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post #1 of 12 Old 05-01-2013, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question Best Way to Trailer Mares and Foals

We have two pony mares and foals that we are needed in transport to another pasture 40 minutes away from their current pasture. The mares are both quiet and have been in the tralier a lot. The foals are almost 2 months old and partially halter broke. What is the best way to trailer with both mares and foals?

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-01-2013, 05:47 PM
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make box stalls inside of the trailer and let them travel untied. 40 minutes shouldn't be too much of an issue especially since you said they're quiet mares.
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Make sure there are no hazards the foals can hurt themselves on. Make sure to bed the trailer deeply in case a baby falls. Id leave the foals loose in the trailer and tie the mares. Pull over pretty frequently to check on them.

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tying some horses and not the others could be a disaster.....If it were me, I would just haul them all loose in the trailer. If the mares get along good, I wouldn't worry about it.
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I agree with Ashleysmardigrasgirl, box stalls are handy. I like using a stock trailer with cut gates so the mare and foal can be in their own "stall".
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I have hauled a mare (same mare all the time), in an open stock trailer with her foals lots. I didn't tie the mare, let her & her kid loose, never a problem.
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I also suggest leaving them loose. If they have been pastured together and are comfortable with each other, you probably wouldn't even need to separate them but if they are strange to each other, then you definitely need to keep them in their own stalls. As Chick said, a stock trailer is best for that.

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Great! Thanks for all the information. I forgot to mention that we have a 4 horse slant load with dividers. Could we leave it all open and tie the mares and keep the foals loose?

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post #9 of 12 Old 05-02-2013, 05:34 PM
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just leave it open. DON'T TIE THE MARES.
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Agreed, don't tie the mares. If a foal were to go between the mare and the place where she was tied, it could end up tangled in the leadrope.

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