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How to Sell your Old Horse Float and Buy a New One

Do you want to sell your current horse float - and - purchase your dream horse float?

Selling your old horse float can be a tricky task. To do this easily, you can list your float on many ‘horse floats for sale’ sites on the internet. But before that, you have to know a few things about buying or selling horse floats.

When purchasing your new float, for your beloved horse, it’s important to have the best quality for safety and comfort. You will find many models in the quality Imperial Horse Floats range, with custom orders being built to suit client needs. It is important to know what you need when ordering your new horse float.

In this article, we will discuss some tips that can help you sell your current horse float trailer.

Take pictures of the horse float

Interested buyers always like to know what they are buying in the market of Horse Float For Sale. Ensure your horse float is neat and clean prior to taking your photographs. It always helps if you give it a nice polish, and will increase the chances to sell your horse float fast. Make sure the photos are taken in good lighting, showing off your float to the best advantage.

Create the ad of the Horse Float For Sale.

Often, sellers will write short advertisements with little information about the horse float. This technique will not attract potential buyers. Now, assume yourself as a salesperson or the owner of the horse float business. Write about the good features of your float including any warranty that might be left from your original purchase, this is always an attractive element of selling you secondhand float. You have to take the time to craft a well-written description of the float to attract the buyers.

Reach out to the right buyers

Nowadays, people use the internet to buy or sell online products, including your pre-loved horse float. Facebook and other social media have the ability to help you target and find potential customers.

Pretend you are a Salesperson

You have created the ad of the Horse Float For Sale. Now, assume yourself as a salesperson to sell your horse float. Try to pretend you are the owner of the horse float business. Often, sellers will write short advertisements with little info about the horse float.

This technique will not attract potential buyers. So, you have to take the time and craft a well-written description of the float to attract the buyers.

Stay active on the phone

Email is an easy way to contact your potential buyer. But try to convince your buyer to call you rather than mail. By speaking to them on the phone, you can create a relationship and trust, giving you a much better opportunity to influence the buyer and make a sale.

Above mentioned tips can help you to sell your horse float instantly. But selling your float is one thing and finding the right horse float for sale is another. It can be a difficult task to buy a new float as there are many brands available all having different features.

Here are some tips which you have to consider when buying the top-quality horse float.

Understand what is being offered

Imperial Horse Floats are made with the absolute finest of product which has been tested over many years here in Australia. Imperial can also offer maintenance work up may require.

Some options for flooring are

  • Fiberglass
  • Aluminum
  • Wood
  • Galvanized steel

Imperials fibreglass floors are superior to any other material, and we offer differing strengths for larger horses or for those using their floats on a day by day basis.

The towing capacity of the vehicle

This is probably the most critical issue for you to consider. You need to ensure the vehicle you drive is capable and within Australian Standards to pull the float of your choice whilst being fully loaded. Check the vehicle Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) or GTM – Gross Trailer Mass. Always remember GTM will always be lower than ATM.

Interior height of your float

The height that you require inside an Imperial Horse Floats depends on the height of your horse. But usually, minimum height interior height 2.2 or 2.3 is recommended. This helps with ventilation when travelling

Ventilation

In Australian weather conditions, good ventilation is imperative so make sure the float your purchase had lots of air vents in the sides, the roof and the back of the float. Traveling with barn doors open is safe and can be really helpful to allow full airflow from front to back of your horse float.

Conclusion

When searching for any type of horse float for sale be aware that there are cheaper models that offer ill-fated warranties. Buying a horse float is a major investment. So, take your time and do your homework, remember you, your passengers and your horse have to be safe when traveling.

Owning a horse float should be a luxurious experience. What are you waiting for? Buy your Imperial horse float today!

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What You Must Know About Horse Float Flooring



WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT HORSE FLOAT FLOORING


Horse float flooring is as important as the horse float because it contributes to the health and safety of your horse.  When you fail to select the strongest and highly durable flooring, your horse is susceptible to hazards and accidents that could endanger its life or even cause death.  Without a doubt, there have been reports of horse float failures that have been the cause of serious and fatal injuries to horses. This emphasises the need to choose a Imperial float sold in Queensland and throughout Australia and by Stirling Floats, as the Qld agents for Imperial Floats.   

