Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Over the rainbow!
• Horses: 0
If there aren't any other options, I too think I would opt to put the horse in the trailer over night. Although, if he's not quiet you'll have some irritated neighbors come morning. ;)
If you do tie to the trailer, make sure he's tied high and short. You don't want him to lie down and get his legs under the trailer. And yes, either a panic snap or a knife handy to cut the lead if trouble happens.
Also, be prepared for some missing paint on the trailer if the horse is left tied for a long time. Trailer paint is very tasty you know. ;) Also close any windows that have screens on them. Screens are tasty too. ;) A hay bag tied high can keep them occupied for quite a while, but when empty will probably hang low enough to cause another concern of getting a foot caught. Best to remove hay bags/nets for over night.
It took me many years to be comfortable with how my horses were doing throughout the night while camping. There were many nights when they got way more sleep than it did! LOL Knock on wood, we've never had any serious problems through the many years of camping but I've seen my share of accidents. Some of which could have been prevented, some not.
Enjoy your outing!