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Do you give your horses hay while trailering?

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  • Do you give your horses hay while trailering?

    Hi. When your horses are being hauled, do you let them eat hay? I know some people do and some don't. Please tell me what you do and why.

    Last edited by Carolinadreamin'; Nov. 16, 2011, 09:27 AM. Reason: Darn autocorrect!

  • #2
    Yep. Keeps them happy and busy.
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    • #3
      Nope. No need to. I trailer for less than two hours, one way. I'll give them hay, after hunting, if I plan to stay a while for a breakfast or extended tailgate.

      I prefer to keep the cargo area free of potential hazards and debris. Just my preference.
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        • #5
          Yes. My horse was a very anxious traveler when I got him. Hay helps him stay calm.
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          • #6
            We do. Keeps them occupied.
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            • #7
              Yes always. I trailer out to ride a lot and my trips range from 30 minutes to 8 hours. They don't always eat in the trailer, but at least they have the option.

              I think it's important to have trailer ties that are a little bit longer so they can get their head down below wither level to clear the dust out of their nose if they need to. I have a big slant load, so this is possible. Straight loads with mangers might be impossible for horses to get heads down, I don't know.


              • #8
                Depends- If I'm going 15 minutes down the road- then I don't usually worry about it. Anything else- then, yes, they always have hay. Properly hung there is no reason for it to cause a problem. Sometimes I'm hauling 12-15 hours so I can't imagine them not having something available for that amount of time!
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                • Original Poster

                  Thanks, that was quick! Do you have a preference for a certain brand/type of hay net? We have a Busy Snacker for the time when one of our horse's was on stall rest. Our other horse (for whom I'm asking this question) has never used it or taken to it.


                  • #10
                    Always, regardless of distance. Let's 'em do something that keeps 'em occupied
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                    • #11
                      I have small hole hay nets and a slant load w/o mangers. I had a horse manage to paw a normal hay net yrs ago and get hung in it (yes it was hung full and high and and and). So a small hole, or a hay bag, is my preference. I hang it intertwined with the window bars, and against the slant wall to their left...if you can visualize that, so the horse can stand straight and snooze or sneeze, or nip a bite of hay from just beside their face. I haul often enough (about once a week most of the year) that there's pretty much always hay in there. If it gets old it gets chunked, of course.


                      • #12
                        Yes, always, unless it is less than 30 minutes drive. Don't want to increase the risk of colic or ulcer any more than necessary.

                        Also we don't use any hay nets. Instead, we use hay bags. After seeing horses got hung up and cut themselves horrid by hay nets, I banished them from my barn.


                        • #13
                          I was traveling Thanksgiving weekend and had a horse choke on hay in the trailer. I was taken in by a lovely family, and my vet drove 100 miles to come treat the horse. My vet and I were treated to a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and true southern hospitality. We spent a great weekend with our hosts and even went quail hunting with them. Horse people are just the best!


                          • #14
                            I alwasy do, I use a large cotton haynet, fits almost a whole bale. I usually am spending a few hours wherever I am going so the hay net goes with the horse into the stall
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                            • #15
                              i do, but does she eat it - no, not until we stop.
                              but i figured it's there if she wants it. makes me feel good. that's probably the only valid reason i can offer
                              i use a cotton/poly lined bag. hangs in the corner of my stock type horse trailer. she hauls loose so at least theoretically she could eat out of the bag and clean up whatever falls on the floor, but as i said before, she doesn't until we get to our destination.
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                              • #16
                                Yes it keeps them occupied and quiet.
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                                • #17
                                  Most places I go are under 20 minutes, so I don't bother. The odd trip that is over an hour I will. But when they are hanging in the trailer at a show or something I always give them hay.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Carolinadreamin' View Post
                                    Thanks, that was quick! Do you have a preference for a certain brand/type of hay net? We have a Busy Snacker for the time when one of our horse's was on stall rest. Our other horse (for whom I'm asking this question) has never used it or taken to it.
                                    I like the small hole hay nets- I got mine at Dover on sale for like $9.99/ each. I have used hay bags but they are easily destroyed IMHO, even they heavy duty ones. If I have a horse loose in a box stall, then I do hay on the floor.
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                                    So you might as well have a good time"


                                    • #19
                                      Yes. I use small hole hay nets. I used to use hay bags, but they'd just throw it all on the floor.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Gloria View Post
                                        Yes, always, unless it is less than 30 minutes drive. Don't want to increase the risk of colic or ulcer any more than necessary.

                                        Also we don't use any hay nets. Instead, we use hay bags. After seeing horses got hung up and cut themselves horrid by hay nets, I banished them from my barn.
                                        We always have hay in the trailer when hauling and feel hay bags safer, too.
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