We only sell the best quality, and it is a wise move to purchase an Imperial which is backed with a five year structural warranty.  


Types of Horse Float Flooring

There are four main types of horse float flooring, these include aluminium, treated timber, rumber flooring and fibreglass.

Aluminum Flooring : -

Aluminum flooring is believed to be the worst type of horse float flooring. It may provide a fast solution for flooring; hence, little attention is paid to its durability. Small effort goes into the production and it is also inexpensive (which is the only benefit).

It also produces a lot of heat, vibration and noise and can easily provide discomfort for your horse. This metal is highly conductive and corrosive, horses are most likely to be inconvenienced on the trip. Why spend money on something that provides little or no value? Horse urine provides negative effects on the metal and will soon corrode.

Treated Timber Flooring : -

Treated timber offers reduced heat, noise and vibration and can be long lasting if it is well maintained. More so, when the mats are well cared for and not exposed to moisture, the timber has a greater chance of beating the argument that wood rots quicker. The major downside to this is that untreated wood can eventually rot once horse urine touches it and begins to pass through the mat. Treated timber is a better option and to maintain this, you must always ensure you rinse and dry the mats when the horse urinate.

 

Fibreglass Flooring : -

Fibreglass is a superior flooring material. This is the best choice when it comes to flooring as it withstands high process temperatures, has high impact and compression capabilities, the panels will not rot or delaminate.  It is also very lightweight but extremely strong and has excellent adhesion and mechanical properties with chemical and water resistance. It is also compatible with all types of composite manufacturing techniques.

Imperial Pty Ltd (our partnership company) have been testing fibreglass flooring for more than 6 years and it is used throughout their entire range of floats. On top of the fibreglass, we include a 10mm hammer top rubber non slip mat and anti-slip batons on the ramp which may it so much easier to keep clean.  The thickness of this rubber significantly reduces heat transfer, vibration and noise. It is maintenance free and durable, and allows you to maximize the flooring material for many years. This product is so easy to maintain, you won’t ever regret making an investment in a Riviera float.

Stirling Floats are agents who provide  Imperial Horse Floats to clients across Queensland. All our horse floats are designed with honeycomb fibreglass flooring to protect your horses, reduce risks and make your next trip stress free.

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Double Panel Fencing

Double Panel Fencing

Horses are wonderful companions. When you are competing regularly for a few days straight, you need to think of accommodation and where to secure your horse. You may look at booking a stable or keep them tied up to the horse float. But have you heard of double panel fencing? At Stirling Floats we sell high quality and affordable horse floats and goosenecks, which can be customised to suit your needs, including double panel fencing. This article will hopefully enlighten you on the benefits of the Riviera Horse Floats.

At home, you may keep your horses in a paddock or yard with solid fencing. However, if you are competing you unfortunately can’t take that excellent fencing with you. Horse floats which come with double panel fencing is a cheaper option compared to hiring out a stable or keeping them tied up to the horse float in your absence. Our high quality horse floats have been built so that the double panel fencing can be easily stored and easily set up.

Types of fences you may have at home include:

Wooden Rails - This is a classic fencing system. Wooden rails make your property look picturesque and are preferred by a lot of horse owners. They are a lot of work to install so you most definitely don’t want to be travelling with wooden rails in your float, especially trying to set them up.

High Tensile Polymer Rail - This uses coated steel wires which are durable, strong and flexible. This can come in a variety of colours and requires little or no maintenance. It looks like wood but performs better as it doesn’t rot, splinter or rust. It definitely makes a property look classic. As mentioned, you can’t transport your fence from home and transport it to an event.

Electric Wire - This involves a single or two strands of wire. Even though it is an easy set up, do you really want to have to travel and set up and remove steel pickets? You would have to ensure that you neatly put away any wire that you used and ensure that it doesn’t get tangle between now and next use. You will also need an electricity source.

