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post #1 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Would you do this?

A few days ago while I was a work (I work in a restaurant), I watched a truck and horse trailer with at least 3 horses inside pull up and park. The couple came inside and had lunch and sat there for at least an hour. They didn't check the horses once. This struck me as... odd. I mean, I haven't yet pulled a horse trailer so maybe I'm just crazy but it seemed irresponsible to me (and rude, poor horses didn't get a nice lunch and rest from their travels). So, I have to ask - in your opinion, is this fine?
Every time I've gone on road trips and had a dog with me, when we stop for lunch we have some form of fast food and usually eat it in the car and take the dog for a walk, let it have a drink etc. Obviously I wouldn't expect them to take the horses out for a stroll around the busy parking lot, but they didn't even check on them once!
So someone please, ease my troubled mind!
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post #2 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 01:28 AM
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I've done several long distance road trips with horses in the trailer and whenever we stop it is only for a few minutes to do what we need to do and the horses always get checked!
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post #3 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 01:35 AM
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I don't see a problem w/ it. When I rode on a rodeo drill team we usually ate after the rodeo, sometimes in groups, sometimes alone. I usually like to look in and say hello to my horse, but that's just me (and I generally do it when we just stop for gas to), and no reason other then saying hi. Not exactly safe to unload at every stop, although we did once run out of gas, so me and my friend (we were w/ my parents and sister) unloaded and rode to the nearest gas station.
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post #4 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 03:27 AM
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I don't see a problem with it. They stand in the trailer on their own for how many hours travelling. So as long as it's not boiling hot and they have hay to munch on I don't see a problem. Although when we stop for breaks on the way back from long trips we'll always offer them water.
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We normally stop on the trip to Sydney - We take the horses out for a walk and a pee. However our horses load exceptionally well and aren't worried about cars/trucks. If they were, we wouldn't unload.

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post #6 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 05:31 AM
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I must clarify here, the horses we have travelled with aren't unloaded either, but they are checked regularly.

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post #7 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 06:11 AM
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Wild_Spot, we'll take them out too depending on how far the trip is to let them stretch and pee for 10mins or so if we pull over at a truck stop. But usually it's just easier to leave them on.
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if i stopped it wouldn't be for long and i would check on the horses for sure.
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post #9 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 08:18 AM
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I don't see a problem as long as it isn't hot out. When I used to go to nationals for pony club it would be at least a 10 hour trip. We'd stop to eat and let the horses have a rest. They'd always have full hay nets in front of them and seem quite content to just stand and eat. We usually offer water when we stop, then again when we get going. Someone usually would go out to check the horses once and a while.
My fiance and I often grab fast food on a long trip and sit outside next to the trailer to eat.
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post #10 of 22 Old 04-08-2010, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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So as long as it's not boiling hot and they have hay to munch on I don't see a problem. Although when we stop for breaks on the way back from long trips we'll always offer them water.
That's a good point! It wasn't very warm, and from what I can see it looked like they had hay.

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