"We frown at leaving dogs and kids in cars, but we can leave a horse in a trailer" - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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"We frown at leaving dogs and kids in cars, but we can leave a horse in a trailer"

Fairly accurate.

The girl who I am loaning from invited me along to a competition yesterday. She was competing on her mare. We have had some scorching heat recently, very untypical and two legged and four legged alike are struggling.

Her test was at 1130, and we left before the heat set in.

However, her father made the rather accurate point that there is huge fusses about leaving dogs and children in cars, but we are okay to leave horses in trailers- before or after competing- for hours at a time.

I did point out that horses can sweat, where as dogs can't. Just curious to hear what people have to say and what measures they take to prevent horses over heating.

Friday was 42oC in the shade, and both the jumping and dressage parking had very little shade to offer. There were still competitors on this day.

Yesterday hit 36oC and the show was only really getting underway as we were leaving.
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post #2 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 06:27 AM
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If I am trailing in the heat, I simply go as soon as the horses are in the trailer. If I have to make a stop, I make it as quick as I possibly can. If I can't make it quick I skip it and wait until another time.
This might be habit from having rabbits, but on super hot days, if there is no shade where I am at (once we've unloaded) I use a spray bottle and mist them down some. Not sure if that actually helps or not.

Fresh water.. if thy aren't a big drinker I cut up apples/carrots and put them in the water. They generally get a mouthful trying to get the treats.
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post #3 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 06:48 AM
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I don't show and I don't leave my horses on the trailer longer than need be, but I do see one major difference.

Most of the high temperatues you see in cars comes from all the glass (think green house effect) and closed up windows, or windows only cracked open - cause you can't leave them fully open or fluffy might jump out.

Most horse trailes are no where near as closed up as a car and don't have the glass, thus have better air flow without the green house effect. Stock trailers of course are nice and airy, but even most other horse trailers have windows that can be opened wide and vents with little fear of the horse getting out.
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Fluffy might jump out.. Haha I like that!

I have never really seen slant trailers here. All I know are the enclosed ones with a small jockey door. A lot of them yesterday also left the back door up.. So not as much free flowing air!

Some of the horses were visibally upset. One in particular was kicking at the sides and covered in sweat. People were trying to find the owners.

Like I said, I don't compete. This was more curiosity as to what people do and how they cope and views on it.
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I don't understand why anyone would keep their trailer closed up like that on a hot day. Even my 2-horse straight that can be practically sealed tight for the winter can be opened up to offer plenty of ventilation and most trailers I've seen have options to allow air flow. To decide to keep it closed up like that is just ignorance and stupidity on the owner's part.
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Ditto on the glass thing. Park your car and trailer in the sun on a hot day for a few hours, then go into each one in turn. Guarantee the car will be a LOT hotter than the trailer. Personally, I wouldnt leave a horse tied to a trailer unattended, so horse goes in the trailer whenever I'm not there. Back would be up, but top doors open, same on front ramp. If it is so hot that they are struggling in a trailer with the top doors open, then I wouldn't be competing them.
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My trailer gets a very good breeze through it while driving.I unload my horses immediately when I get to a show and I never put them back in the trailer until I'm ready to leave. They stand tied like good horses and don't need to be stuck in the trailer. If they didn't stand well, they wouldn't go to the show.
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If it is too hot for a human to hang out in a Trailer for an hour or two it is too hot for your Horse to hang out in the Trailer!

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We never leave horses in a trailer MOVING for more than 2 hours. Once loaded its walk to the truck and leave, when we get there unloading is as soon as we pull up. No food stops, bathroom stops only where they can get out too.
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We never leave horses in a trailer MOVING for more than 2 hours. Once loaded its walk to the truck and leave, when we get there unloading is as soon as we pull up. No food stops, bathroom stops only where they can get out too.
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Thats ridiculous, especially the unloading part. I really question if you have trailered a horse anywhere. Horses get trailered all over the country every day without issue. opem some windows. They're fine. And you dang sure shouldnt unload on the side of a highway so you can take a bathroom break.
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