For those of you who live in cold winter climates, what extra precautions do you take when trailering and moving a young (3 yrs) horse in winter? Is there a temperature you will not trailer in for a non-emergency? Blanketing preferences when trailering in the cold? Anything additional you do to your trailer?
I trailered 7 hours on a teens-temp day one year. I had all the windows cracked - by horse's head, in the stall, and the rear - and opened the roof vents to face open backwards. That allows plenty of air flow without any drafts. I did not put a blanket on, but checked on him every gas stop. He was already fully woolly and not blanketed, so this wasn't a big change.
I'd 'much rather err on the side of too much air flow and use a blanket, than end up with a stuffy trailer and a hot horse.
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No blankets unless you would normally have them on that horse in the stall, or it's a stock trailer that's open. I won't haul if it's icy, but otherwise no worries. Much better winter than summer!
Exactly what I was going to say. I'd worry more about airflow in the hot summer than the winter cold. My horse normally has a blanket on (trace clipped), so that's the way he'll travel. Last winter, I went out a few times trail riding with someone who saddles her horses before she hauls. I tacked up my horse, and threw a cooler/sheet over him and the saddle to haul in her stock trailer. Trailers are pretty warm, aside perhaps from open-type stock trailers, especially if you have more than one horse in the trailer.
I am in VT. I will trailer at any temp and have a stock type trailer. I dont blanket normally and don't blanket to trailer (i do use fleece cooler after riding to trailer home if I went somewhere for a lesson).
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As someone who has moved from regular cold winters (northern Utah) to really cold spells (Minnesota), I agree with the above posters about how I would blanket my horse (riding alone in an enclosed 2 horse). If I were going any distance, I be sure to have extra hay and additional blankets/coolers in case we got stranded. Also, be sure and check tire pressure before every trip and make sure all your connections are good - really cold does weird things (to say nothing of freezing the trailer to the ground).