Travel Tips for Horses: Part 1, by Kentucky Performance Products

Spring is here, which means it’s time to think about traveling with your horses. This series offers travel tips for horses. The first part offers tips about planning ahead.

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Begin changes early

It is important to change your horse’s diet and feeding schedule as little as possible.

If you know you won’t be able to stick to your normal feeding schedule, begin to acclimate your horse to the new schedule seven to ten days prior to your departure

If your horse is normally out on pasture all day, you will need to start slowly weaning him off grass and start adding hay to the diet so his digestive tract has time to adapt to the change.

It is best to take enough hay and concentrate (grain or pellets) to last the entire trip.

If you can’t take all of your hay and concentrate with you, be sure to take enough so that you can slowly introduce new feedstuffs (both hay and concentrates) over a five- to seven-day period.

If you have a picky horse that isn’t fond of strange water, bring water from home or acclimate your horse to flavored water before you leave on your trip.

Traveling is stressful for horses.

Regardless of how careful you are, some change and stress is inevitable; therefore, horses on the go can benefit from added support through nutritional supplementation.

Travel supplement checklist

You can download a printable version of this infographic here.

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Performance horses are susceptible to exercise-induced muscle damage. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, limits the damage caused by everyday oxidative stress. It maintains healthy muscle and nerve functions, and supports a strong immune system in horses of all ages. Elevate was developed to provide a highly bioavailable source of natural vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopheryl acetate) to horses.

Check out this KPP article: Vitamin E and the Performance Horse – A Winning Combination.

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