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post #11 of 18 Old 10-25-2014, 05:35 PM
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Originally Posted by ridingintherayne View Post
was planning to feed them grass, I little water soaked bran-ceral for water, and I have straw on the ground so they don't step in their pee.
I presume you're talking just for the travel? Why the soaked bran? Is that in case they won't drink? I'd probably skip that if there's not burning need. It's only a few hours(or is it 7 one way? In which case I'd give them a break half way & provide feed & water then).

one of the foals may try to lay down in my two-horse trailer. Could this happen?? Also, my trailer divider is only about 10HH high.
Yes, it's a long, tiring trip for them, and their first, and if they're in bad condition... it is indeed possible they will lie/fall down. You will need to remove the divider if it's not solid(I'd remove it anyway), because if one goes down & comes up under it... doesn't matter if they're bigger than 10hh! If there is a front 'divider' to prevent them getting right up the front, make sure they can't possibly get under that too. Block it off with something solid if necessary.

I'd also ensure rough, grippy footing for them, not straw on flat rubber or such, that can be slippery. I wouldn't tie them either. Aside from not knowing what training they've had, I do not hard tie any horse in a float anyway - seen too much damage from that practice, esp if one falls over, but babies also have soft, 'green' bones & joints that are easily damaged, so I wouldn't hard tie a youngster at all, particularly not in a trailer. If you have a solid tailgate, or can do up the top of the back door, so there's no escape route too - be terrible to have one try to jump out.

I wasn't going to give him any foal grain, I heard that can have some bad effects.
Yeah, grain/high starch feed is not generally great for horses, so start off the youngsters on a healthy diet. Hay/grazing, and an appropriate nutritional supp to balance their diets. You don't want to 'grow them up' too quickly, but you don't want them being deficient either.

Please I need tips on everything and anything foal! But what I don't need is negative comments, just help.
Only 'negative comment' is with regard to you not wanting to hear any of that! If you don't want to hear what people may think is a problem, only want to hear good stuff, you won't be getting very objective opinions.

I would get a good equine vet on hand, as you'll want them checked out when you get them, but also to ensure you have a reliable one when needed. Ensure also that your farrier/the farrier is quiet & gentle with foals too - as mentioned, green bones are easily damaged, and fighting with feet is one thing that can do damage. They'll likely need hoofcare ASAP & then frequently for a few trims, if they've been neglected, before you settle into a routine.
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I disagree about not having straw on the floor on top of rubber matting. I have travelled foals for many miles and always have a good deep, at least a foot, of straw and have found that most will at one point of a long trip, lie down.
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Oh I wasn't thinking about deep bedding to lie on, but I've seen some people sprinkle a little hay or straw, on the premise of it being less slippery - that doesn't work.
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Another tip towards getting them to load is to put straw on the ground and the ramp.

Loosie, I always bed deep for foals. I often had long journeys with them to and from the studs. I got caught in a four hour traffic jam once (that was more than enough) when I looked in the back all the foals were lying down, the mares were standing patiently.
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As the others have said, yes, the foals will lay down. Make sure there is nothing sticking out that could hurt them or impale them. I hear alot of horror stories about horses getting killed in the trailer, but something sticking out, or breaking enroute, and impaling them.

Also, as said, your trailer MUST be completely enclosed, so they do not panic and try to jump out. Even the tiniest space can trap a small hoof and break a leg.

Also make sure then there is no where for their hooves to get caught when they are laying down, no place to acidentally wedge them in and get stuck.
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So I presume they're home now OP? Update?
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Thank you all for the tips! Domino Effect & Kings Ransom are now safely home!
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you could also put a few bales of shavings in the trailer. it will be soft and cushy, and not get slick.
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