The Center for Equine Health at UC Davis recently conducted studies on transported horses. The following tips are among their recommendations:
• Avoid shipping sick horses unless it’s an emergency.
• During long trips (six to eight hours) avoid restricting the horse’s head and neck with cross-tying—a small box stall is best.
• Temperatures in trailers can get humid and hot, so unload upon arrival or during stops.
• Watch your horse for depression, lack of appetite, nasal discharge or coughing after transport, which may be symptoms of shipping fever; symptoms may not emerge until two – three days after transport.
For more information or to view the complete report, visit www.vetmed.ucdavi.