Searched Forum- Need trailering help
I have mentioned in recent posts that I'm moving to North Carolina from Florida in 6 weeks. I have a pinto that doesnt tie. He doesnt ground tie and sure as heck doesnt cross tie if he realizes it!
My problem is I head up to NC sep 1, and i'm having him shipped up Sep 5th. My friend will be at the barn in FL to help the professional shipper get him in the trailer (for my piece of mind). It is a 12 hr haul. The shipper says she stops every 3 hours to let the horse rest. Is it safe to haul him tied? I assume if there is something stopping him from pulling back by his butt(its a slant load) then he can really feel he's tied at his halter?? I saw a post of here about someones horse who sliced their forehead open from trailer, and it literally freaked me out.
My other question is about electrolytes and shipping. Ive seen things on gatorade, smartpak has a whole bunch of powder forms,. How long in advanced do i begin giving it to him and can anyone suggest what to use?
I think once this is all figured out, I'll feel alot better!
Could you possibly try a blocker tie ring?
I dont own one. And I hate to say it but all my money is currently tied up in my move. Is that my only option? Do you think this could be a dangerous move?
We never tie our horse in the trailer. We've never gone more than an 8 hour drive in a day but still, we don't tie.
I leave them in a web halter and have a couple of head shields that we used when our young ones were just learning to ride in a moving stall.
I have these face savers, and yes my husband had a fit when I bought 2 of them.
Ken McNabb - Tack Shop
I would tell them that he does not tie. This isn't the time to be tying him. I would haul him untied.
You should have been solving this problem before so others do not have a problem hauling him.
Yea I have been tieing him and letting him break the twine but he insists on continuing. I have had a friend assist in holding a lead rope connected to one side of his halter hile i held the other and simulated being tied on the wash rack and he was pretty sketchy. Im at the barn by myself 99% of the time so I dont know how to do thay myself. I wish i could.
Do you regularly haul him? If so is he untied for short distances? Or is trailering a whole new experience for him?
No, Ive only owned him 6 months. I had him hauled in a box trailer tied for 300 miles. Now its 798 miles. And he tied a little better before. He got spooked by an electrical current from an outlet near our cross ties and hasnt tied since . At least thats what I think it is.
Do you have a trailer to practice with? See how he is can he go in and eat from a hay bag and stand calmly? If he loads and trailers well than tied or untied would be easier to answer. If he is a wreck in the trailer than either way it could be a horrible situation. Will there be a lot of horses trailering with him to help keep him calm?
I would suggest borrowing a trailer to practice tying him in. Make sure he has food in the trailer, and go for drives in it. At first, put him in the trailer for no more that 15 minutes and don't go anywhere. Slowly start to drive around the block and eventually drive around for 30 min +. You need to get him used to the trailer.
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