My husband and I have a small hobby farm. We are getting our first miniature horse Saturday (yay, waited a longggg time for this!). My question is in transporting him. Can a mini horse be safely transported in the back of a van? We have an open (small) pull behind trailer with sides on it but I am leery of using it. My husband says if we tie him well by his halter to the sides that he will be perfectly safe. I on the other hand think he will be in danger of being potentially hit by something like a rock thrown from a truck tire. Our other alternative is to rent a U-Haul enclosed trailer. But will that cause asphyxiation? We really do not want to buy a full blown horse trailer yet for 1 little mini. I have heard many instances of people just putting them into the back of vans and even cars! That seemed a little extreme to me but who knows. Any suggestions?
I know a lady who purchase a landscaping enclosed trailer, and turned it in to a mini trailer. My mom brought home a chinco pony(many years ago), in the back of a pick up truck. I don't think a van would be a problem honestly, but have never tried. I have seen people transport minis in just about anything, as they are usually not bigger then a great dane
You can transport minis in a van. I have done it more times than I can count. Actually joked with everyone that that is why they are called mini vans:) If your rear van seat collapses or removes you can put a tarp down and add a bag of shaving and you have an airconditioned or heated hauler. Just make sure you have two people so one can deal with the mini and the other the road. I once transported a mini in a enterprise rental cargo van from northern florida to northern alabama.
I have seen people transport a mini on the back of a van. I had someone take a mini from me and he put him in a van and traveled about an hour to his home. The horse was fine. You just need to make sure that there is someone in the back holding the horse. Good luck with your new addition. Horses are great and a mini is a great start for a new horse owner.