How to Prepare & Protect Your Horse!

If you need to transport your horse it is always a good idea to be organised and prepare for the journey, particularly if you will be travelling for a long time.

Our box is well padded and maintained to ensure the risk to your horse is minimised when travelling.

However you have a duty of care to your horse’s welfare when travelling, so consider how to make the journey safe and comfortable for him.

Travelling can be distressing for some horses, and many know what is coming as soon as those travel boots come out!

Travel equipment is not compulsory but needs to be a carefully considered choice to ensure your horses needs and welfare requirements are considered. If you wish to look up the legal implications for travelling horses, you can find more advice here.

So here is my advice, when it comes to choosing equipment:

Poll Guards will protect the top of the horses head, where the atlas and axis are. You can get nice soft neoprene ones that attach to the head collar.  You can use more substantial poll guard, but please ensure that your horse is happy wearing these before transporting.

Tail Guards & Tail Bandages are applied to protect the dock of the horse (the end of the back bone in the tail).  However, if it causes your horse distress please consider your use.  Tail bandages applied too tightly can cut off circulation and as a result your can severely injure your horse.  Therefore if travelling for a long time a tail guard may be a better choice than a bandage as they are not as tight.

Leg Protection My preference is that travel boots should only be used for short journeys.  The reason I say this, is that sometimes: the horse dislikes the boots and kicks out; they have tendency to slip; if incorrectly fitted can be a real hazard; and as a result the horse injure himself. Travel boots when used correctly are quick to apply and give good protection and therefore easy to us.  But if you intend to travel your horse from one area of the country to another,  Brushing boots or well fitted bandages (again either fleece or if elasticated ensure there is good padding such as fibagee or wraps so not to restrict circulation) will provide more comfort and have less chance of slipping or coming off during transit.

As will all things, try things on before you travel, do NOT leave it to last minute to decide that you do/don’t need things, and always risk assess if they are suitable, comfortable and safe for your horse as a priority and not whether they match and he looks nice!

I hope this helped you and if you need any help or advice get in touch.

Emma – Nags on the Move