How to Keep Your Horse Healthy During Trips


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You’ve looked at horse floats for sale and have bought a horse float of your own. Now, you plan on taking a trip with your horse. Trips are stressful for most horses, but here are a few ways that you can help to keep your horse healthy during a trip.

Schedule Rest Stops

During long trips, make sure that you schedule breaks and rest stops for your horse. Give your horse water and hay and give him a chance to get off of the horse float to stretch his legs. Schedule an overnight stay so that your horse can rest in a stall and lie down during the night.

Feed Electrolytes and Probiotics

In order to encourage your horse to drink during the trip, feed him electrolytes. Feeding your horse probiotics is also a good idea to help keep his digestive system healthy during the stress of the trip.

Consider an Ulcer Preventative

Long trips can increase a horse’s stress and can potentially lead to stomach ulcers. Consider giving your horse an ulcer preventative before, during, and after the trip to protect his stomach.

Keep Legs Wrapped and Supported

Wrapping your horse’s legs, or putting float boots on his legs, can help to protect him from scratches, bruises, and other injuries. Some horse owners prefer to wrap their horses’ legs to provide them with additional support during transportation.

Invest In a Quality Horse Float

The quality of your horse float can really affect your horse’s wellbeing during trips. Try to buy the roomiest horse float available. If you can, invest in a horse float with a quality suspension or with air ride capacity; the smoother ride will be less strenuous for your horse. If you plan on regularly transporting your horse, then try to invest in the highest quality horse float that you can buy.

Keep Your Horse Up to Date on Vaccines

Horses under stress are more susceptible to diseases, and if you will be taking your horse to a trail ride or show with other horses, then he may be exposed to contagious diseases. Make sure that your horse is up to date on vaccines. If he needs a vaccination, then schedule your horse to be vaccinated at least 30 days before a trip so that the vaccination has time to take effect and protect your horse.

After looking at horse floats for sale and buying a horse float, you will be able to take your horse on many trips. With the above tips, you can help to keep your horse healthy during transportation.

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