Electric Tape - This is an alternative to electric wire. Electricity travels through metal strands and attached to poly fibres and the width of the tape can vary. It is usually tight, clean and attractive. Electric tape is more visible than electric wire but can be susceptible to strong winds. Once again, you will need an electricity source.

Benefits of Double Panel Fencing

We sell a wide range of horse floats which can be customised to suit your needs, whether that be larger bays or specific colours. Double Panel Fencing is one of our excellent accessories on our horse floats. Since your fence at home isn’t moveable, you should consider having a system that allows you to not only transport your horse but to also house them.


Our Double Panel Fencing can be easily stored and set up.

Our horse floats will be your horses and your, home away from home by providing you with a high level of comfort and luxury. They come in a wide range of designs from 2 horse loads to Campers to Goosenecks. Our floats come with a range of accessories such as beds, kitchens, tack boxes and more! These floats are affordable safer, cleaner and affordable (finance available).

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8 Ways to keep your horse cool while travelling

Summer is upon us, and this year in Australia it is heating up far more quickly than any of us expected.   So what does this mean for our horses.

Transporting horses in this weather can be stressful and sometimes more dangerous than you realise, even if your horse is an experienced traveller.


Here are some tips to consider:


  1. Check your fibre glass roof, hopefully you will have a reasonably thick cover or a multi-strand fibreglass hardtop roof such as the ones we use at Imperial Floats.  Ours provide significantly better protection for your horses in hot and cold weather events. You can consider lining your roof with insulation that will help reduce the temperature inside your float.
  2. Ensure your float has good ventilation, with roof vents, side vents, open windows and rear barn doors.  Installation of special fans can also be undertaken to ensure fresh air is filtering through the float while you travel.  There are many brands available .
  3. Windows can be screened which will prevent bugs and other objects coming into the float while travelling.  You might also consider tinting your windows for that extra heat protection.
  4. Offer your horse water every couple of hours, consider installing a water tank so that you never run out, and it ensures your horses are drinking water they are used to at home.
  5. Ensure your horse is in good health prior to travelling, unless of course you are doing a dash to the vet.
  6. Keep rugs off while travelling, and also check that your leg bandages are not too tight or too hot.   Use good cotton wraps on the leg before bandaging.
  7. Be ready to roll once your horse is loaded.  Do not leave the horses standing for lengthy periods while you are standing still.
  8. Plan the timing of your travel to move in the cooler hours.   Rest your horse through the middle of the day if possible if it is a long journey.  Do whatever you can to reduce heat stress when travelling, and don’t park your float in the sun. Do your research before you leave and find suitable showgrounds where you can stop and rest.

Imperial Camper Floats, along with all of our floats are engineered with horse comfort front of mind.  When you invest in one of our floats, you are investing in the health and safety of your horse when travelling.

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Importance of Warm ups and Cool downs

Importance of Warm ups and Cool downs

Strict adherence to a training routine is a recipe for success for any athlete. Just like humans, horses whether ridden just for pleasure or more specifically sporting, require practice and training. Before any activity, it is crucial that you have a warm up and cool down routine. 

Before exercise, we all know how important it is to warm up, and that’s the same for cool downs. Even though horses are different to us, they still require the same preparation for exercise. 

Benefits of warming up include:

  1. Reduces the risk of injuries: Warming up will help to loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscle. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and can prevent muscle and tendon sprains.
  2. Enhances performance: The heart rate and circulation will increase, which will gently prepare the body for exercise.

Basic warming up steps:

  1. Preparation: After grooming your horse and saddling up, lead him around loosely for a little while.
  2. Mount your horse and get into a fast paced warm for 3-5 minutes: This helps to loosen up the muscles in preparation for exercise. Make sure you change direction if you are in an arena.
  3. Once your horse has warmed up a little bit, you can speed up into a trot for another 5 minutes. Increasing the speed slightly will help to loosen up the muscles and increase the circulation of blood. Ensure that your warm up is comfortable and not too fast.

