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Your Next Adventure Awaits – Enjoying RV Travel with Horses

There's nothing more exhilarating than exploring new trails and attending equestrian events. But if you're an equestrian RV owner, you know traveling with horses poses unique challenges. From finding stabling to ensuring they’re well-fed, the list can seem endless. This guide is designed to help you make your next trip smooth and enjoyable.

Prioritize the Well-being of Your Horses

When traveling with horses, safety is paramount. Ensuring the well-being of your equine companions should always be your top priority. A stressed or uncomfortable horse can make any trip a nightmare. Always start by checking the condition of your RV, equine motorcoach, and horse trailer. Look for any wear and tear that could pose a risk during the trip.

Research Your Route

Before hitting the road, it's crucial to research your route thoroughly. Not only should you know where you're going, but you should also identify potential problems along the way. This is especially important if you’re traveling long distances. Google Maps and other apps can help, but consider joining equestrian forums where experienced travelers share their routes and tips.

Plan Your Stops

Planning your stops in advance is essential for a smooth trip. Horses need regular breaks to stretch and relax, just like humans do. Identify rest areas with stabling facilities ahead of time to ensure you’re not left scrambling. Websites like TopHorseTrails offer valuable resources for finding suitable stops.

Check Your Equipment

Before any trip, inspect your RV or trailer thoroughly. Ensure the tires are in good condition, the brakes work perfectly, and all lights function properly. A breakdown on the road is inconvenient and can be stressful for your horses.

Stock Up on Essentials

Make a checklist of all the essentials you'll need for your trip. This includes hay, water, first aid kits, and grooming supplies. Don’t forget any medications your horses might need. Ensuring you have everything on hand will give you peace of mind and help you handle unexpected issues more effectively.

Secure the Interior

Inside your RV or trailer, make sure everything is securely fastened. Loose items can shift during travel, causing injury to your horses. Use stable mats and padding to make the interior as comfortable as possible.

Plan Your Horse’s Diet

Maintaining a regular feeding schedule is crucial when traveling. Horses have sensitive digestive systems, and any sudden changes can cause colic. Bring enough of your horse’s usual feed to last the entire trip, and avoid changing their diet immediately before or during travel.

Keep Them Hydrated

Hydration is vital for your horse’s health. Dehydration can lead to serious health issues. Bring plenty of water from home, as horses may refuse to drink unfamiliar water. Portable water tanks and buckets can make this easier.

Recognize Signs of Stress

Horses can easily become stressed during travel. Look out for signs such as sweating, rapid breathing, or refusal to eat and drink. Knowing these signs can help you take immediate action to make your horse more comfortable.

Check Reviews

Before booking a stabling facility, read the reviews. Other travelers’ experiences can give you valuable insights into the quality and safety of the facility. Look for comments on cleanliness, security, and overall quality. And remember to confirm in advance of your arrival.

Traveling with horses requires careful planning and attention to detail, but the rewards are well worth the effort. By prioritizing your horse's safety, planning your route, and connecting with the equestrian community, you can create unforgettable experiences.

Many of the team at Rick's RV Center are equestrians too, so we are always here to support you on your journeys.

Call to schedule an RV or Trailer Inspection, Service, or Repair: 619-440-8616


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