SUggestions for a very long trailer ride across the country, much needed advice!
Hey so Im trying to get ready to buy things I will need tobuy for moving my horse. I will be moving witha friend and our horses (he is partly my horse as I sold him to her a few years ago) but they will be togther in the shipping trailer (still findinga conpany on the cheaper end for it)
Im needing to know what I might need, a head bumper? I have seen full leather face gaulrds with fleece and like the look of those, anyone know where i can find one and how much they can get to be?
SHould I pull her shoes for the haul? Shipping boots or Stable wraps? Bell boots? Sheet to protect her bodey?
Just wanting to get ideas now not right beofre the move, since i Know i will be spending a couple thousand to ship her, and my friend will be doing the same with me (getting stuff for her horse)
Some haulers say they will take some tack or equip. with them, have you found this to be true?
ANy ideas to what I am getting into?!
help advice, anything would be help to us at this point we wantto have this well planned out anbd knwo what we are doing.
I moved from MN to AZ last fall, so I think I may be able to help. I hauled my own boy though...
I don't shoe, so that's about the only area I can't help...I would think barefoot would provide a bit better footing. My Appy was a scrambler, so I wouldn't have had shoes on him either way, lest he catch it under the divider; it was bad enough he could have caught a foot somewhere...
At anyrate...number one things are your Health Certificate and Current Coggins...both within 10-15 days of your move. Now, you may not get stopped, or have to stop to have them checked, but if you do, you darn well make sure you have them!
As far as protective gear, head bumper is a good thing, yes...I also like to have the fleece halter protector sets on the halter. I don't like the whole 'face mask thing' as, even with the head bumper your horse will sweat in the heat...I can't imagine that an entire facial mask would be extremely comfortable for them for an 8 hour day of travel. Some people swear by those, but I'm not one of them.
Leg wraps, are one thing I do swear by...mainly because they saved two of my horse's lives many years ago. Even if you just have a thick polo wrap on, that is better than nothing, and can save your horse from metal that may scrape across his legs in the event of an accident. It also gives them a bit of support while standing there for long hours of standing there.
I don't generally put a sheet on, unless I am traveling in the really cool part of the morning; and I take it off as it starts getting warm. I don't want a horse overheating in a trailer, especially because many horses don't drink nearly enough on the road.
When I haul, I keep a hay bag in front of them...again, something that some people think is taboo, and others swear by; if it's a short trip I won't, but on a long trip, I can't justify making the horse stand there for so many hours without it, when that does their digestive system absolutely no good. I've found it to cause no problems, and that it keeps them calmer in the trailer. I've also found it to cause them to drink more during stops, because they have a reason to drink! Invest in an electrolyte to add to her water, as traveling can cause imbalances in a horse, so try to remain ahead of that. Limit grain intake while traveling, especially if they tend to be nervous about traveling...you don't want those extra calories, and you don't want that extra cause for colic or diarrhea.
As far as tack to send along, I would make sure to send a longline, extra leg wraps, halter and leads, and a lined sheet (in case it does get chillier at night). Send her normal hay, to prevent any digestive upsets along the way.
Oops, forgot to add to send her own brushes and buckets, unless they use their own per horse. I've never used a hauler, so I don't know.
I would use shipping boots, use a sheet, line the halter with fleece pads, and im not sure about the shoes. What's your price range for items? This might be a good halter:
Pink Horse Halter Fleece Set, Lime Green Horse Halter Fleece Kit
Amigo Travel Boots from SmartPak Equine
Thermo Manager Stable Blanket from SmartPak Equine
Thank you very much! That really helped, Im deffently thinking of wraps, she alwasy used wraps but inly thing I am worried about is that she might get them off and they said they would not re apply them.
I will prolly just buy 2 good break away halters with fleece as she is young and can have trailer spazzems
Time in trailer
I recently consulted with 2 vets re: how long one should haul w/out letting horses out to move around: one said 10 hours max, one said 24 hours max. They both said that blood circulation needed to be kept going by some walking (I think for about a half hour). Also, what horse wants to stand in own waste? Gives you a chance to muck it out! :D
Yes for sure, they will walk her, I wont be hauling her and they have nightly layovers so thehorses are in barn and can strechadn laydown adn get good sleep, they also hand water them ever 4 hours
Ok, for transport, we ALWAYS go with Creech Brothers or Sallee horse transporters. A very good (as in, like family but not related) family friend owned and operated Creach Brothers for a long time, so we trust them. We ship horses (high $ race horses) from Ocala to Arkansas, to Kentucky, to California, to New Jersy, so we do alot of travel buisness.
My horse was shipped from Ocala, FL to Arkansas last summer, so I have alot of experiance with shipping long distances.
I've never used a Head Bumper, big shipping trailers ceiling's arn't low enough for you to need one either, so if you want to put one on, do so, if not, it's not a nessicity.
My horse went without shoes, but thats only because he had them pulled because they weren't what I wanted on him. I would personally keep them on, but that's just me. I don't like the idea of my horse going without them, BUT you also dont' want them coming off and some random farrier doing them without your knowledge and/or consent.
DO. NOT. WRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is asking for something to happen. Firstly, if they come undone, drivers dont know how to reapply them. Secondly, they get pretty hot for a long trailer ride. Thirdly, if she's overnighting somewhere, you don't want them on for days, that is REALLY bad for a horse's leg. It's alot better to go, when shipping through a comercial shipper, without warps. Since you are shipping in the warmer time of the year, don't put a sheet on either. Horses are very good about maintaining body temperature.
The shipper will keep hay and water continuasly full, but I would recomend putting your own hay and water bucket in, if allowed. As for shipping tack and equipment, I don't trust it to get there safe and unharmed. Just ship it fed ex or UPS
Also, I would put bells on. It's nice to hve protection on their corrent band
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