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post #1 of 7 Old 02-04-2013, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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moving horse that stocks up easily

I'm planning on moving across country (southern CA to northern MN) in the coming months so I'm starting to look into horse transporters.

I have a 18 yr old, 17hh Thoroughbred and he gets stocked up really easily. Once in a 12'x24' stall he stocked up so bad the fluid pushed its way out of his leg, creating a sore that got infected (in my defense, I didn't own him at the time, he belonged to a friend).

As I talk to transporters and plan the trip are there any specific questions I should be asking the transporters? Is there anything I can do to minimize the swelling on the trip?
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-04-2013, 01:34 PM
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IMO, you want a transporter that cares about these horses as if they slept in his/her bedroom with them.

Fancy bells and whistles in the trailer does not necessarily mean that; although someone with a video system is certainly on the right path

Hopefully folks that have used transport companies will come in with some recommendations

I am no help as I have always moved my horses myself.

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-04-2013, 06:55 PM
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Nothing helpfull but why in the world are you moving to northern MN? Are you crazy or what its down right cold here in the winter. If I were you id stay in southern CA. I moved to northen mn 20 years ago from Florida and want to move back to florida. As soon as hubby retires were outta here!!!
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Try removing all his hard feed gradually so he's on just hay for a few days before he goes. Ask about hay and if you should send some of yours along and will he get it. Also ask about providing salt. Loose is best if it can be managed. Look to see if there is plenty of bedding. If the horse won't pee, it won't drink. He may be picked up by a secondary carrier and transported to the main carrier and the semi may take a rather circuitous route. A friend's horse took 5 days from Cincinnatti and she easily drives it in two. Horse arrived dehydrated. Whereabouts in NM?

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Nothing helpfull but why in the world are you moving to northern MN? Are you crazy or what its down right cold here in the winter. If I were you id stay in southern CA. I moved to northen mn 20 years ago from Florida and want to move back to florida. As soon as hubby retires were outta here!!!
I'd love to trade places with you. I absolutely hate CA.

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Try removing all his hard feed gradually so he's on just hay for a few days before he goes. Ask about hay and if you should send some of yours along and will he get it. Also ask about providing salt. Loose is best if it can be managed. Look to see if there is plenty of bedding. If the horse won't pee, it won't drink. He may be picked up by a secondary carrier and transported to the main carrier and the semi may take a rather circuitous route. A friend's horse took 5 days from Cincinnatti and she easily drives it in two. Horse arrived dehydrated. Whereabouts in NM?
I'll be sure to ask the transporter about hay and salt. Like many thoroughbreds, mine is a hard keeper so I expect the trip is not going to be an easy one for him. We're going to northern Minnesota, specifically Duluth.
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I like Saddlebag's suggestions. I would find a transporter who will make stops to let the horse out to stretch and will send you photos via cell phone. It may sound a bit over the top, but an honest transporter will do it for you.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-12-2013, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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Right now he's in pasture 24/7. Could there be any benefit to stalling him before the trip?
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