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hillree 01-18-2011 11:04 AM

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?

cher40 01-18-2011 01:02 PM

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.

Cher

churumbeque 01-18-2011 06:04 PM

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

hillree 01-18-2011 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by churumbeque (Post 894738)
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

Thanks for the advice. Should I wrap her legs? Unload her when we rest? Have a vet check her over when we get home?

Vidaloco 01-18-2011 07:14 PM

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.

faye 01-18-2011 07:16 PM

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.

franknbeans 01-18-2011 07:31 PM

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.

faye 01-18-2011 07:32 PM

Oh yes it is absolutly essential that you carry the following:
Paper work.
Well charged mobile phone
Recovery service ephone number
ACP

WickedNag 01-19-2011 07:12 AM

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.

franknbeans 01-19-2011 07:25 AM

Wn-perhaps to you it is nothing.....all of us don't share that sentiment.


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