Hauling horses over long distance is quite stressful for them, but it can be managed easily with an understanding of good trailering practices.

Preparation The vehicle and trailer you select for distance hauling should both be reliable. Well in advance of your trip, you should have your hauling vehicle and trailer serviced to ensure both are equipped for a long haul. Verify that:

  • All lights are in working order;
  • Brakes are fully operational;
  • Doors fully open and close, and can be secured properly;
  • Vents fully open and close;
  • Windows fully open and close;
  • The trailer floor has been thoroughly checked;
  • Emergency trailer brake box has been tested and is in working order;
  • Tire pressure is adjusted according to the manufacturer’s suggested levels;
  • The spare tire is accessible and properly inflated; and
  • The vehicle is stocked with an appropriate trailer and truck jack as well as tire chocks

It is especially important that the trailer used for long distance horse transport has adequate ventilation and ample space to accommodate the size of the horses hauled.

Your horse also needs to be prepared for the long transport. Make sure your horse safely and calmly loads and unloads from the trailer. You might need to spend time well in advance of the journey training your horse.

Additionally you need to have proof that your horse has the proper testing, vaccinations, and meets the health requirements for the state into which you are traveling. At a minimum all state to state travel requires a current neg