Poll Recap: Hot-Weather Horse Transport Concerns

Of the 502 poll respondents, 224 (45%) said their biggest concern is keeping horses from overheating in the trailer.
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Hot-Weather Horse Transport Concerns
Of the 502 poll respondents, 224 (45%) said their biggest concern is keeping horses from overheating in the trailer. | Photo: iStock
Some horses just seem to travel better than others, but when you add heat and humidity into the mix, even the seasoned equine traveler can become distressed.

There are numerous things to consider when transporting horses during the summer. What worries you the most when you have to take a trip with your horse in the summer heat? We asked our readers just that in last week’s online poll. More than 500 people responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 502 respondents, 224 (45%) said their biggest concern when transporting horses during hot weather is keeping the horses from overheating. Another 103 individuals (21%) are most concerned about keeping their horses hydrated, and 69 people (14%) worry most about keeping horses calm and cool. An additional 68 respondents (14%) are most concerned about providing adequate ventilation while transporting horses, and the remaining 38 respondents (8%) have other concerns not mentioned in the poll.

Additionally, more than 40 people shared comments about their concerns while transporting horses during hot weather. Many said they’re concerned about all of the choices mentioned, while other shared specific concerns

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Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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