Travelling your horse can take a lot out of your horse so being prepared for life on the road is key. We asked top professional show judge, producer and rider and Aloeride sponsored rider Loraine Homer for her top tips for travel happy this summer…
- If you are planning a long journey in the lorry and your horse is not used to travelling, then take him out for a few short trips leading up the day, otherwise you might find he won’t be so willing to make the return journey!
- Try and travel early in the morning or later in the evenings, when traffic is lighter and the temperature has cooled.
- If travelling on a long journey, stop to give your horse fresh water drinks at various points along the way, especially if it is a hot summer’s day. If your horse is a reluctant drinker, bring your own water supply for the day and add apple flavouring to encourage drinking.
- Travelling can take a lot out of your horse, so make sure you take into account his diet and nutritional support. We feed Aloeride because it not only keeps them looking and feeling great during a busy season but supports a healthy gut function, which is imperative for any competition horse.
- Good ventilation is key in a lorry, so make sure air vents and windows are open so there is good air circulation in the horse compartment.
- Make sure you know where you going! Sounds simple but check your route for height, weight and width restrictions before setting your sat nav.
- Allow for delays so that even if you are a little late you still have time to prepare for your horse and yourself.
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