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.