37 AM
      #13
    Foal
    That has been considered as well, there are several rodeo grounds along the way and I have 8 days off so I may try to "limp along" for several days
         
        04-02-2010, 10:38 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Well, what I have heard you can do is tie the mother up fairly short. Make sure you tie the father up too. Then they can't move around as much and trample the baby. Make sure it can nurse too. 15 hours is a very long time though. At least make sure you stop a few times and maybe even let them out if possible to stretch their legs. I don't know - I'm really haven't done much trailering myself, just know what I've heard and observed.
         
        04-02-2010, 10:48 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I've gotten several "suggestions" from folks here in Wyoming, some contradictory to each other but for the most part, they think stopping is a good idea. Although "one" person said to run straight through. I don't think I'll do that. I can stop at least one night and take two 7.5 hour days to complete the trip.
         
        04-02-2010, 11:04 AM
      #16
    Foal
    I guess we will have to try to get them here the best and safest way we can. Will try to find a bigger trailer. Thank for all the help everyone.
         
        04-02-2010, 11:15 AM
      #17
    Trained
    The foal will be fine and I wouldn't stop at all except for fuel. The faster you get them home and unloaded the better. Even if the foal doesn't nurse much it should be okay. They deffinately can stand for 15 hours. If you stop 3 or 4 times for fuel and let the foal nurse then it would be fine as long as there is room and the foal doesn't get squished.
         
        04-02-2010, 11:21 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mattanittaallen    
    I've gotten several "suggestions" from folks here in Wyoming, some contradictory to each other but for the most part, they think stopping is a good idea. Although "one" person said to run straight through. I don't think I'll do that. I can stop at least one night and take two 7.5 hour days to complete the trip.
    I have done that with horses and I think the stopping overnight is more stressful than just getting it over with. You aren't going to hurt that foal by going all the way in the same day. It's better to do it all at once than unload someplace where you don't know what horse was there just before you or what kind of facilities there is actually going to be as opposed to what was advertized.
         
        04-02-2010, 11:40 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Thanks for the reply Kevinshorses. That is a good way to look at it. My wife and I were concerned about stopping at the facilities along the way also. Would love to just get them here and unload them. We have two options. On 18,000 acres with another herd or in our barn? Which is best? Don't want to do them any harm when they arrive after the long trip.
         
        04-02-2010, 11:44 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I've heard to separate the horses for awhile. Something about shipping fever?
         

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