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  • Max temperature in the trailer

    hi there! I have a brenderup and got a temperature detector.
    what is the comfortable and extreme temperatures for the horses in the trailer to set/start worry?

  • #2
    I live in Florida and it is always hot. I don't keep a thermometer in the trailer. I don't think short trips in the trailer are a problem. I have a stock combo type trailer with big windows. During the summer during extreme temperatures, i only trailer 15-20 minutes.

    The temperature is going to match the air temperature outside. 98 degrees outside, means it will be a minimum of 98 degrees with a breeze in the trailer while moving. If you are in stop and go traffic, that temperature is going to climb. More horses in the trailer, that will be hotter. Did you park the trailer in shade or direct sun?

    If i had to travel farther, i would consider hosing the horses before leaving. Obviously I try to avoid travel during the hottest hours of the day.

    I worry more about heat stroke for myself and my horse while riding. Direct sunlight is definitely the enemy because you overheat so much faster standing in direct light.

    They sell elastomeric roof coatings which reflect light off the roof. They also sell ceramic roof coatings that supposedly help lower the temperature inside the trailer. I have not tried either so i can't comment on the effectiveness of them. If it worked, i would consider painting my entire trailer with that, when the time comes to repaint.

    My old trailer had fans installed inside. I would consider adding fans if you have an enclosed trailer.


    • #3
      I live in Florida too and have wondered about this as well. I wonder if using ice/cooling boots would help? Cooling neck wrap? For hauls under one hour, anyway.
      Custom tack racks!


      • #4
        I had a temperature sensor in my last trailer. Totally panicked when it hit 103 degrees inside the trailer --until I went past the bank sign and saw that it was 103 degrees outside. Only doing a short haul so no problem. When we used to haul long distance in the summer to shows, we hauled at night. Never wanted to risk a two-three hour traffic jam with a horse crock pot simmering behind the truck.


        • #5
          Strongly advise NOT hauling a wet horse because there needs to be wind to create the evaporative effect for cooling. Wetting horse might work using a an open-slat side trailer, no stopping so horse has wind on him the whole time. Here in Michigan we have high humidity, so none of the wet neck cloths, wet vests for people, can work here. Water does not evaporate from them, just gets hot with your body heat. You are hotter because the wet clothing, wet horse, make you/horse feel like you have on winter clothing, a horse blanket, holding in body heat! This could be awful if trailer is trapped in traffic on hot days!! Florida humidity is usually very high, wet does not evaporate without wind on it.

          We have had success keeping hauled horses cooled in severe heat, even trapped in traffic or border crossing delays, by icing the sawdust bedding under the horses. Sawdust is deeper, 2-4 inches, with a large 25# bag or two of ice mixed in, per horse. Get ice where hooves are standing during travel. You may need to add ice during a trip, better too much than not enough! The ice may not even melt much, insulated by the sawdust.

          Friends we suggested this iced bedding in trailer to, say it keeps their horses cooled down, horses unload at destination relaxed and fresh despite high heat and long trips. Night hauling here is not always an option.

          If you are not hauling home the same day, you need to clean out wet bedding quickly. Bedding will grow mold in hot, closed trailers in a very short time. Let the trailer air out to dry faster, even with wet bedding gone.