Transporting horses can be stressful. There are so many things to consider, prepare for, and avoid to make the trip comfortable, convenient and safe for both you and your horse. Horses, no matter how agile and strong on their feet, can be giddy and uncomfortable in a moving vehicle. It takes experience, training, and even some mistakes before you and your horse get the hang of this whole traveling thing. And even then, the most experienced with well set up horse floats for sale Tasmania, can still end up with a bad experience over a supposedly small setback.
One of the most effective ways we’ve found in preventing horse traveling mishaps is to identify common problems that happen when travelling and know what to do to treat/solve them or to avoid them altogether.
Common Problems When Transporting Horses
- Horse float servicing. Horse floats require regular servicing just like your vehicle. Problems occur when owners make the assumption that because it has no motor, it doesn’t require a regular service. Choose the best horse floats for sale you can and service it regularly – you won’t need nearly as much servicing as your vehicle would and usually at no where near the same cost.
- Stressed out horse. Horse stress due to traveling is a broad condition and can be caused by a ton of things. It can also manifest in different ways, some are obvious while others won’t show up until after the trip has commenced. The most common reason for horse stress is physical and mental discomfort. Make sure your horse does not feel forced into the float and that you carry familiar item inside (i.e. favorite treats, usual feed, blanket/cushion, etc).
- Fatigue. If you’ve ever been on a really long road trip, you know how physically exhausting it gets. Imagine standing up for more than five hours in a moving vehicle and you’ll know how horses feel. Plan regular stop overs!
- Dehydration. Dehydration can be particularly dangerous to horses because it can lead to tons of other conditions including refusal to eat or drink. Make sure you keep your horse hydrated and stop for water at least every few hours. Emergency electrolytes are also recommended to keep in the first aid kit.
- Temperature problems. Keep temperatures inside the horse floats for sale Victoria in check during more than usual heat or cold. If you’re traveling in the summer, don’t just keep drinking water in check, find time to stop and wash your horse’s body to relieve of heat. If it’s too cold, travel with the appropriate rugs.
Save your horses from the many risks that come with horse transportation. Keep these common problems in check and contact your veterinarian for tips!