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post #11 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 07:14 PM
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Okay first off, wrapping the legs will help prevent injury if you turn to fast, stop to fast, roll etc.

And you should let him drive. It is much different I find. I drive like a goon with out a load but once that trailer is hooked up I'm the worlds best driver, it could take a second to lose control.
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post #12 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 07:31 PM
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I would recommend no grain. Horses naturally eat at ground level... when they eat grain in a trailer, there is a higher risk of choking. Plus, you want to feed what the current owner feeds and gradually incorporate any grain if you decide to.... wouldn't want a colic scare.
I didn't say to leave the grain while hauling- just to use if the horse doesn't want to go in the trailer

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post #13 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 07:36 PM
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Ah, in that case, good call. My horse won't turn food down for nothin'! lol
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I didn't say to leave the grain while hauling- just to use if the horse doesn't want to go in the trailer
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post #14 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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I'm lovin the replies! Thanks.

I believe I'm just going to let my boyfriend drive. I think he will understand that he is driving my new baby around. He better, or we will be having some problems LOL!

And the only reason I'd want to bring a hay net is so she could have something to do for the drive. I understand she won't be THAT hungry on a 3 hour drive, but I want her to have something to fiddle with/eat if she is bored..

I am very excited to take pictures of her transitioning to her new home. She is my first horse --she will have tons and tons of love!! I bet every pony and horse dreams to be a first horse!! So much love and excitement with the first one!
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post #15 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 08:32 PM
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I've never pulled a bumper pull, but with my boyfriend's gooseneck it's really easy to forget that it's back there. It's no big deal, especially if it's a small trailer.

Just don't forget to turn the overdrive off or you'll mess up the transmission. Actually, since it's a rental, I wouldn't worry about it since it will kill your gas mileage. Are you sure that the rental will have a hitch, though?

Just give yourself more time to stop since you won't have a trailer brake and you'll be fine.
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post #16 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 09:27 PM
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The owner of the barn should be the one to go with you , if I owned a barn and one of my people were in your situation I would offer to haul the horse for what it cost for gas and a little time , that way I would know that you and your new horse were coming home safe, please do not haul this horse by your self , ask some one and I am sure that your boyfriend can help you , do you even know if you have the right hook up and LIGHTS , you must have brake lights or do not haul. Once you are on the road safe , do not let the horse out , stop for gas but that is it , if it is an open trailer you should have a fly mask on the horse for a three hour haul so he does not get crap in his eyes. You are better off paying some one to haul your horse than taking this alone. Good luck and please let us know how it all went , Be safe , think safe at all times.
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post #17 of 21 Old 09-17-2009, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Coincidentally, the owner of the barn has called and offered to get my horse with me, with her truck and her trailer, since the last time I posted. Isn't that strange?

She can only come with me to get her NEXT saturday, because she works Monday through Friday. I'm buying her this saturday. Can you believe Sugar's owners are going to charge me $50 dollars to keep her there the week between purchase and getting her?!
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I just don't like hay nets. We never put hay in bags or nets in the horse trailer. It just seems like it would make it way to easy for them to get hung up in the trailer, because I'm sure that they will paw. Even my broke, broke show gelding pawed in the trailer.

Also, with a net, you're going to lose the majority of the hay to the ground. The horse isn't going to get it anyway.

Your call though... BTW: I'm glad that you're BO is driving. That seems much better than renting a truck. I was concerned that you wouldn't have the right size trailer ball for the reese hitch and trailer. Could've been a mess.

Also, a little off topic, but for anybody who thinks that trailering isn't danger, you should read this article...
http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C..._Updated/25735
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post #19 of 21 Old 09-18-2009, 05:24 PM
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Your call though... BTW: I'm glad that you're BO is driving. That seems much better than renting a truck. I was concerned that you wouldn't have the right size trailer ball for the reese hitch and trailer. Could've been a mess.

Also, a little off topic, but for anybody who thinks that trailering isn't danger, you should read this article...
http://www.gohorseshow.com/article/C..._Updated/25735
That was exactly what I was just thinking about. You have to have the right trailer hitch and those rent-a-truck things probably won't. Also, you really need someone with you who is experienced hauling horses in case something goes wrong. See the article above for a true horror story about hauling horses, and that involves people that have been hauling cross-country for years.

Also, I wrap legs and put bell boots on even if I'm only going 5 miles down the road. You never know when a horse is going to step all over themselves or you will have to slam on the breaks or swerve. That being said, do not put them on unless you know how to do it properly. I have seen horses come off a trailer lame from the wraps being put on wrong, which is actually easier to do than putting them on correctly.

And congrats on your new baby.

edited to add this link to another article on that horrible accident. The hitch literally boke in two. http://americashorsedaily.com/category/quarter-chat/

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post #20 of 21 Old 09-18-2009, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both of you for the information. I am getting my barn owner to drive me to go get her. She is such a sweet, horse loving lady!! She is really doing this out of the kindess in her heart.

I'm glad I won't have to worry about this.
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