When it comes to shipping horses, there are so many different options as far as boots, wraps, padded halters, etc. Right now, I don’t actually have any shipping boots, so all Val gets is wrapped in standing wraps for the trip home after a weekend of showing. But I’m kind of paranoid when it comes to shipping, and that has definitely gotten worse now that Val is mine. So I’m looking at some options, and I want to know, what kind of protective measures do you take when your horse is being hauled somewhere?
It’s pretty hot down here, so whatever I get, it needs to breathable which is tricky. Dover has some shipping boots with mesh, but I don’t know how much difference that makes. I’ve also seen boots that were specifically made to be hosed off before you ship to keep them cool which is neat, but I can’t seem to find those again. While standing wraps provide pretty good protection, I’d prefer something that covered the whole lower leg, pasterns and all, with velcro for easy on and off. I’m one to boot for every trip with my own horses at least, just because accidents happen getting on and off as well as in the trailer.
I’m not currently planning to get a shipping halter that has fleece all over it, but I do make a point to only ship in leather. I don’t give Val anything for his tummy either, since he seems to do pretty well, but I also haven’t looked much into the benefits of doing so.
So tell me blogosphere, how do you protect your precious ponies when shipping? Does it vary based on the length of the drive or what you’re planning to do when you get to your destination?