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Travel Tips When Trailering Horses in Winter
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Travel Tips When Trailering Horses in Winter

When you are traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for holiday celebrations, you’ll definitely want to take your horses with you in your Featherlite trailer.  We have some tips for you to follow for cold weather trips with your horses.

First, you’ll want to make sure your horse is wearing boots or shipping wraps on all four legs.  Horses get along well in cold weather, but if your trailer is too well ventilated, covering your horse with a blanket is a good idea.  Keep in mind that horses with a thick winter coat do not need to wear a blanket, and they can get too hot and perspire with a blanket on. If your trailer is not properly ventilated, your horses’ body heat can build up and make your horse uncomfortable.  Perspiring horses can dehydrate quickly so be sure to keep your horses watered.  Unventilated trailers have a tendency for the gases from the manure and urine to mix with the hay dust and shavings and cause a toxic situation for your horses.

If you are traveling across country, you will want to check the forecast for the areas you will be traveling through.  You will want to plan ahead with extra supplies such as water, blankets, hay, and feed.  If you are stuck in traffic with icy conditions, your horses will need provisions for this extra time in the trailer.

You will want to adjust your tire pressure according to the weather.  Remember cool air causes your tires to lose air pressure.  If you are traveling to a warmer destination from a cold location, your tires will gain air pressure.  Also, if you are traveling from a warmer location to a colder destination, your tires will lose air pressure. Packing a tire gauge and checking the air pressure in the tires when you fuel up prevents problems on the highway.  Always fuel up when your vehicle’s gas gauge reaches half a tank.  Pack a set of chains so if you encounter snowy weather so you can keep traveling on safely.

Map out your route so that you will know which exits you will need to take and which lane you will need to be in so that you can make lane changes in plenty of time rather than being in a hurry and making abrupt lane changes. If the roadway is slick, slow down when approaching bridges and overpasses.

Remember, when you are traveling on unfamiliar highways, you should slow down and give yourself plenty of room between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.  If you are forced to stop, you will have plenty of space so that you can ease your speed down rather than risking jackknifing and putting yourself and your horses in danger.

Following these travel tips will help both you and your horses reach your destination safely.

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