My horse will be shipped from southern France (where it is about 16°C) to Quebec, Canada where we are currently enjoying temperatures of between -5°C to -15°C
I know that it's not the ideal time to ship him, but I don't have a choice.
My horse is a 9 year old anglo-arab who was clipped out for the winter season. Even if he hadn't been clipped, he would be already moulting by now.
I have a thick rug with neck cover which he will travel with so he will be able to wear it when he gets to the quarantine facilities in New Jersey, for example
Can anyone advise me as to what I can do to help my horse adjust to the cold?
I will need to think carefully about his feeding regime because it's possible that the journey will cause him to lose weight. He is not a stressy traveller, but he has never done such a long haul journey and it will be his first time on a plane. (The shippers will give my horse a feed with electrolytes and oil the day before travel to help prevent dehydration and colic).
I've been thinking about hot mashes and non-heating mixes.
There is also the question of jetlag. Does anyone know if horses are affected in the same way as we are? If so, what can I do to help him overcome it?
Thank you in advance for any advice/comments!