Summer Travel Concerns Shared by Readers

More than 660 readers of responded to a poll asking, "What is your biggest health concern when traveling with your horse?"

results of poll on summer travel

Results were as follows: 

  • Stress: 27.97% (186)
  • Injury: 27.52% (183)
  • Exposure to new horses/environments: 17.44% (116)
  • Dehydration: 16.09% (107)
  • Colic: 10.98% (73)

Readers shared what big worries they have for summer travel in the comments below.

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  • it's more like "all of the above"
  • Colic caused by the stress of the haul and all the different things a horse is not used to...
  • Actually all of the above
  • all of the above
  • My mare is ok traveling, it is exposure to other less healthy horses I worry about.
  • Other drivers can be very inconsiderate. Do not understand that a rig does not stop quickly.
  • my horses are spolied and are not afraid and other horses I find are not as friendly
  • mostly just in general stress/discomfort.
  • My guys are great travelers. Injury due to traffic accident.
  • An accident
  • other drivers!
  • ALL of the above!!!
  • my horse hates showing
  • When dealing with a hyper thoroughbred mare!
  • He is only hauled a few times yrly & need to work on trailer loading/unloading.
  • Other drivers! I treat every 1 else on road like an enemy fighter pilot, they're all out to kill me
  • My horses don't travel. They stay at home.
  • ie potential diseases etc
  • particularly from a trailer incident - trailer safety is paramount
  • Concerned about contact with horses carrying disease; health papers are no good if trailers checked
  • Good traveler, but can't predict injury.
  • stress can cause a multitude of other problems
  • My horse jumped half way over the chest bar on her last trip.
  • Heat
  • always relieved to arrive safely.
  • my horses dont travel much so stress & all assoc. problems
  • My trailer has already been rear-ended on the interstate. M was stunned, not injured,
  • especially in heat of Texas
  • I worry about poor drivers looking at the horsies
  • It's a toss up between Colic and injury
  • My characters find ALL mischief to get into. =S
  • Not everyone vaccinates or deworms - we worry about transmission of pathogens.
  • Loading is always my biggest worry.
  • Dehydration is the crux of keeping the horse able to cope with the overall stress.
  • we usually hauled straight through, lots of cushion, feed and water, steady rate and they did well
  • All of the above!!!
  • All my horses travel well, but do slack off from drinking normally.
  • being able to take enough of my own water until horse is accustomed to local h2o
  • he hates drinking on the road or away from home
  • Live in AZ, only travel locally, but heat/dehydration a concern
  • There are so many it was difficult to chose the biggest concern.
  • They are all major concerns!
  • Hard getting the horses to drink on the road or at a show.
  • Ulcers bother 2 of my show horses when traveling.
  • I don't travel very far. Just take my girl to our riding lesson. 18 mile round trip.
  • The ponies enjoy trailer rides and the trips are under 2 hours
  • Colic secondary to dehydration and stress
  • stress induced disease breaks such as EHV 4
  • specifically due to stupid drivers
  • Noise and heat in the trailer while traveling.
  • Never can tell what another driver will do
  • All of the above, she does not drink well away from home, does not eat well, heats up when stressed
  • truck breaking down, heat, storms, more!
  • Truck and/or trialer breakdown and being stranded. Clydes won't fit in friends trailers.
  • My horse is anhidrotic... overheats easily in a trailer
  • stress is the root of all evil
  • strangles
  • all of the above?
  • None really, all our horses are pretty well rounded & tend not to get stressed out causing colic or
  • Stress bringing on "shipping fever."
  • Hard to pick one, so all of the above
  • I actually worry about all of the above while traveling with my horses.
  • illness
  • Especially those long, hot trips!

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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