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Moving from Montana to Florida

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  • kemoore Original Poster kemoore
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 3

    I’m getting ready to move in the dead of winter from Montana to Florida. I’m nervous about my horses adjusting,since they have been in Montana all their lives.
    I originally brought two horses with me from Fl and they adjusted just fine. I ended up selling them and have two Mt horses now.
    Does anybody know of any kind of supplements/minerals to help them transition from Montana to Fl?
    I’m not worried too much about the 5-day haul.

    Any helpful thoughts would be great! Thanks in advance!
    KM

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    They will probably love it and thank you for moving to vacation land. Horses in many walks of life travel all over the planet with little or no difficulty. I would start adding some flavoring to their water so that hydration does not become an issue, and bring plenty of the hay to which they are accustomed so you can mix it with their new hay. It should not be as drastic as if you were to move them during the summer months. At this season, they will have time to adjust to the heat and humidity. At least, that is how I see it.

    It is never the horse's fault

    kemoore Original Poster kemoore
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 3

    Sounds good! Plenty of hay is definitely on the list.
    Thank you!

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Have a great trip, and enjoy the new surroundings. I don’t understand how anyone survives winters in northern states.

    It is never the horse's fault

    kemoore Original Poster kemoore
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 3

    Some days are definitely harder than others, but to be honest I’m not ready to leave!

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by kemoore kemoore.
    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I complain when the temperature drops to the 40s

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    You might want to consult with your vet about gastric support to help facilitate the change in diet along with the added stress of significant change in environment. This would be something I would continue during the settling in phase when they land in Fla. Have a vet predetermined at your destination if possible. Where your horses are MT oriented, Florida might seem like a whole ‘nother planet to them with all the variances you can imagine. Not a bad thing, but deserves consideration in transition.

    Safe trip!! Enjoy the winter : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    kemoore Original Poster kemoore
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    I definitely planned on talking to my vet when I can health certs before the trip.Although, he is Mt native so I’m not sure if he will be familiar with what differences their might be for minerals between the two states.

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Minerals are minerals. Amounts and availability might vary. A good water soluble basic vitamin/ mineral supp could be suitable. I was thinking more in terms of a dose of Gastro-Gard (or something comparable) for the road, possibly U-Gard (or something comparable) for the first couple weeks in Fla, or until everybody adjusts to the new environmental/hay/grain/new home-routine demands that will test dietary processing.

    Don’t blame you for feeling the way you do, Kemoor, such a change can be bittersweet. Wishing you safety and health thru-out the move, and a most boring, uneventful shipping odyssey, for all of you : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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