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:
- 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.
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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.
- Ensure your horse is in good health prior to travelling, unless of course you are doing a dash to the vet.
- 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.
- Be ready to roll once your horse is loaded. Do not leave the horses standing for lengthy periods while you are standing still.
- 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.