Advice and Tips

Loading Your Horse

Horse ready to travel

Horse ready to travel

If possible before your date of travel, practice loading with your horse in a friend’s trailer or lorry. Try to choose a quiet time when the horse is relaxed and happy and as few distractions as possible.

I have found it is much better to do it by yourself, with maybe just one other person to help you as “too many cooks spoil the broth”. Give your horse lots of praise once it is loaded and maybe give him his tea. Do not leave him on his own as this could re-enforce any fear he may have. Remember, PATIENCE is the key.

Please do let me know before the date of travel if you are aware of any loading problems your horse may have so that we can work together to successfully load your horse.


Protection for your horse during their Journey

Leg wraps

Leg wraps

Travel bandage

Travel bandage

It’s a good idea to accustom your horse to wearing travel boots or bandages if he has not worn these before.

Horses soon get used to these if you just pop them on periodically. If your horse really does not like the feel of travel boots, I find using a length of gamgee and bandage is just as good or leg wraps. See illustration and pictures.



Tail Bandage

Tail Bandage

Tail Protection – Don’t neglect to put a tail bandage on your horse. You would be surprised how badly a horse can rub their tail without adequate protection on even a short journey. If you don’t want to use a bandage, there are some excellent padded tail protectors on the market today.

Don’t forget, if you are not happy putting on leg protection or bandages I am happy to do this for you.