In an ever shrinking world, equine transport is extremely common. Like people, horses are traveling more and more. With the British Horseracing Authority aiming to treble international investment in the sport, equine transport is growing in demand.
NRT International is one of the leading international horse transportation services in the UK and we strive to provide equine transport services for racehorses, owners, studs and bloodstock businesses.
We want to share our top tips for equine transport with you, helping you to achieve the highest levels of quality, comfort and safety for your horse(s).
1. Training is key
In order to reduce stress levels, we recommend that owners to train the horse to load, unload and haul quietly. It is important you are patient when loading and relaxed.
2. Don’t forget the passport!
Yes that is right, horses have passports too. Make sure you remember the correct paperwork, including passport and health records especially when crossing the border.
3. Plan your route
Ensure the route has been planned in advance to minimise disruption. Also make sure you check weather and environmental conditions which could affect the horse’s behaviour and health.
4. Weigh the horse
It is normal for a horse to lose weight during transportation. This can be due to dehydration, manure and urine excretion, sweating and reduced nutrient intake. Ensure you weigh the horse before and after travel to monitor recovery period.
5. A top-notch halter
The halter for the horse should be tailored and leather, offering the horse ultimate comfort during the journey.
6. Check point of arrival
Keep your destination informed of your date and time of arrival just in case special requirements are needed.
7. Hydration and Nutrients
Every three to six hours, clean water should be offered and food should be regularly supplied.
8. Emergency Procedure
An emergency procedure should be in place in case the horse requires medical assistance which could range from dehydration to emergency splinting.
It is likely a horse will become ill within the first few days of arrival, therefore always ensure that a medical plan is in place for the treatment of the horse.
Regular monitoring of the horse is crucial after arrival and during the stay in the new location. Monitoring should happen daily and until the horse is ready to travel home.
We hope you’ve found the above tips useful. Equine transport is a very delicate operation, that’s why it is always advisable to get professional help. NRT International is one of the UK’s leading horse transporters and we are always available to offer expert advice and let you know how we can help you – whatever the situation.
Give us a call on 01638 663155, or click here for more information.