"What is your best tip for traveling with horses?"
L from Viva Carlos asks us what our must dos/ must haves for when we travel with our four-hooved partner. This blog hop comes quite timely, as Summer-time brings an influx of shows all around the region, where hundreds of horsey enthusiasts haul to compete for a chance at winning pretty ribbons, money, or exclusive bragging rights.
|Bringing Suzie 13hrs home.|
My best tip is to check over the trailer FULLY. I do not own a trailer, and therefore rely on borrowing off of horsey friends. So, inspecting the trailer fully before departing is something I do not rush and I certainly do not take for granted that the trailer is "fine".
Mentally, I run over a check-list that is similar to this:
- Check that all the lights work including the "stop" lights.
- Ensure all connections are working and trailer is hitched up properly (no chains dragging, etc).
- Inspect floor mats, windows, doors to check for damage, defectiveness, etc.
- Make sure the trailer is insured (you'd think this would be a dead give away!)
- Ensure that the brakes are working properly.
- Check the tires to make sure they are inflated properly.
- Let someone know where you are going so if you run into trouble (flat tire) they can come lend a hand.
|Trailer, trailer, in the mirror...|
I, for one, haul horses with minimal gear. Suzie goes in the trailer with just a halter and lead. Nothing else. She doesn't need shipping boots on (and I swear I've seen more problems with shipping boots than I have seen without), she certainly doesn't need a poll-guard (although I can see how that would be useful if you have a horse who likes to slam his head around), and I do not tie a hay-net inside (just asking for a disaster!). We haul 15 min - an hour maximum and I have no concern for her legs stocking up or her being uncomfortable. To me, it is more about the trailer than it is about the horse.
If your trailer is in good, working order, your horse shouldn't be coming out with scrapes, bruises, bumps and cuts. Of course, it also depends on if your horse is a complete wacko in the trailer, and in that case, taking certain precautionary measures is always recommended!
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