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post #31 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 03:38 PM
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We generally try to avoid leaving our horses in a trailer (unless an emergency occurs) when the temperature is above 80-85 degrees (depends on the humidity). Iowa is very humid in the summer, and can be a complete nightmare to walk in, let alone stand in. We have a big, fairly airy stock trailer that we use to transport horses in. One time (a day of about 85 degrees; very pleasant at the time) we loaded 3 of them up and took them 20 miles away to the lake. It took all of 20 minutes to get there. They were all 3 completely COVERED in sweat, and very uncomfortable when we got them out.

This past 4th of July I saw someone put 4 horses in their stock trailer after the morning parade, and leave them there for 2 & 1/2 hours. They had been squeezed in there, as it should have been a 2 horse trailer only. Very, very little airflow, high humidity, 100 degree temps, and not even parked under a tree for shade. Those poor horses looked miserable, and I called the police on them. The police took an hour to find the driver/owner, and he was going to let them stay there all day until the fireworks were over (10 p.m.). He showed a total lack of interest in his animals' well-being, and was mad that he had to take them home and come back (it was a good 5 hours before the fireworks at this point).

So many people around my area do this without even thinking of the conditions. Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Rode hard and put up wet."

And I know of some people that tie their horses to the outside of their trailers as well. Yes, your horse may get hot there as well. But if you angle your trailer correctly, eventually the trailer will provide some shade to your horse. That's what we do, and it works great.
I've also seen horses refuse to enter a trailer again after having to stand in it, in the heat. You might create more problems than it's worth.
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post #32 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 10:04 PM
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Having a good friend that is pro-rodeoing and going with her on some weekends, I will have to say at some of the venues leaving them in the trailer is the best.
Many places that have pro-shows don't have dirt lots with shade trees. So your choice is to leave them in the trailer with all the windows down or rent a port-a-stall that is no cooler. Many places don't have dirt lots and if you do tie your horses to the trailer it is on the asphalt parking lot. When traveling and not staying overnight, my friend takes the horses out to hand walk, water and take them to a warm up pen to let them walk around and roll. They are perfectly happy to stand in the trailer.
As for myself, our horses look at the trailer the same way most horses look at the barn. It is where they get unsaddled and don't have to work-it means the day is over! :)
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post #33 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 11:14 PM
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I would never leave a horse in the float here but that is mainly because I know how some of the internal structure of a horse. A horse needs to be able to get its head down to clear mucus from their airways. this can not happen in a float due to its head being tied in a high position. if a horse is tied outside it has a much greater range of movement
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post #34 of 42 Old 08-05-2013, 11:40 PM
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We always tied our horses up to the outside of the trailer. Someone stayed with the horses and if no one could then we took them all over with us. It gave them the time to stretch their legs and usually there was some shade somewhere. When we went on trail rides we left them in the trailer for a while because of lack of eyes before we tacked up and headed out but always made sure to give them water after they got out (it was kinda hot then). I've also made pit stops with people and horses to get food and always made sure that there was plenty of air and that we weren't gone for to long. When it was really hot and we went to shows our trainer always had the horses hooked to the outside of the trailer and always provided them with plenty of water at regular intervals. I wouldn't leave a horse in a trailer for too long because if they decide to act up there's really nothing to prevent an accident without someone being hurt.
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post #35 of 42 Old 08-06-2013, 01:20 AM
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I have lived in houses without air conditioning, now I live in a house trailer without air conditioning. 14 ft wide by 65 ft long, a few small windows, none that open in the rear third at all. It is very much different than a house. Once it heats up during the day, it is far, far, hotter than outside. And does not cool off well in the evening either as compared to a brick or wood house.

Could withstand the heat in a house without air much better, complain but manage in 90*, 97% humidity with just fans. While on an 80-85* high humidity late afternoon in the trailer would be dizzy, nauseous, passing out.

Have small window air conditioners in three rooms now, turn them on early if forecast is over 75*. They can't keep up, nothing pleasant about being in a trailer in the heat, or the cold for that matter.

Don't know how one might relate this to the thread, but as for me I would choose shade and airflow over a trailer standing in the sun. Maybe a trailer parked in the shade? Maybe forced air through the trailer would help, either that or make it into a convection oven.
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post #36 of 42 Old 08-06-2013, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by cakemom View Post
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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Horses are perfectly fine being hauled for 4 or more hours, depending on how much you have to fuel and go to bathroom yourself.

And getting your horses out in unsafe areas is foolish. I see people do this at rest areas and always wonder at their brain power. Maybe they get a kick out of having a horse to walk around? I don't know but considering the murders and robberies and rapes that happen at a rest area, I think it is beyond ignorant.

And pretty easy to get your horse hurt if someone does get after you too, as I doubt they will give you time to call for someone to come get your horse that has run off while you are being murdered.

The joys of trying to load a horse that has decided to not get back in trailer is always much more fun at truck stop or the side of the rest area too.

And anyone who thinks even a stock trailer that is fairly open is not miserable in the heat, needs to stand in one for about an hour. Air does not circulate down low enough to help the horses out if temp is high, nor do they sweat enough to compensate for the heat.

This being loaded, or left in a hot trailer that has been in the sun for a while, is exactly why many horses develop loading issues after they have been hauled a couple of times.

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post #37 of 42 Old 08-06-2013, 02:42 PM
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When were pulling the trailer we stop every 3-4 hours and will give them water, change out hay bags or let them out to wall for a few and then. load up again and go.

When were parked the horses are usually tied on the outside with a hay bag and bucket of water each if there gonna be there for any amount of time.

We have left the horses in the trailer over night before. We had a big stick trailer and three horses so we just closed the dividers and left them free on each section. The ranch we were at ran out of stalls and we were not allowed to high line or make portable stalls :/ stupidest thing ever.

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post #38 of 42 Old 08-06-2013, 02:46 PM
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My trailer is really quite well ventilated and on most except the hottest days, I find it's cooler standing in it than outside.
Not to say I'd keep a horse in there for extended periods, but I have found that sometimes it is cooler inside than out with my trailer.
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post #39 of 42 Old 08-06-2013, 02:53 PM
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We have an open stock trailer and the only horses we leave inside are the minis, because they're too tiny to safely tie outside. The big horses get tied outside with hay bags/nets and frequently offered water.
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post #40 of 42 Old 08-06-2013, 04:12 PM
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What is the difference of tying your horse to a trailer or leaving them in cross ties for extended periods?

If you can't leave your horse tied to the trailer, then the horse would be better off inside. I personally would rather have them tied outside but if I'm worried that they will pull back or spook, I would put them in the trailer.

You have to know your horse. I know mine are fine being tied so I have no issue leaving them for a bit.

As for leaving them in while hauling, you should keep stops as short as possible. Leaving them in the trailer is better than unloading and reloading. We have unloaded our horses at a rest stop when we went across the state, which took most of the day. Again, I know our horses and they will reload without issue. If I was unsure, like with a new horse, I wouldn't have.

Not every situation is the same. There is no right or wrong answer for all cases. Sometimes one way is more ideal than the other. Sometimes people will choose what we think is wrong.
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