Transporting Horses in Hot Weather

What is your biggest concern when transporting horses during hot weather?

Overheating in the trailer
Keeping them hydrated
Providing adequate ventilation
Keeping them calm and cool
Other (please specify)

Total votes cast: 502

Comments & Write-in Answers

Standing still for long traffic lights with noisy trucks, motorcycles, no airflow...makes me nervous

8/7/2017 7:42:53 PM

All of the above including amnonia odor in trailer

8/7/2017 6:32:47 PM

Less of a concern since adding 2 xtra vents & windows in front & back doors of trailer

8/7/2017 5:56:04 PM

other drivers, flinging cigarette butts

8/7/2017 3:39:31 PM

Also concerned w/ hydration, my horse doesn't like to drink on the road! And hates the trailer...

8/7/2017 12:15:46 PM

horse safety - pot holes, road bumps & dips, brake hard, actions of other dangerous drivers

8/7/2017 11:26:38 AM

Summer in Florida...you could cook a roast inside an aluminum/steel trailer.!

8/5/2017 11:19:11 AM

All of the above

8/5/2017 7:38:59 AM

all of the above

8/4/2017 6:54:57 PM

1. Good vents & windows, add ceiling insulation & fans. 2. Offer water. 3. Keep trailer moving!

8/4/2017 5:52:36 PM

All of above

8/4/2017 1:35:02 PM

Loading them.

8/4/2017 12:17:14 PM

All of the above

8/4/2017 9:40:15 AM

smooth stops and turns

8/4/2017 7:21:53 AM

All the listed options are of concern, in reality.

8/4/2017 2:03:29 AM

don't do it at all unless it is a medical emergency

8/3/2017 9:47:22 PM

ALL the above!

8/3/2017 9:36:52 PM

All of the above

8/3/2017 4:53:06 PM

Tough to pick just one-Overheating, Hydration, & Ventilation are all One-Big-Concern!

8/3/2017 11:49:44 AM

All the above

8/3/2017 10:53:25 AM

All of the above!

8/3/2017 10:44:14 AM

All of the above is the correct answer.

8/3/2017 12:15:46 AM

Love my stock trailer, lots of air flow.

8/2/2017 9:46:21 PM

Getting stuck in traffic/accident/construction

8/2/2017 5:57:45 PM

Should have had an "all of the above" choice. =)

8/2/2017 5:43:19 PM

Minimize time standing in enclosed trailer. This means no stop for "refreshments" after rides, guys!

8/2/2017 5:21:53 PM

Pretty much all of these things are concerns..

8/2/2017 4:55:58 PM

I especially worry about the tow vehicle breaking down in the heat.

8/2/2017 4:38:27 PM

All of the above!

8/2/2017 3:31:19 PM

I live in Fl, overheating is always an issue.

8/2/2017 3:15:47 PM

This kinda goes with all of the other suggestions

8/2/2017 2:54:36 PM

All of the above

8/2/2017 2:09:16 PM

Being stuck in traffic. Our highway is very congested in with frequent accidents and closures

8/2/2017 1:21:14 PM

Tow vehicle breakdown and/or traffic jam resulting in extended hold time in hot trailer

8/2/2017 1:14:59 PM

My biggest concern would be a vehicle malfunction - risk overheated horses AND little ventilation!

8/2/2017 10:57:33 AM

Depends on the horse but mainly overheating and for some horses it would be to limit stress.

8/2/2017 9:44:26 AM

all of the above

8/2/2017 9:02:27 AM

unforseen traffic jam

8/2/2017 8:03:54 AM

It's not the transport; it's the riding when I get there! I just don't go if it's too hot to ride.

8/2/2017 7:12:25 AM

and keeping them hydrated

8/2/2017 7:09:51 AM

All of the above!

8/2/2017 4:39:35 AM

No matter what the weather, always fear someone hitting the trailer.

8/1/2017 10:16:42 PM

all of the above=do not travel midday=early morning or late night

8/1/2017 9:10:24 PM

all of the above, so I try to ship in the early morning

8/1/2017 8:48:57 PM

All of the above.

8/1/2017 8:08:28 PM

My horses don't travel much but when they do, it's a hot trailer that worries me most.

8/1/2017 5:33:36 PM


8/1/2017 5:09:02 PM

avoiding the other drivers who arn't calm and cool on the road

8/1/2017 4:55:18 PM

All are my concern: need ventilation, hydration, attention to hauling at cooler parts of day.

8/1/2017 4:40:40 PM

Feed carrots and soaked beet pulp before and after trailering to keep hydrated.

8/1/2017 4:20:49 PM

We try to haul at night or the cooler part of the day to avoid getting too hot.

8/1/2017 2:57:05 PM

I always have at least 3 galls of water with me and hope we don't get stalled on the Interstate.

8/1/2017 2:32:42 PM

My horse sweat heavily in the trailer once and, despite drinking well, colicked the next day.

8/1/2017 2:30:19 PM