Benefits of cooling down include:

  1. Prevents tying up: Cooling down will ensure that the strained muscles return to their stasis condition, this will avoid tying up (muscle tension and micro trauma).
  2. Prevents rigidity: Cooling down will assist the lactic acid to be removed and swellings or any inflammation of muscles will be minimized.
  3. Heightens blood redistribution: After exercise, it is important to engage in activities that circulate blood around its body, which will gradually cool the muscles.

Basic cooling down steps:

  1. In a trot, make your horse stretch out, make sure you change directions diagonally and in larger circles to cool down effectively.
  2. For 10-15 minutes, walk your horse around and allow him to catch his breath.
  3. If you horse was sweating during exercise, make sure his skin is drying.
  4. Allow the horse to have access to clean fresh water.

Before engaging in any physical activity, ensure that you check your horse over for signs of any injury or illness. Keep in mind your horse’s age and size to ensure that your warm ups and cool downs are customized to his needs.

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Transporting Problems: Prevention

Transporting Problems: Prevention

Transporting can not only be stressful on you, but especially on your horse. To ensure that you have a safe and comfortable trip there are many things that you need to consider, prepare for and avoid. Training, experience and sometimes mistakes are what it takes before you and your horse can have a successful stress free travel trip. Below is a list of the most common problems.

Servicing

It is important that your horse float has regular servicing. Even though it doesn’t have a motor, it still requires to be checked over by a professional. You can create yourself a daily checklist to ensure that you go over what you can before heading out.

Checklist:

  • Check light/power plug is connected to the vehicle;
  • Check safety chain is connected;
  • Check tow coupling is secure;
  • Check handbrake is released;
  • Check tyre condition, tread, sidewall cracks etc;
  • Check wheel nut and indicators;
  • Ensure jockey wheel is in travel position;
  • Ensure number plate is visible;
  • Is the registration up to date?
  • Check all lights;
  • Ensure the load is secured.

It is a good idea to have a certified professional carry out a safety inspection and service every 6 months. As mentioned before, even though a horse float does not have a motor it still has components which require regular attention.


These include:

  • Service wheel bearings - replacing anything that are not serviceable;
  • Inspect all braking components;
  • Inspect the brakes and condition of all mechanical linkages - replacing all faulty or worn components;
  • Inspect axle and suspension for any breaks, damages, wears and cracks;
  • Physical inspection of all nuts, bolts, locking devices, springs, shackles, shackle pins, plates, suspension arms, axle, shock absorbers and bushes;
  • Grease jockey wheel.

Horse Stress

It isn't uncommon for a horse to get stressed when travelling but it can be caused by a number of things. This may include length of travel or experience, most commonly is it caused from a physical or mental discomfort. It’s important that your horse doesn't feel pressured onto a float, remember, horses are flight animals and a horse float is seen as a dark cave where a predator might be. Regular training can assist in getting your horse to load by himself and understanding that there is nothing that is going to hurt him. Carrying a familiar item can help make your horse feel at home, such as a treat, feed, or a horse rug which may smell like home.

Fatigue & Dehydration

Road trips over 2 hours can be extremely exhausting, which is why it is always a good idea to take regular break when travelling long distances. Being a driver is tiring but standing up for such a long period of time in a moving vehicle is just as exhausting, if not more. Dehydration can lead to many other problems. It is important to plan regular stops to give your horse some water, to rest and maybe even stretch his legs. Ensure you have emergency electrolytes in your first aid kit.

Temperature Problems

The weather and temperature are always changing, sometimes it’s a super hot day or it’s freezing cold and rainy. If you are travelling in the middle of summer, ensure that you have lots of drinking water available and find time to wash your horse’s body to help cool him down. If it’s a cold or rainy day, make sure you don’t forget to pack rain sheets or a warm winter rug.

We all know prevention is better than cure so avoiding problems before they occur can help you and your equine have a stress free travel experience!

