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post #11 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 08:54 AM
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If it gets very hot and stuffy in one's trailer and adjustments can't be made to relieve that, perhaps one has the wrong trailer for their environment.

Even when it's at 100 F here the shade and cross breeze in the trailers while parked are nice.
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post #12 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Not sure about the oC-F conversion.

Like I said, here shade was minimal.

It shocked me that people would leave their horses in though.

Some people are still rolling around with the wooden trailers with tarpaulin (sp?) tops, no windows, just a small jockey door. They heat up pretty fast.

To be honest, even with the door open, I was with friend's mare. Windows, jockey door and back were open at 1045 and it was still uncomfortable in there.
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post #13 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 09:11 AM
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I have to agree with the too hot thing. I've seen my fair share of saddled horses standing in a mostly enclosed trailer with no shade while the owners are inside a restaraunt for an hour or two. There's fast food for times like that!
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post #14 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 09:18 AM
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Joe, I don't know who you think you are speaking to. I am not a child nor am I am imbecile. I don't remember asking your opinion on me or my hauling practices. I am not stupid enough to stop on the side of the highway, and never leave to go anywhere without a course plotted including stops.
Questioning whether I haul or not? Really? Do I need to check in with you when I do?
I do what I do for the safety of my horse and any in my trailer. I don't feel it's safe not to have your eyes on the horse, offer it water and check it out. Leaving a horse in a trailer while you go in somewhere is not safe- why would I leave my horse unattended? I also don't tie to a trailer all day at shows, if I can't get a stall- the horse and kid don't go. If I can't get a fan on the horse, and its over 85-90 I'm still not leaving them. My horse, my kid, my money, my rules. I don't know what state you are in but here in Louisiana the heat and humidity can wreck havoc on any living creature.
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post #15 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 09:19 AM
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Duffy, 100*F is about equal to 38*C.

I only have a stock trailer with big open slats on the sides so there is always airflow going through there. My horses actually prefer being in the trailer to being left to stand in the sun. It's not an uncommon thing for them to be in the trailer for several hours at a time in the worst of the summer heat (sometimes up to 115*F, 46*C). Never had a single problem.

BUT, I couldn't imagine leaving a horse completely sealed up in a trailer with no airflow. That, to me, just makes no sense at all.
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post #16 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks smrobs!

As I think I mentioned.. I don't think i have ever seen a slat trailer here!

This is very strange weather for us, and has lasted almost three weeks with a few ups and downs. Friday was the worst at 42oC.. in the shade.

If the horse is used to the weather (unlike our poor creatures who currently slug around and snooze) then that is also another thing. Normally we get max of 30oC in the summer, maybe one or two days of 34oC

That is a big problem with the style of trailers, and the age of in some cases. Also, having two horses packed in.

A few brought big summer umbrella and water, chairs for themselves and sat by the horses at the side of the trailer between classes.. that was a brilliant idea. But the fools who compete, lock their horses in the trailer and then go and watch and shop for hours after waiting for the big classes need their heads examining.
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post #17 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 09:36 AM
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I can't stand seeing horses loaded all day in trailers. Big show barns around here that do the 1 day provincial shows leave the trailers unattended with 5-6 horses in them. Sure there are vents, but I'm pretty sure it gets quite uncomfortable for them. Then the riders unload whichever horse they need, do a quick 10 minute warmup and head straight into the ring for 4 o/f and an u/s. Just crazy.
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post #18 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 10:22 AM
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I don't see what's wrong with having your horse in the trailer at a show? Personally, if it's that hot I wouldn't be competing the horse full stop, but I certainly wouldn't leave a horse tied up outside a trailer unattended. My last horse has a terrible reputation when I bought him because his previous owner would tie him to the trailer and then disappear to get numbers/check rings/walk courses and he would break off and run riot. I never once left that horse unattended unless he was secure in a trailer or lorry, and he was absolutely fine. I wouldn't change that method at all. So yes, if I had a long wait between classes etc the horse would go back in the trailer, with ramps up but top doors open so they can see out and get a breeze. However, if it was so hot as to be uncomfortable for the horse in the trailer, I'd be going home - if I'd even gone out in the first place.
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post #19 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 10:52 AM
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I took both my horses to the vet last month. It was about 103° and humidity was around 75%. Within ten minutes, they were soaked with sweat and their hot breath mixed with the humidity made the trailer a sauna for them. I had to pull them out and put them in a paddock. So no, I would not leave my horse in the trailer. And no, I would not leave him tied unattended either.
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post #20 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 10:56 AM
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This topic depends on the situation that the horses and people involved are in. There is no clear yes it's okay or no it's not okay.
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