Transporting horses, or any other animal for that matter, comes with certain difficulties. Whether you’re planning on a long or short journey, it’s important to know what you can do to make it a safe and comfortable experience for the horses. Today we’ll discuss a few tips to make this task easier for you, and more pleasant for your traveling companions.
The matter at hand can sometimes be even more delicate if the horses are not accustomed to traveling. It’s important to have the proper means of transport, in this case a horse trailer might be your best option. If carrying more than one horse at a time, each should have a separation and enough space, proper ventilation and nonslip flooring.
Making the Horses Feel Safe
If you’re traveling for the first time you should allow the animals to get accustomed to the trailer first. Never force a horse inside a trailer; your priority is to make the experience as normal and stress-free as possible in order to avoid harming your horses. Here are some tips on what to do if a horse refuses to board the trailer.
Another thing that must be taken into account is the traveling distance, since horses can become dehydrated due to stress and high temperatures you need to provide enough food and water. If you’re preparing for a long trip (say, more than 4 hours) it’s recommended to stop every 3 hours or so to check on the horses and even allow them to stretch for a bit if necessary. Remove any manure and urine at the same intervals.
Special Equipment When Transporting Horses
Some owners choose to provide extra safety to the horses by using protective equipment on the head, legs and tail. There are many options to choose from, but if you go that route, make sure to let the horses get used to the equipment beforehand or else you will only be adding more stress on top of a scenario that can be scary and stressful by itself.
Depending on the weather you might need to throw a blanket over the horses to keep them warm if traveling under extreme temperatures.
To be honest, there are many things that can go wrong when transporting horses, but if you plan beforehand, have the necessary equipment at hand and exercise caution and patience, it’s possible to have a safe trip for everyone involved.
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