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"We frown at leaving dogs and kids in cars, but we can leave a horse in a trailer"

Fairly accurate.

The girl who I am loaning from invited me along to a competition yesterday. She was competing on her mare. We have had some scorching heat recently, very untypical and two legged and four legged alike are struggling.

Her test was at 1130, and we left before the heat set in.

However, her father made the rather accurate point that there is huge fusses about leaving dogs and children in cars, but we are okay to leave horses in trailers- before or after competing- for hours at a time.

I did point out that horses can sweat, where as dogs can't. Just curious to hear what people have to say and what measures they take to prevent horses over heating.

Friday was 42oC in the shade, and both the jumping and dressage parking had very little shade to offer. There were still competitors on this day.

Yesterday hit 36oC and the show was only really getting underway as we were leaving.
 

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If I am trailing in the heat, I simply go as soon as the horses are in the trailer. If I have to make a stop, I make it as quick as I possibly can. If I can't make it quick I skip it and wait until another time.
This might be habit from having rabbits, but on super hot days, if there is no shade where I am at (once we've unloaded) I use a spray bottle and mist them down some. Not sure if that actually helps or not.

Fresh water.. if thy aren't a big drinker I cut up apples/carrots and put them in the water. They generally get a mouthful trying to get the treats.
 

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I don't show and I don't leave my horses on the trailer longer than need be, but I do see one major difference.

Most of the high temperatues you see in cars comes from all the glass (think green house effect) and closed up windows, or windows only cracked open - cause you can't leave them fully open or fluffy might jump out.

Most horse trailes are no where near as closed up as a car and don't have the glass, thus have better air flow without the green house effect. Stock trailers of course are nice and airy, but even most other horse trailers have windows that can be opened wide and vents with little fear of the horse getting out.
 

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Fluffy might jump out.. Haha I like that!

I have never really seen slant trailers here. All I know are the enclosed ones with a small jockey door. A lot of them yesterday also left the back door up.. So not as much free flowing air!

Some of the horses were visibally upset. One in particular was kicking at the sides and covered in sweat. People were trying to find the owners.

Like I said, I don't compete. This was more curiosity as to what people do and how they cope and views on it.
 

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I don't understand why anyone would keep their trailer closed up like that on a hot day. Even my 2-horse straight that can be practically sealed tight for the winter can be opened up to offer plenty of ventilation and most trailers I've seen have options to allow air flow. To decide to keep it closed up like that is just ignorance and stupidity on the owner's part.
 

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Ditto on the glass thing. Park your car and trailer in the sun on a hot day for a few hours, then go into each one in turn. Guarantee the car will be a LOT hotter than the trailer. Personally, I wouldnt leave a horse tied to a trailer unattended, so horse goes in the trailer whenever I'm not there. Back would be up, but top doors open, same on front ramp. If it is so hot that they are struggling in a trailer with the top doors open, then I wouldn't be competing them.
 

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My trailer gets a very good breeze through it while driving.I unload my horses immediately when I get to a show and I never put them back in the trailer until I'm ready to leave. They stand tied like good horses and don't need to be stuck in the trailer. If they didn't stand well, they wouldn't go to the show.
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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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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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Thats ridiculous, especially the unloading part. I really question if you have trailered a horse anywhere. Horses get trailered all over the country every day without issue. opem some windows. They're fine. And you dang sure shouldnt unload on the side of a highway so you can take a bathroom break.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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