Transporting Horses Safely

Horses require special attention when transporting and it’s important to know what precautions to take when transporting your horse. Even the calmest of horses can become agitated when the loading process begins, and some grow weary the minute they see the transport trailer.

Some horses can experience dehydration, weakening of immune functions, and even exhaustion from being transported.

Due to the size of a horse, it is important to make sure there is adequate room for a horse to stand, enough air for the horse to breathe, and enough food and drink to last them the trip. If the transport trip you are taking is long, you should also be making sure that you are planning stops as needed.

Before, during, and after transporting a horse it is important to do what you can to lower their stress levels and make the process as smooth as possible.

If you are crossing state lines, make sure you have the horse’s vaccine information and ownership paperwork.

Keep your horse untied, or on a relatively long tie, during transport. A horse should be able to lower their head below their shoulder. A horse that is untied or tied on a long tie is less likely to suffer respiratory stress from the travel.

You should also make sure the trailer is clean and clutter free.

Any pathogens from dried manure can compromise a horse’s respiratory system that can be weakened from the stress of the transport. Make sure you are checking vital signs throughout the trip.

Make sure air can circulate well throughout the trailer.

Stagnant air, exhaust fumes, and excessive heat may cause health problems for your horse.

After the transport, you should give your horse a week of rest and do your best to not cause stress.

A horse has to recover from the physical and mental stress of a transport.

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