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What's In Your Tool Box 3 - Transporting Your Horse

Transporting horse's can be pretty stressful, short or long trips, so here are some tips on shipping horse's...

I worked for a horse transport company for a few years, driving tractor trailers up and down North and South coasts, carrying American saddlebreds to happy birthday ponies and everything in between, so I have witnessed a lot of do's and dont's along the way.

When sending horse's or if you plan on hauling yourself, make sure to have the correct vet health checks and coggins especially if your hauling over state lines. If you think paperwork isn't checked and end up getting pulled over by the po po you will be wrong and it's not a cheap fine.                         

How Many Miles a day?

If your sending horse's with a transport sometimes they are picked up in a smaller van and  the animal will then be loaded to a large van or tractor trailer to do the bulk of the miles driven. The best results are team driver's with fuel stops, horse checks, feed and water and back on the road, so really they don't stop much but the horse's ride in the trailer very comfortable and sleep when they can. The idea is to get them there safely and as fast as possible and most importantly, Make sure they are bonded, licenced, insured with a good safety record. Listen to the driver's if you're after advice on shipping, they have been there done that.                           

If you plan on hauling yourself, the amount of miles you drive in a day is more about you being able to stay focused and safe. Rule of thumb on how many stops in a day for me was when I needed fuel about 350 to 400 miles.                                                                                             

What stalls are the best?

I prefer a box stall, if you have the space it allows the horse to move and stretch a bit more and find the sweet spot when traveling but it's just as fine in a single stall. Shavings are good for urine and footing but can be over done by using too much and creating a wood chip storm in the trailer if it's an open sided trailer so just be aware.                                                             

And finally having the right equipment is a must and by that I mean good tires, lights, good flooring, secure hitch, you got the idea. And always carry a charged phone with vet contacts!

Good luck to you, happy hauling.

Jim Hall
Published on 24-09-2019
My name is Jim Hall I am a Method and Theory Horseman. I have had the opportunity to work with many Horses my entire life growing up on a horse ranch in Colorado from 4H to Little Britches rodeos and class A Arabian horse shows. Being older now with a Equine facility of my own I'm always in search of training methods ,theory's, and equipment that is used to complete a finished horse, so what works for one horse might not work for another horse therefore training a finished horse requires lots for tools used ethically and humanly.