Who doesn’t love a good road trip? However as soon as you add horses into the mix things can become a little more stressful. Whether its a 30 minute drive or a 30 hour drive there is so many more things to have on hand and to think about. In my case anyways, those creatures in the trailer are my entire life and I am constantly thinking of ways to better their training or health. I am a sucker for a slick, shiney and happy horse.
I am lucky enough have some incredible professionals in my life to learn from and ask questions. Kathy Knies with Blackwing Equine Therapy and Shelly Nyuli with Sciencepure Nutraceuticals are not only my guidance councillors but have become our family. We also rely heavily on Back on Track products not only for our horses but for us. I can personally say without their knee brace I could not accomplish what I do in a day. I have instant relief with their products.
Besides my two therapists on speed dial, I am going to start with some of my favourite items to have in the trailer in addition to your standard vet kit.
Feed products and health for your horse is a topic I could go on and on about. Having a healthy horse plays a big part in hauling, just completing a 30 hour drive I can say it definitely look a lot out of them. I keep my horses on a custom feed program designed for each horse by Kathy Knies and Shelly Nyuli. I will list their numbers on the bottom and highly suggest giving them a call to set up a feed program for your horse. I truly feel every horse is different and what they need changes a few times a year. Its amazing the difference you will see in your horse when they are happy and healthy, something both of those amazing women can help you achieve.
Routine is another thing I want to talk about. We don’t generally take our horses out of the trailer until we arrive at our destination which is at most 10 hours. We like to water them in the trailer and they have feed in there of course. We have found it causes more stress unloading them in a strange place for a few minutes and then loading them back in the trailer. Unless you have an hour or so to take them out and let them settle down, we find it more effective to just keep them in there. I have been known to go a little overboard on the routine side of things... I mean I can't honestly say applying a travel blend of oils to their poll or using shipping boots is necessary but I sure love to do it! If I'm just going a short distance I like to put on a Back on Track blanket and boots so their muscles are warm and ready to go when I arrive.
Now a days there is a million products and different ways to do everything, I am by no means pushing anything on anyone or saying the way I do things is the best way. Different strokes for different folks. I am just sharing what has worked for us. Feel free to comment and let us know any tips you guys have, you can always learn something from everyone.
Kathy Knies-Blackwing Equine Therapy Shelly Nyuli- Sciencepure Nutraceuticals