How to travel with your horse - and protect it during transport

Traveling with horses, either because a visit to the vet or equine hospital is necessary, or simply for pleasure to competitions or holidays, can be quite a hassle. The most important thing is that the horse arrives in the same shape and condition as when it left the stable. It is therefore important to provide the right protection for your horse during transport.

But how do you protect the horse during transport?

We have gathered the basic knowledge about what your horse should be equipped with to ensure protection from leg to tail.

How to protect the horse's legs

There are many types of transport gaiters that you can buy. There are high leggings that reach above the knees, smaller leggings that stop just below the knee, bandages of various kinds and the list goes on.

Not all horses, especially young ones, tolerate wearing the high gaiters - despite the fact that they need good protection during the ride. This is where the smaller leggings come into the picture, as a super good solution. Most horses that don't like high gaiters are able to accept those that go below the knee, as their mobility is not hindered.

Our Sahara multifunctional drying gaiters are an obvious choice of gaiters for transport, as they not only protect the sensitive tendons, but also dry the horse's legs if they are wet after training or after washing. If the horse has a tendency to step on his own hooves, it may be worth investing in overreach gaiters for extra protection. This can also help keep the horse's shoes on.

Young woman gives her horse Siccaro Sahara multifunctional drying gaiters on its legs

This is how you protect the horse's body

A blanket or light blanket may be worth investing in if you plan to travel with your horse for a longer period of time. Horses that really take up space in the trailer or horses that don't particularly like standing in there tend to lean against and push against the walls. With constant friction and pressure on the horse, the coat can be damaged and lose its shine, which we want to avoid.

A smart solution to this is to invest in a blanket for the horse. Our own sweat-wicking Cocoon bamboo fleece blanket is a good bet. The blanket is light, breathable and sweat-wicking, making it perfect for use after training. It is also made with bamboo fibres, which have natural antibacterial properties.

Young woman stands with her horse, which is dressed in the Siccaro Cocoon sweat blanket in bamboo color, as well as Siccaro Sahara multifunctional drying gaiters on its legs

How to protect the horse's tail

As mentioned earlier, not all horses are equally excited about having to go into a trailer and stand there for a long time while being driven. Horses that push themselves up against the walls or posts also risk injuring their tails. The root of the tail is particularly vulnerable, so if you have a horse that is a bit restless or moody in the trailer, it might be worth getting a tail bag.

We have our own Wrapido , which is not only a tail bag for everyday use and good for protection in the stable and during transport, but which is also specially developed to dry the tail and keep it free from tangles while it dries. You attach the Wrapido close to the root, put the tail in, twist the bag with the tail in around and close with the Velcro strap. Easy and effective!

A man dries his horse's wet tail with the Siccaro Wrapido horse tail drying bag

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