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post #1 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do when hauling horses in the winter?

So our trailer is a 76 Flying L 2 horse. The back half is open (will attach pics to show what I mean) and the side windows are missing. Just got it, planning on fixing all of this. But, in the mean time Moo is going to the trainers on the 31st and instead of paying the lady to trailer him back an fourth I now have the joy of doing it myself

Being that the windows are missing and is basically somewhat open would you put a stable sheet or a light blanket on just to block some of the wind? (horse isnt blanketed) im only going to the next county over so its not a 3 hour trip.

What do you do when hauling in the winter?
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-23-2012, 12:15 PM
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I would blanket being extra careful that all straps are close to his body. People haul in stock trailers which allow more air movement than your trailer & those horses are fine, yours will be too. He'll keep warm balancing during the trip.
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People haul in stock trailers which allow more air movement than your trailer & those horses are fine, yours will be too. He'll keep warm balancing during the trip.
We have plexiglass pieces that slide into the opening of our stock trailer. We don't haul even the cattle without them when it's below 30 for air temp.

The primary reason for the plexiglass is to reduce the wind chill and the frigid air intake when they breath.
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We put a light blanket on in cold weather, especially on the way home after they're warm from being worked.

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We have a totally closed trailer, however it is not insulated. We open some of the vents (not the ceiling ones or the ones by the horses face) and the horse is blanketed however he was or would be in turnout.
We have trailered in -20, blizzard conditions and the horses always come out happy and toasty warm.

With an open trailer I would make sure the weather was warm, and blanket with something that will cut the wind. If possible I would offer hay as well if he's going to be in there for over an hour and a half, and stop and check on him at some point.

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When I had an open stock trailer I got a big wooden siding(?) from Home Depot, cut it into 2 pieces, and tied it to the sides to close the inside from the wind. Worked for me and total cost was $50 or so.
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the trip will probably be 45 mins so not too far..i have a medium weight blankie but my worry is that he'll sweat like a maniac with that on. We also have a cooler like blanket that is like a community blanket. It has like a wool or fleece underside. I could maybe even use that. Last time I trailered him though he was sweating around his chest and neck from being worked up.


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the trip will probably be 45 mins so not too far..i have a medium weight blankie but my worry is that he'll sweat like a maniac with that on. We also have a cooler like blanket that is like a community blanket. It has like a wool or fleece underside. I could maybe even use that. Last time I trailered him though he was sweating around his chest and neck from being worked up.
As long as it's a warm day then he will probably be fine with nothing.. you don't want him to be sweating, and if he is cold at your destination just have a blanket with you and some hay so that you can warm him up when you get there =)

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Sounds like he needs more trailer rides to get him used to the trailer but that isn't helpful to you right now. I would maybe put a sheet on him, but probably not a blanket, unless you're in a REALLY frigid area of the country. He's probably going to sweat a lot because of being emotional about the trailer ride, so having a blanket to mat the hair down on top of the sweat isn't real great. For 45 mins I really wouldn't worry too much unless the weather is actively nasty. Then I'd find a way to block the side windows but not worry about the back ones.

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every other time we've hauled him he was fine. Something I think must have freaked him a bit the last time but he wasnt dripping sweat, just alittle wet. But I plan on getting him accustomed to our new trailer before we move him. I jsut have to get it on the road.

During the day it is anywhere between 25 degrees and like 50. Its pretty bi-polar.


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