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Horse Shows: Beating the Nerves

Horse Show: Beating The Nerves

In Queensland, it is quite common to attend organised events, these being agricultural shows, pony club or clinics etc. Leaving with your collection of ribbons with that feeling of satisfaction. However, competing can be stressful, especially if you are unprepared. If you are heading out every weekend, you will eventually establish a routine for preparation, floating and competing. Your horse will get used to travelling and working in new environments. Routine and repetition has been proved to reduce the stress on you and your horse. If you aren’t regularly out and about, you can still do some show prep at home.

Familiarization 

It’s a good idea to familiarize your horse at home to things which they may encounter when they are out. If the show environment seems familiar with the home environment, your horse will be much more relaxed. If your horse has never heard a loudspeaker before, you could try to borrow something which could simulate noises which are similar to what could be heard out in the ring. You could set up some flags, judging stand and more to make it look as similar to what you are most likely to experience when you are competing. It’s also important to set up grooming and tacking up routines at home, which will help keep your horse relaxed in an unknown environment. 

Try to arrive the day before the show so that you can get your horse familiar with his surroundings. Travelling can be exhausting and in some cases stressful for the inexperienced traveller. Arriving a day early will allow some time to rest and will give you both time to have a look around, either by leading or riding. Let your horse have a look at the stands, the arena and ask him to stand quietly and allow him to get used to the new smells and noises. When it’s your turn to compete, all these scary things will no longer be new to him.

Pay Attention

Paying attention to your horse at home so when you are out you understand his mood and attention level at the showgrounds. Figure out a plan on what you can do to keep your horse’s attention on you instead of on another horse or object. 

Some people may believe that wearing your horse out hours before classes will result in a calmer horse, when it may result in lower performance because he is too tired. A solution is to learn to ride the horse forward in your hand so that there is a better connection. If there is no connection it is hard to use aids to create a rhythm and to have the horse relax. By keeping your horse on your aids you can bring his attention to his task rather than on a loose horse or the loudspeaker blaring, Ensuring that your horse’s attention is on his task ensures that his excitement levels are down, and that energy goes into the class instead of focusing on what's going on around him. 

Create a Checklist

Everyone knows that anxious riders make anxious horses. Ensuring you have a routine will keep you calm and your horse. Create a checklist that both you and your horse will need. This may include:

  • Vet certificates;
  • Registration papers;
  • Membership cards;
  • Entry forms;
  • Rule books;
  • Horse feed;
  • Tack;
  • First aid supplies;
  • Buckets and grooming tools etc;
  • Show Clothes;
  • Water and food.

You can ask those who show regularly what they will not leave without and add it to you list. This will make packing so much easier. 

Relax and Focus

It’s important to relax and focus. You should practice ignoring everything that's going on and focus on the task. Practice makes perfect, so practicing patterns can ensure that you and your horse are familiar with the pattern. If you know your pattern so well that you can do it backwards then you won’t have to stress about remembering when it’s time.  Staying relaxed is important and you should know what you need to do to say relaxed. This may be having some alone time or someone giving you a pep talk. You may want to write down the pattern and practice in your head before your class. 

Identify Goals and Reasons

You can look at horse shows or pony club events etc; as a game to play, and there are reasons to play. Reasons may be to record your progress as a rider or you may be teaching a young horse. Meeting new people and making horsey friends may be a main reason as to why you go out. It might even be for personal glory or to grow yourself some professional credentials. Stud Farms may show horses to sell or attract potential clients. You need to ensure you have personal goals and be aware of others. By maintaining a clear and healthy perspective on competing will help beat your nerves. 

You might not always come home with a ribbon or a trophy but it's crucial to understand that it’s just a game and it’s important to always have fun. Some classes may have objective markers for placings or most are based on descriptions. We must all remember that judges are people too and they judge based on their opinion on the day. The best place to be is on the back of your horse so don’t let anyone spoil your enjoyment of riding!

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Travelling Horses: How To Be Safe

 

Travelling Horses: How to be Safe

In Queensland, it is quite common to have to travel horses to get to organised events such as pony club, agricultural shows etc;. Sometimes you will have to travel either twenty minutes to three hours or more depending on where you are travelling to. It is absolutely crucial to plan your journey ahead. Below are some tips on how to be safe when travelling horses.

