03-21-2009, 03:31 AM
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I went with some friends to pick up an unbroke young horse. Because it was an unbroke horse and not used to being handled or caught we didn't want to stop if we didn't have to. Horse was in a 2 horse stock trailer (untied) for almost 20 hours. We drove straight through, only stopping for gas and drive-thru food.
Definitely longer than I would like, but we didn't have much choice. The horse handled it well, although she was pretty tired when we got back. :)
I sometimes go to weekend events that involve 8 hours of driving each way. We leave a day for travel, so the horse gets to rest/eat all evening and through the night before competing the following day. Have never had a problem.
I guess it depends where you are, but I don't like the idea of taking a horse off a trailer unless I am at my destination or at least an overnight stop.