in order to keep your horse's drinking water smelling and tasting familiar. This will reduce unwanted fluctuations in your horse's water intake.
Alternatively, you might want to try feeding your horse electrolytes during and before your trip to encourage it to drink more frequently. Exercise caution if you choose to go this route; upping a horse's salt intake without also providing more water can lead to health problems.
This is a quick checklist you can use to confer with your veterinarian prior to your trip:
* Vital sign assessment
* Hydration needs on the road
* Protection against respiratory illnesses
* Electrolyte use
* Assembling full health documentation
* Preparing a first aid kit for transport
* Transportation feeding arrangements
* Transport management strategies and best practices
Any horse trailer for a long-distance trip will need the following supplies:
* A supply of familiar water - 24 hours' worth at a minimum
* Water flavoring (if you are using any)
* A supply of hay which the horse is accustomed to. If at all possible, bring enough to feed him for the full duration of the trip plus a few days after arrival