Plan Ahead

Planning the route in advance can assist in making your trip a pleasant one. You need to understand the distance you are travelling, either twenty minutes down the road or a few hours. If the trip you are doing is a long one, you need to ensure you give your horse a break every three to four hours and offer water. Trips over six hours will require a break where the horse can be let off the float so that they can stretch their necks and eat. This is important in order to avoid Travel Sickness.

Risk factors for Travel Sickness include:

  • Travel longer than six hours;
  • Head tied up;
  • Dusty hay;
  • Vehicle exhaust fumes;
  • Stress.

If your horse is showing signs of Travel Sickness you need to stop travelling, unload and allow the horse to graze. You need to seek Urgent veterinary attention.

Vehicle/Float Inspection

Before departing, it’s crucial that the vehicle and float have been inspected to ensure that both are safe and roadworthy.

This includes:

  • All lights are working;
  • Brakes are fully operational;
  • All doors open and close and can be locked;
  • All vents open and close;
  • Float floor and ramps are checked;
  • Ensure emergency brakes are working;
  • Tire pressure to be checked;
  • Spare tire to be accessible and tire pressure checked;
  • Tools to change a tire on both float and vehicle;
  • The tow ball is functional.

Emergency First Aid Kit

We are always told to expect the unexpected, so it's important to prepare for injuries. A first aid kit should always be easily accessible and should be restocked regularly. Essential items which should be included in a first aid kit are:

  • Sterile bandage material;
  • Adhesive wrap and tape;
  • Leg wraps;
  • Scissors;
  • Rectal thermometer;
  • Antiseptic solution;
  • Latex gloves;
  • PVC tubing cut into lengths of 18 inches (emergency splinting).

Temperature

When planning your route you need to take into account the temperature. Where you are in one place may be completely different to another. For example,  if it’s very hot you won’t be packing extra rugs, but if it’s cold or wet you are most likely need to pack rain sheets or warm rugs.

Hot weather can lead to heat stress which can result in systemic failure and death. If you are travelling in hot conditions you can ensure full ventilation by having all windows and vents open. You should avoid rugging and protective leg wraps unless they have sheepskin lining, which allows for ventilation. Trips should be planned to avoid the hottest part of the day and to avoid heavy traffic.

Cold conditions can result in a horse who is travelling to become chilled, this can cause stress and respiratory illness. Even though this is less common, horses travelling in these conditions can be susceptible to respiratory infections. You should ensure that your horse is rugged and reduce the number of open vents and windows.

Recovery

Travelling long hours in a float can be hard work, a horse will use a lot of muscle contraction to absorb all the stops, starts and turning which are trying to push the horse off balance. A young horse or an inexperienced traveller may not have yet learnt how to balance themselves efficiently. Once again, it is important to allow rest stops for each day of travel (8 hours).  Before leaving your event, your horse will require time to rest and recover. Ensure that your horse has water and hay while he is resting.

Travelling can be stressful, both on you and your horse. By planning ahead, regularly inspecting your vehicle and float, always having a first aid kit, understanding the temperature conditions and by understanding your horses recovery you will be able to remain as safe as possible.

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10 TIPS TO LOAD A STUBBORN HORSE ONTO A FLOAT

There are many views on how to load a stubborn horse.  Here are ten tips which might work for you and your horse.  These notes are for horses with good manners.  All horses are different and you might need to try other methods.  Hopefully the below mentioned tips will help.

Wаlkіng a hоrѕе onto a float, саn bе quіtе an еxреrіеnсе fоr some hоrѕеѕ. Fortunately, most hоrѕеѕ accept the many thіngѕ wе ask of them.  Even the саlmеѕt hоrѕе саn sometimes beсоmе ѕtubbоrn when loading into a horse flоаt. Learning hоw tо lоаd a hоrѕе оnto a horse flоаt ѕаfеlу and quісklу, іѕ аn essential lesson fоr аnу horse owner.

