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post #1 of 13 Old 02-08-2009, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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long distance trailering

hi there, I was wondering if anyone has experieced advice to give on trailering long distances. My husband and I are thinking of traveling with our horses from British Columbia, Canada, to Prince Edward Island. We are thinking of taking our time, mostly for the sake of the horses, and driving 5 or so hours aday, then stopping over at planned stops. Is this as crazy as it may sound,> Has anyone tried this out there? Dale.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-08-2009, 04:36 AM
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I have traveled with other people grooming for them and most go for like 10 hours max a day but they stop every 2 hours and let the horses out to have food and drink and to walk around and then they get yarded overnight at a pre arranged place.
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I've read studies where it's better to drive for a long time and get to the destination sooner, than to make the horses stay at different unfamiliar barns for a few hours every day.

Sorry, I don't know how long a trip like that would take, but as long as you stop every now and then I would try and get there asap.
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The longest i trailered any of my horses is 6 hours away. we took a breack like half way their. my friend trailered her horse from pa to ohio for the aqha world show she whent strait their no staying over night they just stoped for like a half hour every few hours.
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-08-2009, 06:37 PM
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it shouldn't be a problem, but I do agree with one of the previous posters that you shouldn't put the horses through alot of stress of different barns. My friends have trailered their horses for 15 hours straight without stopping and didn't have that much a problem, now I would never do that, but it is still ok.

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post #6 of 13 Old 02-08-2009, 09:20 PM
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Thumbs up long trailer rides

My ex boss takes his horse from Alabama all the way to Illinois to ride and they go straight there! They go every year because thats where his wifes family live and they have amazing trails!
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post #7 of 13 Old 02-08-2009, 10:39 PM
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My trainer trailers some her GP horses and clients horses from Calgary to California for showing a few times a year. Her rule is to stop, unload them and let them run every 4 hours. I think it really depends on the horses and the roads you are travelling on.

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We've never gone for more than a 6 hour drive in a day. We have friends who travel extensively with their horses. We took advise from them and only stop for gas and meals (about every 2 hours) and let that be the horses stand still time. Thats the main thing you want to do, stop and let them rest their legs from the constant balancing act they are doing in the trailer. We also leave the horses in the trailer till we get to our destination. Our friends stop for the night wherever they happen to be (rest stop etc.), they have a live in freight liner truck.
There are a few web sites with information for overnight stops in the US you'll have to do some googling to find them in Canada. My husband and I have thought of doing a long distance horse vacation but we decided it would be better to just stay someplace that supply's the horses.

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post #9 of 13 Old 02-09-2009, 12:48 PM
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My trainer trailers some her GP horses and clients horses from Calgary to California for showing a few times a year. Her rule is to stop, unload them and let them run every 4 hours. I think it really depends on the horses and the roads you are travelling on.
And the trailer. :)

Otherwise I agree.

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post #10 of 13 Old 02-09-2009, 06:40 PM
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When we float long distance, we will go maybe 4 hours before a stop. We take the horses out for a walk and a pee, they HATE [eeing in the float, my arab will pee the second you take him off because he holds on until he is busting. I feel so horrible if he has to go in the float cause I know how long he would have been holding it! But it's only a 5/10 minute stop.

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