Antioxidants, Digestive & Gut Health, Gastric Ulcers, Horse Health, Transporting Horses

Top Tips to Prepare your Horse Before Transport

Understanding the Health Risks in Transporting Horses

Tips to prepare for transport

In the week leading up to the journey:

  • Ensure your horses are calm and confident when loading and travelling in a horse float or truck.
  • Check that the float or truck has adequate ventilation and does not accumulate exhaust fumes.
  • For long journeys, plan your 4 hourly rest stops at safe locations.
  • If your horse is fussy about drinking ‘strange’ water, teach him or her to accept water flavoured with weak molasses, apple juice or cordial.
  • Give Farmalogic Rejuvenate powder as a source of live yeast probiotics every day from 3-5 days prior to travel, even for short journeys. Farmalogic B-Good Paste can be given instead of Rejuvenate powder on the day of and the day after transport.
  • Consider beginning preventative ulcer medications (from your vet) &/or Farmalogic ReLEAF as a source of proven nutraceuticals.
  • Pack spare feeds and hay to allow time to transition onto newly purchased feeds if the horse will be away for an extended period.
  • Ensure the regular diet contains adequate levels of plain salt (at least 7g/day salt per 100 kg horse bodyweight) to optimize hydration and electrolyte balance prior to travel.
  • Ensure the regular diet contains adequate levels of antioxidants including vitamin E and selenium. Farmalogic Melox can be used to top up levels during transport and following heavy work and competition.

Guidelines to help your horses arrive at their destination in a healthier state and ready to perform to their potential.

  • Click here to learn about the health risks in transporting horses.
  • Click here for Tips for keeping your horse healthy during transport
  • Click here for Tips for recovery from transport

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