Aug 13 2010
Trailering your horses during the hot summer weather can pose many serious challenges to you, and health risks to your horses and animals – including dehydration and heatstroke.
It is important to take precautions during summer horse transport, and here are 6 tips to help you move your horses safely:
TIP 1: Trailer only during the coolest hours of the day.
TIP 2: Clear all horse trailer vents and obstructions for optimal airflow.
TIP 3: Always carry a bucket and 2-3 gallons of drinking water per horse.
TIP 4: Park only in shaded areas, or locations with good breezes and airflow.
TIP 5: Double check that your truck is in good running order (USRider recommends carrying two spares for your horse trailer).
TIP 6: Check traffic reports and do your best to avoid any traffic jams that would slow down your journey.
Be prepared for all possible outcomes such as breakdowns, delays, and less likely scenarios, and you should be able to safely transport your horses during the hot summer months.
When trailering your horses it is also smart to be aware of harmful ammonia fumes which can build up during horse transport – to improve the health of your horse consider using a product such as the Trailer Genie kit to absorb harmful ammonia gasses and keep them out of your horses lungs! Click the banner below to learn more.