Horse Transport Tips

Horse Transport Tips

When you own a horse for any decent length of time, sooner or later horse transport tips will come in handy. It could be a vet appointment, a competition, training. The reasons are varied. Whether you transport them yourself or use a company such as East Coast Horse Transport, you want your horse to be safe and comfortable.

Here are a few long-haul horse transport tips to assist you in providing the best outcome for your horse.

1. Ensure your horse is in good health

Adequate feed and water and the horse is in good condition
Yearly vaccinations are up to date such as tetanus/strangles, Hendra, worming

2. Make sure your horse is reasonably educated

If the horse has never travelled, please inform when booking the horse for travel. This means we can allow extra time to make sure your horse doesn’t get distressed.

3. If being fed daily, remove or reduce hard feed from the diet for long transport

Travelling long distances in a truck is a warm environment and grain fed horses sweat more than horses that are not fed grain

4. Ensure your horse is fed lucerne hay each day

Lucerne hay contains enzymes which are good for the horses’ stomach during transport and is digested more easily than grain, which can sit in the stomach for longer.

5. For the horse’s comfort, ensure the hooves are in good condition

Well-trimmed hooves are best for the horse during travel. Sawdust is used on the floor of the truck which improves the comfort of the horse

6. When booking, answer all questions asked

This will give the person taking the bookings an accurate description of the horse – size, colour, age, any distinguishing brands, scars or markings.

7. Inform the horse transport driver of any special needs your horse may have

Any dietary needs, allergies, medical conditions must be disclosed if known.

DIY Horse Transport Tips

When you go on a long car trip, usually the first thing you think about is what to take with you to make the trip more comfortable. Food, a book, maybe a blanket. The same applies to your horse, especially since they will be standing for fairly long periods of time. East Coast Horse Transport has come up with a small list of things to consider when transporting your horse. Some of these will be included when you transport your horse with us, but we have added them for when you might be doing a trip that is not as long a distance.

Light, breathable rug – gives protection from draughts. A heavier rug should be used if the weather is colder.
Protective front and back travel boots – horse’s legs are very delicate and prone to knocks, cuts and bruising.
Padded halter – Behind the ears and around the bridge of the nose is prone to rubbing, a padded halter will help cushion the skin
First Aid Kit – you should always have a stocked first aid kit wherever your horse may go
Hay Net – keeps the horse occupied and his tummy full while travelling
Water storage and buckets – you may not always be able to stop where fresh water is. Take clean buckets and a storage container of fresh water, just in case.
Torch & batteries – things always seem to go askew after dark, so a torch and fresh batteries are essential
 this has given you some good ideas on what to include when you next go on a trip with your horse. Or, let East Coast Horse Transport do the work for you so you can have peace of mind for the whole trip.
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