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  • Can a horse lie down in a trailer
  • Can horses lay down in trailer

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    02-15-2012, 08:48 AM
Green Broke
I wouldn't hesitate to leave my horses overnight standing in my Brenderup. Like others said, they can haul and day in a trailer without a problem without laying down so they most likely will never lay down in a straight load trailer!
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    02-15-2012, 10:24 AM
Green Broke
I want one of those sweet huge $$$ trailers that has living quarters and three full sized stalls. Heck. YES.
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    02-15-2012, 10:29 AM
As long as you leave the trailer attached to your vehicle, it should be fine. Never load a horse into an unattached trailer, as they're just not stable enough.

I'd definitely put down bedding if I was keeping the horse in there overnight. I'd also take out the divider, so they could lie down. Horses need to lie down in order to get REM sleep.
    02-15-2012, 10:42 AM
I to have left mine in the trailer when the weather was horrible! I didnt like it but in some cases they are safer in the trailer versus out of the trailer.

I do agree with the post above, as to how well the horse would have done with the sound of all these walnuts hitting the top of the trailer....sounds like it was a difficult decision, and it had its pros and cons.
    02-15-2012, 10:50 AM
Amen!!! You and me to:):):)
    02-15-2012, 11:19 AM
For a short term saftey issue (storms, loose critters)- we have put the horses back in the trailer. But as mentioned, horses need to lie down for a good sleep.

Also remember - trailers may not have the best air movement. Sweating horses and urine soaked bedding are not the best thing ever.
    02-15-2012, 11:35 AM
I was hauling long distance with a two horse straight load. I'd been advised the horse could spend the night at the exhibition grounds and which gate was always left unlocked. Got there and every gate was locked. I drove to a campground and parked well away from everyone. This wasn't a fancy place, just parking on the prairie. I got little sleep from the horse banging, but since she wasn't doing the driving she got to stay awake while I got some shuteye.
    02-15-2012, 06:43 PM
Just be careful unloading the horse if he has stayed in the trailer all night. My cousin got injured severely when his horse bolted out of the trailer when he opened it after leaving him up all night.
    02-15-2012, 10:18 PM
Thanks guys! Sounds like I should be able to, but I still think I'd only do it if absolutely necessary.
    02-15-2012, 11:56 PM
I've been to Brown County and know the area you're talking about - in their defense, that's just one loop of the horseman's area with all those walnuts. That's also kind of "part of camping." You know, being outside. . .in nature. . .and all the stuff that falls out of it.

Just make a mental note not to camp in that section of the campground during the time of year the walnuts are dropping. The other times of the year, it's one of the prettier loops - nice and shaded, too!

As for horses sleeping in the trailer - not something I'd do, personally, but only because we have two horses and a two-horse slant. . .after a long day of riding, I don't want to lock my horses up into what is basically a metal "standing/tie stall" all night. Even with the windows open, the ventilation isn't as good as it could be outside.

I'd just take my chances with the walnuts and keep the horses outside where they can turn, move around, stretch out, lie down, get a drink of water, and rest up for the next day.

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