I somehow talked my job into letting me take two months off to go to Ocala this winter. Woo hoo!
That said, I’m a little nervous about hauling my horse from Northern Virginia (2h bp, just one horse). My longest haul has only been around two hours, so I’m looking for advice for the long drive. He travels really well and just eats the whole time. I did search and read what I could find.
Some things I wanted advice on…
Overnight layover: I’ll have a passenger with me, but they won’t be driving at all (generous, non-horsey person for safety and company). I will stop overnight to split up the time to make it easier on my horse. Any suggestions? I saw a place called Sally’s Ark (found it on horse motel.com) - anyone have experiences with it?
Water: He usually doesn’t even drink out of the buckets (with our farm water) when we go off farm. I’ll give him electrolytes and sloppy wet feed (he loves it and laps up every drop) the week before we leave. Any suggestions on how else to get him to drink/keep him hydrated? Was thinking more sloppy wet feed (only a handful of feed) each time we stop.
Also, is it worth getting a water tank installed so I don’t have to take so many containers?
Trailer divider: I’ve heard of people taking the middle divider out of a 2h trailer when only hauling one horse. I don’t want to do that, but is it ok to tie the back end over to the side so he has a little more room without the hassle of removing? I do worry that there wouldn’t be a butt bar though. Thoughts?
Florida line Ag station: I am getting a heath certificate and just got my updated electronic coggins. Any issues with printed e-coggins? First time for having these and I read to take the original, which is digital. Anything else I need on hand? What should I expect there? Do they make you take the horses off the trailer?
Any other tips are greatly appreciated, thanks!