Top 3 Tips for Traveling with your Horse
Ready to hit the road and make new memories with your equine partners? Whether you’re competing, out for a joy ride, or off to work, getting to this moment takes preparation.
We want to provide you with a few tips to be prepared as you load up and latch the trailer door to depart.
Our number one piece of advice for traveling with your horse is to plan ahead.
We know that when it comes to horses, they require a lot of baggage. When it comes to loading feed, tack, emergency supplies, and more it’s better to start early to prevent leaving important gear behind.
A commonly overlooked aspect of planning for equine travel is knowing where you are going and what is required for veterinary documentation. Be prepared with your Coggins (CVI) test and a health inspection if your destination requires it.
Tip 1: Get Your Trailer Ready
- Practice loading and unloading your horse days before the event so they are familiar with the environment you are asking them to ride in.
- Inspect your trailer prior to travel.
- Check your tires’ air pressure and tread
- Check inside for a safe riding space, no sharp edges
- Spread some Horse Fresh in a clean trailer to help absorb moisture and odor
- Pack your trailer with the gear you will need throughout the week.
- Set aside your favorite brushes, tack, and additional gear to make sure it easily accessible
Tip 2: Determine Your Forage Needs Before You Leave
- Be consistent with what you feed your horse – feed your horse the same as you do at home.
- Make sure to bring enough forage to feed your horse for the duration of your trip.
- If you need to purchase forage while traveling use our Store Locator to find stores near your location
- Allow free access to forage in the trailer. This will help keep your horse distracted if they are traveling for a long period of time, as well as keep the microbes in their gut satisfied.
Tip 3: Determine Your Water Needs Before You Leave
- Avoid traveling during the hottest part of the day; 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
- Carry a supply of water in case of emergencies
- Plan to stop every three to four hours so you can offer water and forage.
- In normal environments horses need 5 to 12 gallons of water per day. In heat or with heavy exercise that need raises to 15 to 20 gallons per day
For more information about your horse’s digestive system and how to properly support it on the road, listen to episode 34 of our Beyond the Barn podcast with Dr. Cubitt and Katy Starr.
Traveling with horses is exciting and can lead to unique memories that will last you a lifetime, and we hope these tips help make them good ones! If you have questions, please contact the nutritionists at Standlee, or consult with your veterinarian.