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Tips for Trailering Horses Long Distances

Protect your horse's health with these five tips to reduce trailering stress.

From AQHA corporate partner Boehringer Ingelheim

Hauling your horse may seem routine, but it often creates stress. Journal photo

Traveling, training and showing horses can all cause stress, and potentially, ulcers.

One result from these stressors may be equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS), a disease prevalent across all breeds, disciplines and ages.

In fact, EGUS can develop quickly, sometimes in as little as five days.

Keeping your horse comfortable in the trailer can help reduce the risk of EGUS development and help ensure that your horse is ready to perform when you arrive.

AQHA's Common Horse Health Issues e-book points you in the right direction to keep your horse not only comfortable, but truly healthy. This valuable report arms you with the knowledge you need to be a responsible horse owner.

Before loading up next, keep these five simple steps in mind to minimize stress:

    1. Plan to trailer during the coolest hours of the day during hot weather.
    1. Wrap your horse's legs for extra support.
    1. Provide safe footing. Rubber mats and shavings can help stabilize your horse and help eliminate some stress.
    1. Stop every four hours to allow your horse to relax and to offer your horse water and hay.
    1. Consider giving Ulcergard (omeprazole) to help prevent stomach ulcers, which can be painful.

Management changes can help reduce the effects of stress, but EGUS can still be a concern. Ulcergard is the only product approved by the FDA for the prevention of stomach ulcers. During the stress of traveling, showing or training, one daily dose of Ulcergard has been proven effective in preventing stomach ulcers over both short and long periods of time.

Hauling your horse may seem routine, but it often creates stress that can potentially affect your horse's overall health. The next time you are traveling with your horse, remember that just getting there can be stressful enough to cause EGUS. Ask your veterinarian about Ulcergard.

You're armed with the tools to protect your horse from ulcers caused by trailering stress. Now,learn more about your horse’s health with AQHA's Common Horse Health Issues e-book

Merial is now part of Boehringer Ingelheim.®ULCERGARD is a registered trademark of Merial.©2016 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved. EQUIUGD1650 (08/16)

Dr. April Covington specializes in equine health care and has a special interest in sport horse lameness and internal medicine. She holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of California-Davis.


Ulcergard (omeprazole) can be used in horses that weigh at least 600 pounds. The effectiveness of Ulcergard in the prevention of gastric ulcers in foals and weanlings has not been evaluated. Ulcergard may be used safely in breeding stallions. Safety in pregnant mares has not been determined.

When treated for 8 to 28 days, ULCERGARD is proven to effectively prevent stomach ulcers in horses exposed to stressful conditions.

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