Horse Transport - Long Distance Hauls!
They build slant load horse trailers, but that does not mean they expect you to haul a horse from San Diego to Maine in a slant load. Yet most small transport companies do just that. The horse is tied, has no room to move, cannot lower his head, and only gets to drink when water is offered. That is the way the transporter fits the most horses in his rig. And that is the way he can offer a low price.
Unfortunately, the LOW PRICE thing wins them a lot of business. People simply have no clue. They will pay lots of money for a horse on the other side of the country and then use the low cost carrier to bring the horse to them. I know because I did this for six years. I was Not the low cost guy. But people soon learned I was doing it the right way.
- First and foremost your horse should have a box stall about 7’ x 10’. Most haulers would have two horses in this space.
- Paste your horse with a good pro-biotic and an electrolyte the first night. He will eat and drink and you will be merry as a result.
- The horse should have full access to water. I used to set a 30 gallon tub on the floor and fill it with about 20 gallons of water. If the water splashes out you are not driving safely, so it is a good check.
can use a typical hay bag that hangs, or put a second tub on the floor for
hay. A horse needs to lower his
head for good respiration. Do Not Feed Grain!
- Clean shavings should cover the floor and be changed every two days.
- The horse can sleep in the box stall and it is better to take extra time and stop every night and let the horse rest. The idea of two drivers and keep on moving is common but hard on the horse. There are studies that prove this point.
- Unload your horse every other night at a Horse Hotel:
- I usually get a paddock so the horse can exercise. This enables you to keep the horse on board the next night without him bouncing around in his box with cabin fever. When the horse sleeps in the trailer so should you. This enables you to know if the horse is stressed out .
- Make sure you have good ventilation in the trailer
- Trailer tires should have a minimum of Load Range E and be at least 10 ply. The government allows a tire to be labeled Load Range E and not be 10 ply if the tire has certain materials. Do not trust that. Get 10 ply or better.
- Of course check each box for the slightest thing the horse could find to hurt himself. Even a small exposed screw can hurt the horse if he insists on rubbing it.
- When you stop for fuel or to eat, check the condition of the horse(s) and the availability of water. Many truck stops do not offer potable water to freshen your supply. Flying J is the only one that does at most locations.
I am not going in to the truck. I left my dealer keep my truck in tip top condition. You do not want a load of horses in the Mojave Desert with transmission fluid leaking on the ground. Be sure your truck is in top quality condition.