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Stalling away from home.

With the new year approaching you may have plans to travel more. Here are some great things to have and do when you stall at a competition.

Stall Checklist:

Extra Hay

Extra Grain

Horse Hydrator

3 Water Buckets & Straps

1 Bucket or Rubber pan for grain

Fan

Disinfectant for stall

Animal Bedding Pellets

Water hose

Mvp Gastro-plex paste

Draw it Out

   









    Upon arriving at the show it is always ideal to locate your stall prior to unloading. This is a great time to disinfect the stall with a spray that is equine friendly. As you head to get your horses try and locate water so you know if you need to bring a hose back with you. Since water taste can vary, a horse Hydrator is a great way to keep a horse drinking as you travel. One of the first things I do after unloading is water my horse. 2-3 water buckets are ideal and they should be refreshed and full the entire stay. Do not wait until they get low to refill, any time you can add water do so. If the water is dirty always dump and get fresh water.

3 Must Haves In Your Trailer For The New Year!

    It is extremely important to know what your horse will be standing on in the stall. Concrete is very hard on a horse and if rubber mats are available I highly suggest getting them or any type of padding to keep your horse up off the concrete. I will then use animal bedding pellets as a base to absorb any wetness and smell. You can use the pellets for the entire stall, but if your traveling you may not be able to pack enough so you can always purchase shavings at the show.

    Year round I like to hang fans unless it’s cold enough to need a blanket. Keeping the fresh air moving into you horses stall is  crucial! Especially when it is hot.

    Traveling can cause a horses stomach to become upset. This is why I always pack MVP Gastro-plex paste. You can administer it before hauling, when you arrive and each day as needed. It will soothe the stomach and keep your horse eating. When feeding I will split my Omolene 200. If your horse has a tendency to go off of feed you can split your grain and hay up into 3 meals vs 2. This always seems to help. Keep some hay in front of your horse as much as possible while you are away.

    Lastly remember to hand walk your horse and allow them a chance to roll several times through the day. Avoid turning them loose in large pens to keep them from hurting themselves. If your horse stocks up when stalled be sure to have Draw it out and no bows to keep your horses legs tight. You can apply as much as needed.

Stalling away from home can be a challenge, but if you are prepared it will go smoothly!