Tаkе a mіnutе tо understand whу hоrѕеѕ wіll sometimes bе stubborn loading onto a hоrѕе flоаt. Whеn уоu think аbоut іt, a hоrѕе float іѕ a соnfіnеd ѕрасе. Fоr a horse, еntеrіng into a confined ѕрасе may seem dаngеrоuѕ, and a rіѕkу thіng to do. Onсе іn thеrе, thеу arе unаblе tо flее frоm any kind of dаngеr, ѕо by asking thеm tо enter a hоrѕе float, уоu аrе аѕkіng them tо gо against thеіr nаturаl іnѕtіnсtѕ. It iѕ lіttlе surprise thеn thаt ѕоmе horses wіll bаulk at thе horse flоаt ramp.

Here аrе tеn tips to hеlр gеt your ѕtubbоrn hоrѕе onto a flоаt.

  1. Pаrk the horse flоаt on a level ѕрасе, preferably in an area which is enclosed, so іf thе hоrѕе pulls back he wоn’t gо vеrу fаr.
  2. Mаkе ѕurе the horse flоаt is раrkеd away from hаzаrds.
  3. Depending оn уоur horse, іt mіght be bеѕt tо open all doors, windows and lower the tailgate before bringing the horse to the float.  For the first effort move the centre bar to one side, giving the horse more space and room as you train him.
  4. Brіng уоur hоrѕе nеаr thе flоаt. Lеt уоur horse look іnѕіdе and сhесk іt out. If уоur hоrѕе rеmаіnѕ calm, give him ѕоmе wоrdѕ оf praise and mоvе on tо the nеxt ѕtер. If he does not ѕtаnd саlmlу beside thе flоаt, keep dоіng this untіl you саn gеt him tо stand calmly.  Continue to talk to the horse the entire time you are working with them.
  5. Don't rush thе hоrѕе. Give thеm time tо ѕmеll the rаmр & сhесk thе flоаt out bеfоrе уоu try to lead thеm in
  6. Lеаd your hоrѕе tо thе flоаt tailgate. Pause for a bit and let the horse look and settle.  Aѕk уоur horse tо wаlk іntо thе float. Guide him, but do not walk ahead оf hіm. Stау tо thе ѕіdе for your own safety. If hе іѕ ѕtіll calm аt thіѕ роіnt, gently bасk hіm оut оf the flоаt. If you cannot gеt hіm tо walk into the float on his own, stay calm and keep trying. Rеmеmbеr, a kеу hоrѕе trаіnіng tip is раtіеnсе! He may wаlk іn a fеw steps, then bасk out аgаіn. Thаt'ѕ оkау. Juѕt lеt hіm dо іt аnd trу again. Mаkе sure уоu reward whеnеvеr hе fоllоwѕ your іnѕtruсtіоnѕ.
  7. Prасtісе gоіng in, ѕtауіng inside for a fеw seconds, аnd thеn backing оut. Yоu can gradually іnсrеаѕе thе time іnѕіdе the flоаt tо a few mіnutеѕ at a ѕtrеtсh.
  8. Whеn possible, remove thе cеntrе divider соmрlеtеlу or mоvе tо оnе ѕіdе. Obvіоuѕlу if thеrе'ѕ another horse аlrеаdу іn уоu won't bе аblе tо do thіѕ, but 90% оf hоrѕеѕ wіll lоаd much bеttеr whеn thе dіvіdеr hаѕ bееn mоvеd асrоѕѕ.
  9. Having another person with you on the first few attempts to load your horse is always recommended.  That way the rear bars can be anchored and the tailgate raised ready for travel.
  10.  Do not tie the horse to the float until the tailgate is secure, and if you have another horse that travels well, load him beside your newly loaded horse as company for travel.

IF YOU ARE NOT EXPERIENCED AT TRAVELLING HORSES, ASK SOMEONE FOR HELP - MOST EQUESTRIAN CLUBS HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE EXPERIENCED AND WILLING TO ASSIST.

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