Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
People shipping horses to different climates need to be very careful to constantly check on the horses, add or remove blankets as needed, provide adequate food and water, breaks, etc. Here is Alaska, there has been more than one case of horses dying on the trip from the lower 48 up to AK. There was one case I believe where something like 10 horses ended up dying because the people did not check on them. It is important when shipping to AK that people don't do it to early in the spring or too late in the fall...it just gets too cold for them to handle.
We had our mare brought up, and we checked references and got feedback from people who had had horses brought up before. When I got my Stallion, we brought him up ourselves, and stopped frequently to check him, walk him, and water him. I would not ship with someone who has not built some sort of reputation and has references.
My parents sold their gelding to someone out of state a few years ago, and trusted some friends to haul him out. A blanket was put on him here in Alaska because it was fall, and cooler out...well the blanket was left on him the entire trip, and he showed up sweaty, dehydrated, and looking like death...great thing for a new buyer to have to deal with!
That was all in reference to trailer hauling by the way....I am not sure what kinds of hardships there are shipping overseas...I would think the same applies for checking them, blanketing/removing blankets, and watering.