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post #1 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Do I need to use anything special for trailering?

Hi everyone!
So I'm moving my girl early in the morning. I have someone helping me trailer so I'm not solely responsible but I was wondering if I need to use shipping boots or anything special.
It's a 40 minute drive and I haven't used them before, but this is probably the longest drive I've ever had with her, or at least one of them.
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 10:27 AM
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How well does she trailer? I've never used any wraps, boots or bumpers when hauling, and I've hauled much longer than 40 minutes at a time.
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 10:40 AM
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If the horse is shod, I always boot up the front/ bandage and bell boots.

My old horse would freak at anything on his hind legs, so booted front and bandaged hind.

When I picked Dubai up he had been on a trailer once, and never booted. Acted like a star and put brushing boots on all over and he travelled a dream.

Depends on horse, really. If they are smooth travellers, leave them clean. If they like to play and bounce around, a bit of protection won't do you any harm.
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post #4 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 11:13 AM
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40 min is not very long. If it was me I wouldn't do anything but load her up and go. IMO horses do better when we don't over coddle them. Good luck!
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 11:16 AM
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It's a personal choice, really. I know people who go 20 minutes down the road with a fleece halter, shipping boots/wraps, bells, sheets. Bubble wrap. The whole 9. Then I have another friend who ships with nothing, not even a trailer tie. Personallyid make my decision based on the horse and distance. If he is an easy traveler and its a short drive I'd go naked. A clumsy, accident prone, misbehave-er I'd definitely have boots/wraps on them, minimum.
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 11:32 AM
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How does she usually travel? 40 minutes isn't that far, and sometimes less is more. When I moved my horse across states (did so with a hauling company), it was just better to leave things off, given the duration.
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 11:53 AM
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It's personal choice.

Even if I am going 5 minutes down the road, my horses will always get their shipping boots on all four legs, their fly mask, and their breakaway halter. If it's going to be about an hour drive or less, my horse Red gets his Back-On-Track wraps on his legs. (I don't leave them on longer than that because they do reflect leg heat for therapy.)

Shipping boots are cheap insurance against flesh damage, in my opinion.

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
How well does she trailer? I've never used any wraps, boots or bumpers when hauling, and I've hauled much longer than 40 minutes at a time.
Same here, and 20-30 minutes each way to a trailhead is something we do about every weekend.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 03:06 PM
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I don't even tie in the trailer, whether it's a 30 minute ride or a eight hour drive. The longest I've ever been with a horse was 14 hours. I put bell boots on all four feet, but only because she was wearing four shoes and I was going to load and unload her at some point along the way. The only damage my horse has acquired in the trailer has been to her heels and cornet area from stepping on herself while backing out.
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post #10 of 12 Old 10-08-2013, 03:07 PM
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Better safe than sorry

I will be the first to admit that I'm paranoid about trailering, but that's because I have seen horrible, horrible things happen even to very sane, safe travelling horses. I ALWAYS put a head bumper and shipping boots on my horse, even just to practice loading. $100 in protective gear is much less than you'll be paying for a vet visit! Buy/borrow everything ahead of time and let your horse get used to it - they're always weird about shipping boots the first few times, but most will calm down after a bit.
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