Hello all! Next week my husband and I will be hauling our two half draft mares from Southwest Michigan down to Lexington for an overnight stay. And then the next day hauling them on to our new property in North Carolina.
When we hauled them from our small horse farm (sold in Feb.) to another stable for a temporary stay (while my husband and our fence guy got fencing put up in North Carolina), both mares came out of the trailer drenched in sweat. The trip was a short one, about twenty minutes in length. Both have been trailered in the past two years for short distances to get them adjusted to loading and moving in our new trailer which is oversized for our 17 hand mare.
Our vet suggested giving them dormosedan before loading. After doing some online searches about this sedative, I found that this sedation does not last very long, maybe between 1 and a half to two or three hours in length.
Can anyone who has used it give me any tips, both pro and con as I have not used it before. Especially in regards to trailering horses. Your thoughts will be greatly appreciated! (vet said not to feed any hay while sedated.) Thank you for advice!