Trailering a long distance?
I have never trailered a horse before, so I don't know what to do or what to expect. The trailer ride is a little over 7 hours. How do I trailer a horse and what can I do for the distance to keep her comfortable?
Hi, I have no advice to offer but I'm subscribing to your thread so I can read the advice you do get. My hubby is interested in a horse that would have to be trailered about 7 or 8 hours as well if we do go ahead and buy him.
lock n load and head down the road. 8 hrs is not a big deal unless you have a cheap trailer that does not ride well. Stop midway while you eat and let them rest with hay and water
We stop every hour to 2 hours. When we need gas, when we eat etc. At those stops we take our time and let the kids rest for 10-15 min. Half way we offer water although they rarely take it. We keep a hay bag in front of them all the way too.
If your hauling with a truck, you're going to have to stop for gas every hour or so anyway. Just take a bit longer than you would if you were by yourself and making a quick stop.
I would put travel bandages on her IF she is used to them.
Offer her water every 2- 3 hours but only unload if you are in a secure yard and are 100% sure you can get her back on.
Give her soaked hay to munch on for the trip, this will help keep her hydrated.
I do not trailer a lot either, and understand your anxiety. I basically do it twice a year, to take my horses to my summer home, and back in the winter. Makes me more comfortable if I have company.....just an extra person to help in case there IS an issue, and I got the US rider policy that makes me feel MUCH better. Always get the trailer and truck checked just before I go-I am slightly paranoid, I guess.
Oh yes it is absolutly essential that you carry the following:
Well charged mobile phone
Recovery service ephone number
8 hours is nothing. You will stop for gas or something to eat, even a bathroom break and that will be sufficient for a horse only traveling that distance.
Wn-perhaps to you it is nothing.....all of us don't share that sentiment.
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