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post #21 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 11:08 AM
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I don't think horses should be left in a sitting trailer, even if the windows are open. The heat WILL still build up. (The horses themselves are 1,000 pound heaters.) When the trailer is sitting still, there is no airflow unless you've got a very, very strong wind. There's only airflow when you are moving down the highway with the trailer.

Think of how small the windows are in a trailer, when you look at the trailer as a whole. Doesn't matter if it is a stock trailer or a slant trailer with drop down windows. You are not going to have good air flow when the trailer is just sitting there.

And as someone already pointed out, go stand in your own trailer for 10 minutes. If it's warm in there for you (at a measley 100 to 200 pounds with plenty of room to move around) think of how hot it would be for your large horse in tight quarters for a couple hours.

My horses are the last thing to go onto my trailer when we leave to go to a show (or go home) and they are the very first thing to be unloaded the instant we arrive at a show (or get home). I keep their comfort in front of my own. They're the ones who have to perform.
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post #22 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 11:36 AM
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Whenever I show my horse, I get a stall for him. If I didn't, I would leave him tied to the trailer, not inside it. The latter just seems uncomfortable and unnecessary.
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post #23 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 11:59 AM
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I'm fortunate that in my area it rarely gets very hot (we start complaining when it hits about 85 degrees ) On top of that, my trailer is a very open and airy light-colored stock-style trailer and I only have the one horse, so I wouldn't hesitate to leave my horse in there between classes if I were at a show.

But, if I ever went into the trailer and noticed it being hotter than the ambient environment, I wouldn't be keeping my horse in there like that. I'd either find somewhere cooler to keep him or head home.
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post #24 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 12:15 PM
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I don't think horses should be left in a sitting trailer, even if the windows are open. The heat WILL still build up. (The horses themselves are 1,000 pound heaters.) When the trailer is sitting still, there is no airflow unless you've got a very, very strong wind. There's only airflow when you are moving down the highway with the trailer.

Think of how small the windows are in a trailer, when you look at the trailer as a whole. Doesn't matter if it is a stock trailer or a slant trailer with drop down windows. You are not going to have good air flow when the trailer is just sitting there.

And as someone already pointed out, go stand in your own trailer for 10 minutes. If it's warm in there for you (at a measley 100 to 200 pounds with plenty of room to move around) think of how hot it would be for your large horse in tight quarters for a couple hours.

My horses are the last thing to go onto my trailer when we leave to go to a show (or go home) and they are the very first thing to be unloaded the instant we arrive at a show (or get home). I keep their comfort in front of my own. They're the ones who have to perform.
Ok, the talk of small windows, are you guys talking about different kinds of trailers? My trailer looks like this:

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So with top doors open front and back you get a decent airflow. Plus horse can stick head out over the front door.

Plus, in Scotland, it's always windy. And our recent heat wave topped at 28 degrees Celsius on my car thermometer, so I guess our temperatures don't really compare either.

I would still always leave mine in the trailer.

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Yeah, here we hit 100 with 90% humidity, it's just gross I tell ya!
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post #26 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 02:39 PM
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I went to the show once on quite a hot day (when it's too hot most shows are cancelled around here). All I can say it was much cooler inside the trailer then outside so I stayed there with the horse while waiting for results. And many people prefer to keep a horse in while waiting (for results, talking, etc.).

My trailer is slant with the open spaces in back door, and I keep windows and vents open (so there is a nice breeze inside when I'm driving, and even when it's parked).




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post #27 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 02:45 PM
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Around here, at least, almost all the trailers I see are white, which means they're not going to heat up nearly as much from the sun as something dark would - say a bay horse standing in the sun.
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post #28 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 02:57 PM
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I don't haul often but if I did, I sure wouldn't leave a horse standing in a trailer all day, irregardless of the temperature. I sure wouldn't want to stand in there all day.
The one time I did haul and broke down, I did take my horse out and hand graze him while we waited for another truck and trailer to come get him.
I've had horses hauled up from California and South Dakota and they don't always get layover stops, especially with a mixed load of stallions/mares. Everyone showed up looking fit as a fiddle, even after a three day trip from California. Snow scared the crap out of him and he had to be blanketed right up - I think that was a worse change then the trailer ride!
100km/hr winds will considerably lower the interior temperature of a moving trailer.
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post #29 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, the talk of small windows, are you guys talking about different kinds of trailers? My trailer looks like this:

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So with top doors open front and back you get a decent airflow. Plus horse can stick head out over the front door.

Plus, in Scotland, it's always windy. And our recent heat wave topped at 28 degrees Celsius on my car thermometer, so I guess our temperatures don't really compare either.

I would still always leave mine in the trailer.
The Ifor are brilliant. But the German trailers do t have the front door, nor windows that are so large and or open so wide. The small plastic clear section is generally the only part that opens!
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post #30 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 03:20 PM
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I wouldn't leave a horse in a trailer for hours on a hot day - maybe a short time if I really felt the need but if they've worked hard then they deserve to get home, cleaned down and relax
A lot would depend on how hot it is. Any breeze coming through a stationary trailer isn't going to be much cooler than the air outside even in the shade most trailers are metal these days and metal heats up better than anything. Try sitting in a parked car on a really hot day even with all the windows open and you'd soon be screaming for A/C. Even in a large wooden barn with all the windows and doors open and fans on my horses have been sweaty some days
When we did the bigger shows in the UK where there was stuff going on all day that we wanted to watch we used to book a stable on the grounds for the day. Its rarely anything like as hot there anyway.
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