Pro­vide Ven­ti­la­tion

Trail Rider - - TRIP TIPS -

Ven­ti­la­tion is essential in your trailer year-round to help your horse avoid res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, in­clud­ing ship­ping fever (a se­vere res­pi­ra­tory ail­ment). In sum­mer, good ven­ti­la­tion also helps your trav­el­ing horse stay cool.

Good win­dows (with screens to keep out road de­bris) and roof vents will help cir­cu­late air for evap­o­ra­tive cool­ing and pro­vide a con­stant sup­ply of fresh air to aid res­pi­ra­tory health.

Tip: The open area in front of the breast bar will al­low your horse to drop his head and neck, which is the only way he can clear his res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem. If you tie him, leave enough slack in the rope to al­low him to drop his head, but not so much slack that he could catch a hoof in the lead rope. — Jessica Jahiel, PhD (www.jes­si­ca­jahiel.com)

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Good win­dows (with screens to keep out road de­bris) and roof vents will help cir­cu­late air for evap­o­ra­tive cool­ing and pro­vide a con­stant sup­ply of fresh air.

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