Using Equiwinner™ on horses in trailers helps them adjust to different climates and with stress during transport.
Published February 25, 2018
If you travel to compete, you know that transporting horses can be fraught with challenges. One challenge is that all horses are stressed by travel even if you tell them your vehicle is road ready and they’re going south for the winter or back home after being away from their buddies. And that stress can affect their behavior, their health and their ability to perform at their normal level. They also might not drink well enough to stay hydrated.
Now there is something that can be added to your horse hauling checklist to make the trip easier so your horses arrive at your destination happy, hydrated and ready to compete.
Individual Equiwinner patches on horses in the trailer will help keep them calm and drinking, even if you’ve treated your horses with complete 10-day treatments already. We’ve had Equiwinner customers try it and they won’t travel far without patches on their horses.
Horses traveling comfortably with patches on.
Barrel racer Trula Churchill and 3x NFR qualifier has been traveling with “Worm” for years, and apparently he’s a pro and always travels well. But after trying patches during hauling, Trula gave us this feedback: “Sometimes when we travel to different climates, the drinking habits of our horses may change. I have used Equiwinner patches in the trailer during trips with weather/climate changes and my horses keep drinking adequately on these trips. They arrive at the event without being stressed or fatigued.”
Troy Fischer, a Canadian Champion header, hauls his horses back and forth between Arizona and Alberta with the seasons. Last April, when he hauled his six horses from Arizona back home to Alberta with Equiwinner patches on all of them, he was surprised. Compared to the trip down the previous December without patches when the horses fidgeted and needed to be rearranged a few times, the trip home in April was completely different. Troy said the horses didn’t pick at each other and he didn’t feel the trailer. The smoothest trip ever with six comfortable horses! Troy has now made the trip between AB and AZ twice with patches and won’t haul without them because the “horses hauled great!”
This is a good reason to always have an extra box of patches around, to use them individually during transport, or any stressful situation. An individual patch will help your horse with the stress and keep the electrolytes working properly when the patch is on the horse. This individual use of patches should not replace your horses’ regular 10-day treatments since there is no long term lasting effect from individual patches. Remember, an individual patch is only good for 24 hours. If you’re traveling for 2 days, use a new patch each day, just like during a 10-day treatment.