|Horse Trailer Travel Plans U.S.A|
As mentioned in our previous article, if your destination state is farther than 10 hours away you will need to find a lay-over destination.
It’s important to include: a 30-minute break every 4 hours so take into consideration traffic conditions when figuring out where your lay-over destination will be located.
This part of your planning can be tricky and frustrating as locations and availability may be an issue. Unless you know the geography of certain towns and where the interstates cross, it can be extremely difficult to find lay-overs at just the right intervals when traveling.
This is exactly the reason Horse Nannies International was created. Providing you with a convenient “stable away” is one it’s top priorities. Horse Nannies International also allow you to access horse people / caretakers who can come to your barn and tend to your animals while you are away.
When making travel away arrangements, the following questions will help you determine what to bring and what is expected.
Once you have decided where you will be staying, you need to familiarise yourself with all the laws for Coggins and CVI papers (use this link www.interstatelivestock.com for every state you will be passing through as well as your destination state). You should also check the site www.equinediseasecc.org and speak with your vet about any other needed vaccinations.
Unfortunately, you can’t always plan for everything and sometimes accidents are unavoidable. In these situations, it is beneficial to have equestrian roadside assistance insurance. You may be thinking you already have insurance but there are some differences between regular road side insurance and equestrian road side assistance insurance.
If you are not sure if it’s worth the extra money then look at what the equestrian roadside assistance plan covers. The top priority should you have an accident or breakdown while hauling your horses is the safety and health of your animals. If they become injured or sick the program will guide you to a qualified veterinarians and other horse professionals anywhere in the Continental US, Alaska, and Canada.
Our next article will bring you more tips on travelling with your horses but in the meantime, make sure, if you haven’t already, to join Horse Nannies International (it’s free!) and make use of all the website has to offer.
Happy travels! 😀
Christy lives in Arkansas and has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an Equine Science minor. She has owned horses and worked in the horse industry most of her adult life and loves training horses, some of which have gone on to win barrels and poles at the Arkansas State Horse Show. Christy says she can’t imagine a life without horses. She also writes a blog for an Instagram account: @eqstyletheory