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hauling in a stock trailer....
I have always hauled long distance in our 4horse slant with LQ. Well considering I am going to an FT grounds that involves a climb up a mountain, and a fairly hairy drive down a narrow private lane, I am going to opt for my smaller stock trailer this weekend. the drive down will be 5-6hrs, of 4ln highway and interstate. For those of you that haul in a stock trailer, what precautions do you use when hauling. I figure I will wrap his legs and tie him, but is there anything else I should consider?
He has gone to the vet in this trailer and is in it 4-5 days a week to go work dogs so it is not new to him, just the longest trip he has been in it, previously he had gone an hour and a half with no issue.
You might want to consider not tying him, as stock trailers are great for letting them pick their own position in which to travel. Letting them do that helps relieve fatigue and the stress of a long ride.
I have a straight load, but the next trailer I buy will be a stock combo. I find them preferable to pretty much any other type out there because of the roominess and ability of the horse(s) to determine their most comfortable travel positions.
I also haul in a stock and would not advise tying. In a stock they need room to move and figure out how best to stand to be stable and comfortable. If tied they don't' have that freedom to move. And if you tie to the side of the trailer, it's even harder for them, as the trailer is lurching forwards/backwards - which is very easy to stand when the horse is facing the front or back, but not so much the side.
Awsome! thank you guys, I will not tie him.
I learned SO MUCH the first year with horses, from a Horse Health Care course that I took with my (Equine Only), high pricey Vet. I learned how to wrap with bandages and quilts, to use mats in my trailer and to TIE. Although I'm replacing my bungee cord trailer ties, which have stretched and broken on any problem horse over the last decade--so what good are they? =/ --a horse that chooses to put his head down to eat what fell out of the hay net doesn't know that you're about to stop bc some stupid sedan slammed on their brakes in front of you. THAT can be a new Vet bill for YOU. When they have to stand and are the only horse in a 2-horse stock, you tie left and they will stand sideways, butt to the left. THIS is the reason that they invented slant load trailers to accommodate the natural postion of the travelling horse. If there are two in your trailer they will STILL be comfortable standing forwards. If you have an overhang where you can put hay, I would STILL tie them while trailering.
Horses can re-balance themselves while standing and tied, so keep them that way while they travel. =D
I've always tied too. Decent head room without too much to step into obviously but I think this actually give them something to lean or catch themself on. I also don't like them getting turned around in a stock trailer. So personally, I would tie. I have also hauled horses over a 2-3 day period from VA to TX and in the beginning thought wrapping legs or shipping boots was the way to go, but was advised not to because if any of your wrap starts to slip or slide or come undone for any reason, it'll become a nuisance to them and cause unnecessary stomping and/or restlessness. I wouldn't do anything more unusual than you always do. The main thing I stuck to while hauling long distance is stopping every 2-3 hours for about 20 minutes just to let them catch a break from the balancing act they have to perform while in motion. I'd offer water, but half the time, they didn't even go for it. Have a safe trip! Sounds like a blast. :)
We've always tied our horses. Even when we used a large gooseneck stock trailer with a few horses. The only times we haven't tied is when the horse didn't tie well or for a foal. We hauled the gooseneck across the state which took all day with quite a few stops.
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I would be extremely uncomfortable not tying...For all the reasons listed above.
I have a stock trailer, 4 horse, i tie, i also put down mats. they like to ride backwards in it.
so in they go, they turn around and get tied to the side, but not real tight .
I agree with SR. If he's a good hauler, I would consider not tying him so that he can move around more and turn around if he chooses. I've been hauling horses loose in stock trailers ever since I've been driving (almost 15 years) and haven't had a problem hauling loose yet.
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