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post #1 of 21 Old 02-14-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Horse sleeping in trailer in trail rides?

A while back my mom and I went trail riding at brown county trails. The horse camp is COVERED in walnut trees. These are usually okay, except for the weekend we went it stormed and these walnuts were dropping out of the trees like crazy. Unfortunately Brown County only has ties for horses, no stalls, and with these walnuts I really wished my horses has some shelter. In the morning, our trailer had a small dent in the top, the walnuts tore up the vent in the trailer roof of the lady next to us, and one of our neighbors horses had a huge lump on his head from where a walnut hit him on the face. Needless to say I don't plan on campihair there again unless they install some stalls for the poor horses, or cut down those walnut trees! This got me wondering, would I be safe to leave my horse in the trailer over night? Like if I removed the divider in my straight load so it was just one big open space and didn't tie my horse overnight? Idk. I don't think it sounds too safe, as horses weren't meant to be staying in the trailer overnight, but I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on this. Could either be a clever idea or a VERY dangerous one.
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-14-2012, 10:20 PM
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I've known people who have used their trailer in odd situations like those. They didnt enjoy the fact and didnt sleep half the night because of the situation. It is unsafe but can be done- I suggest the less space they move around the better, so keep the divider- so this way they are less likely to lay down- and I'd keep them tied on a loose lead too. So incase something would happen you have a means to encourage them to get up.

But frankly this idea scares me!

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I am curious what people say to this as well.

I guess I'm not seeing how it's any different then being in a stall. My trailer is actually quite spacious.

OP, do you put bedding in the trailer? Or is it rubber mats, wood etc.?

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I've left horses in the trailer over night. Bad storms, stuff like that, How is it different than a 10 hour trailer ride? In fact probably better, since I can hear and feel anything that happens in the horse part if I'm trying to sleep in the front.When I'm driving, I have no idea how the horses are doing until I stop and go look.

I see ranchers take two horses out for the day. Leave one the trailer all morning while they work the cows with the 1st. trade horses at lunch time and leave the other. They survive just fine and learn to cope with it.
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post #6 of 21 Old 02-14-2012, 10:49 PM
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I guess this teaches them to stand if they don't like to! Lol
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-14-2012, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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I would probably put lots of bedding down for sure. Yeah, I doubt I would sleep half the night either, but then again, I was up almost all night at brown county thinking about one of the horses getting nailed in the head. I think it would for sure be ok for like a 3 or 4 horse trailer, or even a 2 horse slant load, but I just didn't know if a 2 horse straight load would be enough room in case hey do decide to lay down.
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To answer CLaPorte's post, always keep rubber mats in our trailer (I'm not too keen on the idea of my horses standing on the wood, plus the boards rot faster that way) I guess I don't really see he advantage of putting bedding down other than to soak up urine.
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I've left horses all day in a trailer and overnight when traveling when there wasn't a horse hotel around. Never had an issue and the horses didn't come out any worse for wear as far as I could tell. But in your situation, I wonder how well the horses would of handled walnuts drumming on the trailer all night.
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Originally Posted by KissTheRing View Post
It is unsafe

Like Painted Horse said, how is it different than riding in the trailer for long stretches of time?
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