New Regulations Increase Safety for Horses during Hauling

Livestock Transport News Article - More News2008-07-09
There are many different means available to transport horses and other types of livestock animals. One commonly used form of transportation for livestock is the double deck trailer. One reason why this form of transportation is often used is that it allows livestock owners to transport more animals at a time, which will result in larger profits and less time wasted transporting animals.

Recently, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has reiterated their opposition to the use of double deck trailers for the transportation of horses. One of the steps that were taken by the AVMA was the approval of a new policy stating the humane methods that should be used to transport horses and other equine animals. This new policy on horse transportation was proposed by the AVMA welfare committee and was approved on April 12, 2008 by the AVMA executive board.

Even though this is the AVMAs amended policy on transporting horses, it is not the first time that they have opposed the use of double deck trailers to transport horses. In previous years, the AVMA has also showed a great deal of support for the regulations that were written by the USDA regarding the use of double deck trailers to transport horses. The USDA already had regulations in place that prohibited the use of this type of trailer to transport horses.

The new policy released by the AVMA also has other guidelines that will help transporters determine if their trailer is appropriate to use to haul horses. One of the regulations states that the trailer must have sufficient head room to allow the horse to stand with their head and necks extended in a normal, natural position. The regulations also state that the transport vehicle must provide enough ventilation to keep the horses comfortable during the journey.

There are also several regulations regarding the safety of the trailer. One of these regulations states that they trailer must be free of any protrusions that could potentially cause an injury to the horse and that all of the doors and ramps on the trailer are large enough to allow the safe loading and unloading of the horses. There should also be good footing on the floor of the trailer to allow the horse to maintain their balance during transport. The final regulation states that there should be segregation between the stallions and other horses.

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