Tuesday, June 17, 2014
VCMBH: Travel Bug
L. at Viva Carlos asks us "What is your best tip for traveling with horses?"
Well I have never hauled my horses (never learned to pull a trailer and don't know how to drive a standard which is all we have right now) myself. My husband drives when we haul Chrome and the only places we've ever hauled him is to our old home when we picked him up as a weanling (three hours), to the vet (ten or fifteen minutes) and to our new home here (one hour). Yeah I need to remedy that! He is so sheltered!
My method for successful hauling of my horse is to let my husband take care of everything while I pile into the passenger seat in a puddle of terror and stare at the trailer praying that we don't get in an accident or that he doesn't fall and hurt himself....... yeah I have no idea why but I have horrible trailer anxiety (probably from all of the stories I've read of wrecks and accidents).
However someday I will have to grow a pair and learn to haul my horse (I've hauled my friend's horses just fine lol) and start going places with him if I want him to ever be more than a backyard ornament and occasional trail horse. When that happens I'll probably be begging you guys for advice, tips and checklists hehe. I do have one tip though that I learned on a Facebook group I'm a member of...
Haul your own water!!!!!! With the viruses going around it just really isn't safe to let them share with a bunch of unfamiliar horses. I have a friend who is in college in a different state for equine reproductive science or something like that and most of their barn just came down with strangles...... not cool! There was one lady on the Facebook group who took her stallion to get collected at a vet or breeding center and he came down with a virus from there. Also since Chrome is so dang picky about water anyway I'll probably haul my own. :)
P.S. Sorry I've been quiet on the blog and not riding Chrome, but we are FINALLY INSTALLING OUR KITCHEN!!!! YAY!!!! I'm so excited! And busy hehe. TTYL!