Reducing the Stress of the Horse During Transport

Just because your horse is a highly mobile animal doesn’t mean it can adapt well to the way you transport them. Putting them straight into the horse float without doing any anticipatory measures will scare or stress them. And stress is not a good thing for horses. It’s responsible for triggering their “fight or flight” mechanism which leads to a raft of avoidable problems.It’s also one of the root causes of equine health issues, as stress negatively affects immunity, digestion, behaviour, and the cardiovascular system. Due to stress, horses may be affected by any number of problems such as ulcers or colic. As a provider of quality horse floats, it’s our responsibility to give you indispensable tips that will help you take care of your precious horse during transport.

Familiarise. Familiarise, Familiarise!

If your horse hasn’t; been on a float, or it’s been a long time, take some time to familiarise your horse with the float well before your trip. Start while they’re young. When horses are trained to adapt to transport, you will be surprised at how they will respond to you once you load and confine them in a float. If you need a professional to help you early on, invest in this. It’s important to make sure your horse’s first exposure to the float is a pleasant one. If you can get use of a trusty travel companion, they’re worth their weight in gold as they give the youngster added confidence.

If it’s been a while between trips, start exposing them to the float several weeks prior to your anticipated trip. The last thing you want is a stressed horse as a result of having had a fight to get him loaded, before your trip even starts.

Choose the Right Float

It’s your job as to ensure the comfort of your horse. Be sure that you’re going to use a float that suits the animal’s size and temperament. See to it that it’s clean, well ventilated, and the horse can move and raise and lower his head. Check out our selection of floats to see what you need.

Plan the Route

The longer the route, the harder it will be for the horse. With this, you need to plan the route, make it shorter, and avoid any distractions along the way. Check the weather forecast to avoid high temperatures – If you have to leave early in the morning, do so. Hot horses get stressed and stress has a negative impact on their health and mental well being. Not to mention your performance at shows.

Transporting a horse is a crucial activity, as the animal itself is precious and is a form of investment. Follow these tips and consult a reliable veterinarian if need be. When it comes to horse floats and certain transport needs, contact us and we’ll be more than willing to help you choose the right one.