Many of our Montana Horseback Riding Vacation Lodge guests travel many miles and cross state lines to reach our remote Montana location. To help our Montana horseback riding guests prepare for the trip, we've compiled a bit of information - on traveling in general, and on crossing some specific state lines. We've also included links for more information on other state regulations.Traveling With Your Horse
Most trailering incidents occur because someone forgot to check something, or they failed to use common sense. The following information is just 'common sense', but a checklist is a great way to make sure you don't overlook something little which could become something important miles down the road.
- Use a trailer tie instead of a lead rope. Lead ropes can become tangled - and some bored horses have been known to untie them - or shred them by chewing on them.
- Provide hay in a hay net. There are various theories on this one. Some say don't feed when traveling (due to dust or choking issues). Others say feed keeps your horse occupied and more content. Use your own judgment, but by all means, tie your haybag up sufficiently that even as it empties, it won't drop down where your horse can get his foot tangled in it.
- Water frequently during long trips. This is especially important during hot weather. However, some horses are finicky about drinking while traveling. To help combat this - bring water from home and allow them time to relax and explore their surroundings during a water break.
- Give your horse a break during long trips. While traveling, your horse is adjusting his weight continually to keep his balance. If you're traveling more than two hours (some say four), be sure to give your horse regular breaks with opportunities to walk around and stretch their muscles. *And, be sure to 'pick up' after your horse.*
- Schedule in time for your horse to rest after a long trip - before you as them to give you a ride. The extra time to adjust to their new surroundings will work toward your benefit in the end.
- Provide safe footing in your trailer. Wood and metal can get slippery. A non-slip mat is easier on their feet and allows them better traction.
- Don't leave loose items in your trailer. This may seem obvious, but double check after each rest stop to be sure you picked up and packed up all loose items.
- Put the largest horse on the road side. Road's are sloped to encourage run-off. Putting the heavy horse on the 'high' side of the road will make your trailer track better.
- Take care of yourself. Hauling animals is more stressful and requires greater levels of concentration than standard driving. Pay attention to your own body and don't overdue it - for your own safety and that of your 'friend' in the back.
- Remember you have extra weight back there - weight that moves. If you have to slam on your breaks, not only is it going to jar your horse, but you'll have several thousand pounds of horse which won't stop instantly! Give yourself plenty of room. Start easy and stop easy. Don't make sharp jerky turns. Your horse is standing (or trying to) back there. Give them a pleasant ride, and they'll be much more willing to give you the opportunity to take them somewhere else.
- Remember if you have an accident or become unable to take responsibility for your horse(s), the police will be left caring for them. Be sure to carry a list of emergency numbers which apply to their care and health as well.
Horse Facilities: If you will be traveling more than a day to reach our western Montana Lodge, you will probably be looking for a place which will accommodate both you and your four-legged friend. We've compiled links to facilities in several nearby states which cater to horsemen.
- Idaho: Several hotels in Idaho welcome horses and their people.
- Montana: A list of Montana hotels which welcome horsemen and their traveling companions.
- North Dakota: North Dakota hotels also provide lodging for two and four legged critters.
- South Dakota: There are several hotels in South Dakota who welcome horses and their people.
- Utah: Not to be left out, Utah hotels offer accommodations for horses and people.
- Wyoming: A list of Wyoming hotels which cater to the horse crowd.
Bureau of Animal Health
2270 Old Penitentiary Road
P.O. Box 7249
Boise, Idaho 83701
Phone: (208) 332-8540
Fax: (208) 334-4062
An official EIA test is a blood test for EIA conducted by a USDA approved laboratory, within six (6) months of entry of the animal into Idaho.
Entry of the animal shall not be allowed until the EIA test has been completed and reported negative. Equidae with tests 'pending' are not acceptable. Equidae which test positive to the EIA test shall not be permitted entry into Idaho, except by special written permission from the Bureau of Animal Health.
A nursing foal less than six (6) months of age accompanied by its EIA certified dam is exempt from test requirements.
For further information, check with Idaho regulations.
Department of Livestock
Phone: (406) 444-2043
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
To obtain a permit call
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and Permit: Annual Equine Import Permits available by application. Call the Montana Department of Livestock office or visit Montana's government webpage to download a copy. You must have a brand inspection on horses. If the area of origin does not have brand inspections, one must be obtained upon arrival in Montana. Six-Month Horse Passport - Annual Equine Import Permits: A CVI and permit must accompany the shipment. Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA): All animals must have negative Coggins (EIA test) within 12 months of entry.
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