Horse & Health

The importance of a horse’s well-being during transport is underestimated more often than not. As far as Marcel Jordan Horse Transport is concerned, there are no concessions to the quality and thus the cost of transportation, allowing us to guarantee your horse’s well-being during their voyage.

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-standard; the consequences can become your worst nightmare. So what ís best for your horse? How do we recognize good horse transport? On this page you will read about some of the factors in horse transport we consider vital to a horse’s well-being. Marcel Jordan Horse Transport consistently applies a few basic principles based on these facts.

Food

All horses have enough first-class hay and water during transportation. The chauffeur will check on the horses regularly to make sure of this. We use a special type of hay, high in fructan, low in protein, and with high energy value.

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-sucking because the horse will end up trying to fill its stomach any way it can. When fed hay, a horse will drink and vice versa – 30 to 40 litres a horse a day are no exception.

Wood shavings

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.

Transport

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.

Motion sickness

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-standard travel circumstances). Motion sickness is usually not recognized as such and often listed as a slight cold. In extreme cases, motion sickness can be lethal when not treated properly.

Facilities

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-standard with Marcel Jordan Horse Transport. Horses are more likely to feel sick when there is not enough air. There must be enough room between the horses, and sufficient ventilation, so the horses don’t sweat or become agitated.

Drivers

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-being of the horse, topping up the water and hay supply for each horse, before taking care of themselves.