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    04-24-2013, 02:28 AM
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Too hot or just nervous?

Well, took my two for a ride in our new to us horse trailer. We loaded and went around the town a bit just to practice with them. I would say it was about a 15-20 minute ride and they were really sweaty! My mare was drenched. I am wondering if she was just nervous or were they hot???

We opened the manger windows but that was it. I know probably stupid. We have vents, manger windows, bigger windows at their sides, two top vents above their heads and the back is enclosed, I am thinking maybe the top doors come off but would like to know about this also. I will include a pic.

Thanks for any input.

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    04-24-2013, 02:33 AM
Hard to say really without being there. Did she act skecthy? That lil trailer could get warm pretty fast too though. As far as taking of the top doors, the hinges make all the difference. You could make them so they hold open, if they will fold all the way forward.
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    04-24-2013, 02:36 AM
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And they are huge horses to boot!!! That is extra tall extra wide trailer, lol. Um, the top doors are the only ones that are held in with like screw pins, looks like they come out. I will check it out a bit closer. I was told by her previous owner that she gets nervous and when they brought her to me they brought a buddy so she would load. Anyway, I will try it again with more ventilation. Thanks.
    04-24-2013, 02:46 AM
My sisters horse (a whole nother story) would ruin a trailer floor with sweat if on a long haul. She geeks out even in a stock. I really like to have ours (not my sisters lol) be able to move around a bit and just as open as can be. Unless is super cold and crappy. I'd open that puppy up and let her see the sights. Lol. Looks like its a ramp with two piece doors?
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    04-24-2013, 11:35 AM
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Yes a ramp and then two more doors on each side. We are thinking the top ones come off. We will have to experiment with that. We didn't have any vents open or anything. I know, stupid us!
    04-24-2013, 12:13 PM
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I'd give way more ventilation next time *but* you may just have nervous sweaters.

I trailered my gelding alone for the first time and after a 15min drive, we arrived and found him DRENCHED. The sweat was literally sheeting off the poor guy and it wasn't lack of ventilation or being hot. He was in an oversized 3 horse slant trailer (and his piddly 14.2hh self was looking lost) with the vents/his window opened and it was a whopping 30 degrees outside at the time.
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    04-24-2013, 12:49 PM
Gets hot & sticky here!

I had to look at a couple of things to try to keep my horses comfortable but safe. I tie our front feed doors open, hey secured in a bag so that stuff has less chance of getting into their eyes but I keep my speed down. Upper back doors off and side slide windows open. Top vent open all the time. I also installed two fans.... not that they work that well but they do help a little. When we have to stop I always look for shade.

I would consider taking out your front side small windows IF you can install some screening. I've thinking about that with mine but have not come up with a good solution and have to consider our rainy season is just that..... RAIN!. Another thought would be to insulate the inside roof. I see that you have a dark roof that I'd paint white.
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    04-24-2013, 01:14 PM
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Thank you! We are going to try it again today, with all windows and vents open. See how that goes and when making actual trips I am thinking we will take the top storm doors, I think they are called, OFF! I think my mare is nervous on top of it. Oh and I am in Oregon, can we say "rain"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    04-24-2013, 01:34 PM
A darker colored trailer like that with no vents or windows opened heats up like a tin can. Open up whatever you can on sunny days.
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    04-24-2013, 03:46 PM
My two horse had circular vents on the feed doors a roof vent, and side sliding windows. My preference was to leave the upper doors onto reduce a horse's concern about what's going on back there. I took a test run to see how well the ventilation worked at various speeds. The top vent needed to be open for when the trailer couldn't move in traffic. Horses do get a bit nervous so whatever you do don't blanket them or even a sheet. A breeze crossing the sweat will help cool them down. If the horse sweats heavily even with good ventilation be sure to provide electrolytes.
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