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It's Official!!! We're moving: Advice, horse motel recommendations needed

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  • It's Official!!! We're moving: Advice, horse motel recommendations needed

    We are officially moving WA to KY on or around Jan 3, and I'm super excited! Four horses, one of them is a 22 year old QH, plus me, a dog, a cat, and my parents are flying out to help with the driving as they love road trips.

    I've found horse motels on the horse motel international website, and we plan on going to Stockton, CA, then Gallup, NM, then Claremore, OK, then home. That makes our longest driving time 14 hours, and we plan on stopping for about a half hour every three to four hours and letting them stand still and eat and water. I have long-distance driving experience, and my DH has a lot of long-distance horse hauling experience. My parents can drive a loooooong time with no issues.

    We have a four horse gooseneck and will be putting feed, hay and water in the UHaul so they don't change hay. I have them on Haystack feed, which is a beetpulp, alfalfa, timothy, rice bran, and flax seed mix and am starting them on Platinum Performance this week for the joint support and the Biosponge. I've already been flavoring the water with small amounts of Gatorade powder, which is my usual travel routine anyway. All paperwork is up to date, and the health certificates will be done a couple days prior to us leaving. Brand inspections are done, and shots were done earlier in the year already, so no extra immune system stress. I've thought about starting APF supplement for additional immune support. The vet is going to run a baseline CBC on my 22 year old this week as well. I'm also not tying short to help prevent shipping fever, and have the trailer ties worked out. All the horses load well, and we've done a trial run of going to a new place in the dark, and it went really well for everyone.

    Once they get home, they have everything set up already. We'll plan human lodging after we get our horse route set. I'd like to have additional horse motel options along our route so we can stop if we're tired, but I'm not finding much along I-40. I think I've got more taken care of than I'm thinking of, but this is what I've got written out at this point.

    Any advice, shipping advice, lodging advice, places to stop with horses overnight advice is appreciated.
    Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay

  • #2
    We are in Lexington with two "backyard horse" farms. If you need anything short term, parking trailers, stalls etc just shout. welcome back to the horse capitol of the world.


    • #3
      Just outside of Amarillo is a horse motel called Happy Tracks or Happy Trails....
      at an I-40 exit with a Loves on the other side. They also have a bunk house or two with very clean but eclecticly furnished rooms. Some of the stalls have attached outdoor runs. Stayed there back in 2002 when we moved two of our horses ourselves (2 horse trailer), third one came commercial shipper.


      • #4
        since you have the time now you should plan a contingency route farther south as I-40 in early January can get snowed in


        • #5
          Clanter, good point. My trip to Denver went north to Kansas and then west to Denver to avoid snow/ice storms along our "southern" route. We came back down I-25, thru NM and
          panhandle/Amarillo area and walking was pretty treacherous. Didn't let the horses out into
          the little turnout areas off their stalls at Happy Tracks/Trails. Had to back the trailer up as close to the barndoor as possible to load them.


          • #6
            Congrats on the move, it sounds like you have planned your trip out quite well.

            You didn't mention US Rider, but make sure you have it!

            Also, keep in mind Stockton has the 2nd highest crime rate in California. I'm sure you'll be safe where your horses are, but just make sure you pick a good hotel and make sure everything is tucked away and locked. I'm not trying to scare you, just want to make you aware.
            Last edited by jenm; Nov. 26, 2012, 12:44 PM. Reason: added info
            Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


            • #7
              I remember that Amarillo had a bad ice and snow storm a few years ago between Christmas and New Year's Day that closed Interstate 40 for several days! I suggest that you have a contingency plan just in case.


              • #8
                Just adding that the only livestock inspection station I recall was in AZ. Plenty of weigh stations everywhere, this one was specifically for livestock and it was about halfway to Flagstaff from Needles on I 40.

                Good luck on your trip.
                Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
                Incredible Invisible


                • Original Poster

                  Does anyone else have horse motel ideas? I'm really limited on routes because of the horse motel issue. I know some state fairgrounds have drop in stabling, but I'd rather go to somewhere with turnout, no matter how limited. All I found was Horse Motels International as far as websites, and AAA doesn't have horse advice I don't want to push the move off any further as January is the earliest we can leave, and I am actually 4.5 months in foal myself I don't want to drive that far any more preggers, and I do NOT want to do it with a newborn. The 22 year old is going to be the kid's pony, so he needs to make it in good shape. I promised her a pony before I conceived her Any advice for older horses?
                  Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay


                  • #10
                    Congrats on the move and the baby on the way.

                    Maybe you already do this but I didn't see it mentioned- purchase from your current vet enough banamine and bute to treat your horses along the trip. If you have any concerns you could give him a ring and the two of you decide on the dosage or whether you must find a vet in the area for treatment. I'd carry along some electrolyte paste, enough for each horse to have a couple daily doses.

                    I've driven 40 from CA to NM and it is a nice interstate with minimal mountains to deal with so that part should be fairly easy for you. The weather will be what it will be so as someone said have a back up plan. You might try visiting a rodeo or barrel racing website. Those folks travel long distances a lot and might be a resource for overnight stabling along your route.


                    • #11
                      Candle - You might look here and see if there are B&B's on your route.



                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Candle View Post
                        Does anyone else have horse motel ideas? I'm really limited on routes because of the horse motel issue. I know some state fairgrounds have drop in stabling, but I'd rather go to somewhere with turnout, no matter how limited. All I found was Horse Motels International as far as websites, and AAA doesn't have horse advice
                        Try this site:


                        I did a search just in CA and found a lot of options, including a place in Elk Grove which I would recommend over Stockton.
                        Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!


                        • #13
                          Livestock inspections in Arizona have been closed for about 2 years.


                          • #14
                            Congrats on Baby and Move! We'll be moving to KY in Feb. What area are you moving too?

                            I second horsetrip.com... I have a friend who has moved her horse cross country several times and has used that website with great success!


                            • Original Poster

                              Superminion, we're moving to Lexington. Actually, we're moving in with my parents I'm SO tired of commuting, I've been used to 2 hour commutes each way and then more to go see the horses, so I'm going to be able to see my family AND my horses every single day without driving so long I'm exhausted. They also have a long list lined up of friends and family who want to hold and play with the baby. I see a little bit of sleep in my future. Am totally okay with that. You're going to Louisville, right?
                              Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay


                              • #16
                                Another source for horse hotels is through www.traveinghorse.com I used this site when I hauled from FL to OK last year.
                                Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                                Bernard M. Baruch


                                • Original Poster

                                  Off Topic moment: I just found out I'm having a boy. I was really really convinced I was having a girl. I am in shock. See upcoming thread for ideas for boy pony-themed nursery

                                  What's the longest day you'd travel with the horses? Would adding a few extra days but making each day overall shorter be better than fewer, longer days? I was thinking that fewer overall days would be better because it's fewer places they have to settle into, and therefore less stress. Ideas?
                                  Somewhere in the world, Jason Miraz is Goodling himself and wondering why "the chronicle of the horse" is a top hit. CaitlinAndTheBay


                                  • #18
                                    If you're coming through Fort Collins, CO, I can hook you up with a safe place to overnight the ponies!


                                    • #19
                                      Bring a couple of cans of pure pumpkin in case dog has diarrhea.


                                      • #20
                                        Candle- We'll in in Louisville. Fort Knox, really. About an hour and a half from you... Poo! I'd be all over babysitting!

                                        As for the boy themed pony nursey...Rodeo!
                                        Last edited by Superminion; Nov. 29, 2012, 07:40 AM. Reason: I coffee have not yet had.