Trailering recovering laminitic horse and safe to turn out with another horse


 

What is a reasonable period of time to wait before a two hour trailer ride for a recovering laminitic horse with three post-laminitis trims and very light pulses? Assume the trim is competent and boots and pads in place. The first mile on narrow, steep and bumpy country roads is NOT an easy ride.

Second, when is it safe to turn out a recovering laminitic with a companion? The companion is the dominant horse, but Cayuse isn't especially amendable to being driven. She is average for irrational exuberance like bucking after a roll but  not likely to race corner to corner in the ¾ acre turnout in the heat of the day. 

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Cass, Sonoma Co., CA 2012
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Eleanor Kellon, VMD
 

Hi Cass,

Reasonable period of time to wait for what?

Why not turn her out alone?
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How long before she can reasonably comfortably manage a 2 hour trailer ride?

She's turned out alone 24/7, her turnout side by side with her companion's. She doesn't move around much out there. I used to turn them out together almost every afternoon to wander around their joint turnouts together. I'm wonder if it's too soon to let them out together on a hot summer afternoon when they're not too likely to get crazy.
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Frances C
 

From experience - boots on a trailer ride. She stepped on one to balance, came half off - what a cafuffle. Not again. Barefoot with deep deep wet sawdust/shavings.
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- Frances C.
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