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Transporting Horses

Travel Sickness

January 2015

Moving horses interstate and internationally is a common occurrence in the equine industry. A disease associated with long distance movement is called Travel Sickness, also known as Shipping Fever or Pleuropneumonia. A respiratory disease of the lung tissue and pleural cavity (the space adjacent to the lungs in the chest), Pleuropneumonia has been a well recognised condition since the early 20th Century.

Healthy Transport

April 2014

This factsheet is designed to identify the issues with travel and outline recommendations that can be implemented to reduce the risk of problems occurring. The majority of horses are transported without incident. However, the clinical effects associated with transport can lead to illness. The chance of developing problems tends to increase with longer travel times.  Types of travel 

Breathing easy?

August 2012

The effects on roadside pollution on transported horses We are increasingly aware of the negative effects of pollution on our own, and the planet’s health. It is an accepted fact nowadays that increased traffic volumes inevitably mean higher levels of pollutants such as those caused by exhaust fumes. Cyclists are often seen wearing masks in city centres, to reduce the direct effects of roadside pollution. Modern prams and pushchairs are often designed so that the child or baby is elevated in order to avoid direct exposure to exhaust fumes in and around traffic.

Travel Safe

July 2012

Towing a Horse Float requires additional knowledge and skill. All Horse floats, trailers and caravans affect the performance of the towing vehicle. They affect fuel consumption, acceleration, braking ability, general control and manoeuvrability. These effects worsen as the size and weight of the horse float increases relative to that of the towing vehicle.  The extra length and width can be hard to manage, with wind, road roughness and passing vehicles having a greater effect than on the vehicle alone. This puts additional responsibilities on a driver.

Transporting your horse. Does travel position and angle have an effect on performance?

July 2012

Scientists in Italy recently published a study where twelve standardbred trotters were transported for 200km in three different positions: forwards, backwards, and sideways (in relation to direction of travel). Their aim was to assess the behaviour and physiological condition of the horses before and after travel, in an effort to ascertain the best direction of travel for horses.  


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