How We Reduce Transport Stress in Horses

Posted on 13th Nov 2017

Like humans, horses can also get stressed out when travelling. They may feel sick after being transported, or they won't be able to perform as they did before. This is why it's important to make all the necessary preparations before you transport your horses from A to B.

What Is Horse Transport Stress?

Stress is the sum of all the adverse effects of negative factors in the environment or management system that forces changes in the horse's physiology or behaviour. There are different factors that can contribute to horse transport stress. These include the animal's discomfort with the transport vehicle, motion or noise, road conditions, footing or balance issues, as well as temperature and humidity among other things.

Tips to Reduce Horse Transport Stress

To prevent your horse from being stressed out before, during, and after transport, here are a few tips to consider.

1. Apart from the duration of the journey, for a horse, loading is the most stressful part of being transported. This is why you should train the horse to load, unload, and haul quietly beforehand. Training will help the animal get used to being loaded, thus, reducing the amount of stress it will experience during the loading process.

2. Choose a van or trailer that is suitable for your horse's size and temperament. Ideally, you should select one that will allow the horse to lower its head. But no matter what kind of transport vehicle you choose, you must inspect it thoroughly to ensure the safety and comfort of your horse during transit.

3. Plan the route so you can help reduce travel duration as much as possible, as well as avoid extremes in weather or environment temperatures or anything that can cause delays.

Choose the Right Horse Transportation Company

Choosing a reliable transportation company can go a long way towards making the trip more pleasant and less stressful for your horse. This is why you should do a bit of research and ensure that the company is skilled and experienced in handling horses. Darwin Horse Floats has over 30 years of experience in the horse transportation industry so you can trust us to give your horse the care it deserves. Give us a call today.