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post #1 of 12 Old 08-07-2017, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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I am in the process of purchasing a colt. I put a deposit on the colt when it was 1 month old and have been working with it every weekend. Plan to move it to my house here in Hawaii where I have 1 acre of grass pasture and have built an run in shelter. The colt is currently with its mother and is doing well. He will lead and we just trimmed his hooves this past weekend with no issues. He is calm and can be touched all over with no issues. We plan to trailer him about 40 miles in a month to move him, at which time he will be 4 months old. He will be with his mother until moved. I have an experienced horseman willing to trailer the colt. This horseman does not think we should prepare the colt by loading and unloading the colt before the move in one month. The horseman says he will just load him on. The farrier that did the trimming also says the horse will do ok to just load him on. I have worked with other farriers in the past and I was impressed with the one that did the colt's hooves. I am a little hesitant as I do not want him injured. Seeing it is his first trailer ride and he will also be weaned, I see it as high stress. So please provide some advice on these issues. As far as my background, I raised cows since I was 6 on a farm in PA and have been training and riding horses since I was 10. I have been out of horses and ponies for 20 years now as my ponies and horses died of old age. Now looking to get back into horses with my kids. I did raise and train a colt (it was gelded at about 2 years old) but we only trailered the horse once when we moved and that was many years ago.
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are you on the Big Island? none of my business, actually. just curious.

so, he will not be weaned when you put him on trailer? traveling without his dam?
or, did I misunderstand, and he WILL have been weaned prior to trailering.
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Will the person doing the hauling load him & his dam and then drop him at your place and just take his dam home? Loading an unweaned, untrailered 4 mo old colt is just an disaster waiting to happen, IMO. If you can load his dam and haul her to your place and they can return her home, it will be a lot less stressful and dramatic.

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post #4 of 12 Old 08-07-2017, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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are you on the Big Island? none of my business, actually. just curious.

so, he will not be weaned when you put him on trailer? traveling without his dam?
or, did I misunderstand, and he WILL have been weaned prior to trailering.
I am on Oahu. I live on North Shore. The plan for the moment is that he will not be weaned and will not travel with his dam. I do not think it sounds like a good idea either, yet two experienced horseman have said they do not see a problem. I come here for more input, thanks.
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Will the person doing the hauling load him & his dam and then drop him at your place and just take his dam home? Loading an unweaned, untrailered 4 mo old colt is just an disaster waiting to happen, IMO. If you can load his dam and haul her to your place and they can return her home, it will be a lot less stressful and dramatic.
This could be the method used. The dam apparently trailers ok and in fact rode a boat from California to Hawaii a few years ago.
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This could be the method used. The dam apparently trailers ok and in fact rode a boat from California to Hawaii a few years ago.
That's how I would do it. Otherwise you're going to have one very frantic colt screaming and jumping around in that trailer and finding all kinds of ways to hurt himself. I would insist on it, if they aren't going to wean and trailer train. I start working with all of mine, loading, unloading, going for rides, as babies. Can't even imagine what a mess it would be to just shove one in and slam the door.

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Another question on the trailering. Do you tie the horse or colt in the trailer or is the animal loose?
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-07-2017, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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That's how I would do it. Otherwise you're going to have one very frantic colt screaming and jumping around in that trailer and finding all kinds of ways to hurt himself. I would insist on it, if they aren't going to wean and trailer train. I start working with all of mine, loading, unloading, going for rides, as babies. Can't even imagine what a mess it would be to just shove one in and slam the door.
Thanks, I agree with you, and that is what my gut feeling is telling me would happen. A few years ago here on Oahu a horse got out of a open top horse trailer and wound up in the middle of a highway and met its death. After that a law was passed that closed trailer tops must be used to transport horses.
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Another question on the trailering. Do you tie the horse or colt in the trailer or is the animal loose?
I tie the mother but leave the foal loose the first few times I trailer. They need to be able to move around to learn how to balance. Here's a link to a thread I started last month, it's about loading and getting ready to trailer a yearling to the trainer's and how I am very lucky to still be sitting here talking to folks. https://www.horseforum.com/horse-trai...killed-764641/

Anything can and will happen.

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Just wanted to update the outcome. I tried to work out a way for the mom to ride with the colt in the trailer, however that did not work out. The hualer assured me everything would be ok. The trailering did go fine. The colt was tied in the trailer however the halter came off twice and then the colt was left loose in the trailer. The colt was calm during the trailering. We got him to my house and he seemed calm and unloaded well. The seller stayed with him for an hour to make sure all was well. We had him in a 12 foot by 12 foot Nobel Panel 5 foot high stall that was located under my 16 foot by 16 foot shelter. Everyone had left and I stayed with the colt for 30 minutes and then went to get a bucket of water. Gone for 2 minutes and on return I see the colt ram the 400 lb Nobel stall and shift it 1 foot (stall on dirt). Then the colt reared up, legs on upper rail and jumped out of the stall. The colt now was loose in the 1/2 acre pasture. The fence in this area is not the best and some only 4 feet tall. If the colt got out of this area, he would have headed to the jungle mountains and surely be gone. I called the seller and asked if she would head back and help. We just watched the colt and let him run and tried to prevent him from trying to leave the pasture. After 5 minutes he slowly walked back into the stall and I slowly closed the gate. Owner showed up and I boarded up the gate area to prevent jumping again. I also enclosed the stall with T-11 plywood to give the stall a calming effect, still with plenty of light and ventilation in the top area. The plywood also prevented the colt from trying to jump the other stall panel sides. After 24 hours the colt seems to have forgotten about his mom. I can let him go in the 1/2 acre pasture and he is fine. He is doing very well. He did get a small cut from a bolt when he jumped the gate. Nobel panel worked great and very well made. Things could have turned out a lot worse.
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