HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU NEED OVERNIGHT STABLING WHILE TRAVELLING?
(1) Is your horse accustomed to travelling and comfortable in the trailer? We had 2 aged geldings that were both very used to travelling. We trailered them together at least a couple times a month for one to four hours at a time. They were absolutely relaxed in the trailer - and our trailer maintains a nice temperature and has a thick matte on the floor. These 2 guys were in very good physical condition and quiet travellers. We have trailered them up to 10 hours without stopping.
• Vaccination records from your vet
• EWT/Flu and Strangles
• Coggins & Vacc. within 1 year
• Vaccinations at least 2 weeks old
• Last deworming date / chemical
• Within 6 weeks
*** NO HORSE will be accepted with a snotty nose, gunky eyes or obviously depressed regardless of previous arrangements ***
12 x 12 Stall with one bag fresh shavings, Feed pan & water bucket disinfected. Ask about turn out.
(2) When do YOU need a break?
(3) Will your horse drink or urinate on the trailer?
Most horses won't urinate on the trailer. Mine will, but he still doesn't prefer it. You really get that "bad parent" feeling when your horse can't wait to get off and stops to flood the ground one foot away from the ramp! Most horses also won't drink when offered while travelling. You can feed electrolytes a few days before travelling to try to help this. But if your horse won't drink at least 5 gallons during a day of travel, you may need to stop and let him chill out overnight.