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    02-09-2012, 12:37 PM
Originally Posted by Iseul    
In my opinion, there is no way to safely water them in a slant load
Drop down windows.
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    02-09-2012, 01:14 PM
Green Broke
Umm yeh I sorta just lower the window and hand them a bucket.
    02-09-2012, 01:39 PM
Find a horse camp in a state/national park about midway. You'll be safe unloading there to water. You might even find a corral to use. It's worth it even if you end up paying an overnight fee.
UNLESS your horses are veterans I wouldn't try watering them in a trailer, period. I have an escape door in my slant load but that's NOT why I can water at a gas/other stop with them. It's purely bc of training. I stall my horses during the winter and clean around them moving them whenever necesary in their stalls, every day. They are ALL used to this and not threatened with me in such close quarters as in their trailer.
I water my big 5yo gelding in front bc I've taken out one partition to give me a double-stall, so to speak. Next, I water my 13yo mare, who is in the middle and totally trustworthy. Lastly, I use her stall to water my other 5yo gelding but that's bc it's easier and safer than bringing the water forward from his rear.
ALSO, I water with a collapsible canvas bucket, which is MUCH easier to use than something solid.
    02-09-2012, 01:59 PM
Green Broke
Getting my horses to AZ was one of the most stressful things about the move. We did a couple of rest stops, they didn't want any water. The mare did make a mess where she was standing, but the gelding waited to get here to pee & he didn't poop much either. As soon as he was unlaoded though, he got busy w/it. They had to be together in one pen for a few days & they were so good. Now they are doing great, have both been out for a ride & next is getting their shelters up. I think having them shipped by a reputatable company is worth looking into, but they should be pretty good loaders-might make it easier-imo.
    02-09-2012, 02:28 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
UNLESS your horses are veterans I wouldn't try watering them in a trailer, period. I have an escape door in my slant load but that's NOT why I can water at a gas/other stop with them. It's purely bc of training.
I'm going to guess if a horse is thirsty - they will drink. Training has little to do with it.
    02-09-2012, 03:10 PM
Yes, if they are thirsty they WILL drink. If you don't train your horse he will rush to the water and can knock you out of the way in very close quarters. I am their caretaker. If I get hurt, while on the road, nobody gets watered. Period.
They get good at trailering manners by trailering short trips. My regular trip to the farrier is about one hour. I DEMAND perfect manners, and I'll take as long as it takes to wrap, load, hook to a tie, unload, unwrap, etc. Sometimes the only time a horse travels in a trailer is when you move.
    02-09-2012, 07:06 PM
I used to offer water and never had a horse that would drink it. Now I just get on the road and get were I am going. I make sure they have had plenty of hay and fresh water before the trip and do not offer hay on the road until I stop for the night to avoid them being thirsty and not drinking.11 hours is really not a big deal. I would stop and rest a half hour or so mid trip.
    02-09-2012, 07:37 PM
If they smell water and are thirsty, I doubt they will have issues with it being put through the drop window. Sometimes we humans over stress and the horses sense it.
    02-09-2012, 07:52 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
Unloading does not give horses a rest. Not sure where this is coming from. Way less stress to leave them in the trailer than to unload and load in some strange area next to a highway.
Leave the horses in the trailer, tie the buckets, maybe those soft rubber, black recycled ones, in the trailer ahead of time, then figure out how to get a hose in the window, surely you have some windows or something. Lots of small battery operated pumps. Or even a hose and a funnel, and several 2 litter soda bottles of water.
For an 11 hour drive, figure on a pit stop every three, leave the horses loaded, just park in the shade, open up some ventilation and give them some wet hay and water. And let them chill for a half hour.

Agreed! Could not have said it better myself.

Unloading and reloading will only stress these horses out, no matter how much they are use to being hauled, and seeing as you already have issues with trailering it would only lead to trouble.

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