Keeping Your Horses Healthy And Happy While You Travel

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Whether you are transporting your horses to a new stable or you are taking them to a horse show, you'll want to make sure that you take the proper precautions to ensure their safety and health while on the road. Here are a few things you can do to care for your horses while they are in transit.

Invest In Alfalfa Cubes

Alfalfa cubes are portable and safe for horses, making them ideal for traveling. The result in less feed waste, making it easier to keep your trailer clean while you travel. The compact size won't take up a lot of space, and the low moisture content provides a longer shelf life for added convenience. Instead of providing long-stem hay for your horses, alfalfa cubes are a convenient alternative.

Keep Your Horses Hydrated

Long journeys without water can leave your horse dehydrated, as can feeding your horse forage without providing water. Soak your alfalfa or hay cubes in water to provide hydration between stops, and stop every few hours while on the road to provide your horses with water to drink. This prevents other health issues from appearing as you travel.

Provide Frequent Breaks

Your horses' muscles are working the entire time they are in a moving trailer. They are attempting to keep their balance and stay upright in close quarters. Stop every few hours to rest their muscles and legs. You don't need to remove them from the trailer to provide ample rest; simply stop in a place that is safe and convenient, and take the breaks as a chance to get a break from the road yourself.

Adapt Your Driving Habits

When traveling with your horse trailer, it's important to remember that the trailer moves every time your vehicle does, but not as smoothly. Take turns a little more slowly than you normally would, and don't accelerate as quickly when traffic lights change from red to green. This ensures your horses won't get tossed around in the trailer, which prevents injuries to your animals.

Transporting any livestock is a complicated matter, but knowing the special needs of your horses will help you to have a safe and smooth journey. Frequent breaks for water and rest are the most important things to remember when you travel with horses. When in doubt, remember to provide your horses with everything you have while on the road. If you are thirsty, chances are that your horses are too.

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