Horse & Health
The importance of a horse’s well-
Only the best for your horse
Of course, most carrier services will promise the best care for your horse, and boast many years of experience to boot. But often enough the service they actually offer is sub-
All horses have enough first-
Horses produce gall but have no gall bladder, allowing gall to seep into the stomach. The acid the gall contains can damage the lining of the stomach if no precautions are taken, and it advances the production of ulcers. The only way to neutralise the acid is through saliva, which is produced by chewing hay. Eventually, too little forage can even cause wind-
It is important to make sure there is enough on the floor, as a horse that has ample shavings is less likely to have trouble urinating. If there are too little shavings, the urine will spatter on the legs, causing the animals to stop before they are done. Apart from that, too little shavings cause more of a mess, which is neither good for the horse, nor for the equipment.
Marcel Jordan Horse Transport uses custom design trucks. Because of our unique system, horses have their own stands, with no need to attach them, allowing them to move their heads up and down freely. The horse will find its voyage less stressful (there are many images of sensitive horses nervously pulling their chains when attached) and is less likely to develop Shipping-Fever.
All horses have a certain amount of lung fluid. In the meadow, horses will spend most of the day with their heads bowed down. Gravity will cause the fluid to drip out – a drop will find its way to the trachea, cause irritation, the horse will cough or sneeze and the fluid is forced out. This is a natural way to clear the lungs from fluid.
If a horse is secured too tightly, or it is not able to move its head up and down freely, the fluid will stay in the lungs. This is a natural breeding ground for a bacterium causing respiratory infection, the major reason behind motion sickness. Healthy horses are less inclined to succumb to such bacteria compared to horses with reduced resilience, usually induced by stress (not enough water and forage, sub-
Marcel Jordan Horse Transport loads all horses diagonally. Research has shown horses will naturally take that position on the road when given a choice. A diagonal position also allows the horse more room so it won’t feel as compelled to grate its tail against the wall. The horses are divided by furnished partitions.
Space, light and fresh air are all sufficient and top-
To any horse, being transported is an exigent sport. The horse is in motion continuously, working with the motions of the vehicle accelerating and slowing down, manoeuvring on bumpy or winding roads. Specific driving skills are crucial. And not only that: a driver must also ‘know horses’. To keep calm, understand and be patient with horses and their owners, makes all the difference in the world. At every stop, our drivers will first insure the well-