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post #1 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Curious about proffesional horse haulers...

I was just looking at my list of expenses for when I go to buy my horse, and since my lovely hubby is willing to pay for the price of the horse, I decided it was only fair that I take care of all the other expenses. And I realized I forgot to include horse transport, in case I find a horse that's too far for me to go and pick up. And what I was wondering....is there anybody on here that would possibly know the average cost to haul a horse from California to southern Illinois? I tried going on some professional hauler websites, but you have to literally put in an order for them to give you a quote and all I really need is an estimate amount to plan into my budget for next year. If anyone can help, I'd be greatly appreciative....thanks all!

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post #2 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 04:40 PM
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I don't know about American things but I know in Australia prices really vary between companies so shop around. Like for about 600km I was quoted from $300 to well over $1000.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 05:16 PM
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with prices of horses low and fuel high these days, youd come out way ahead just buying local.
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post #4 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 05:25 PM
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I'm not for sure since the horse we're having brought from CA to TN had her shipping included (yeah, we got a great deal on that), but to have Pony Boy brought from New York to TN we were quoted from $575-$675.
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post #5 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Wow! Im hoping I can find one local then. Or atleast in the midwest region. Thanks!
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post #6 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 08:15 PM
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Try to find a horse locally but don't limit yourself to only that. An extra $500-$600 is money well spent. In fact, I would rather be horseless, than not get the horse I really want.
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post #7 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 08:22 PM
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Good Luck! I've had quite a few crazy quotes, a a couple, if that of good quotes. First quote I got just from Cincinnati Oh, to where to boarder of WV, I was quoted $650!!! For only a 2 hr drive!

But then when I transported him from WV/OH boarder to NC/SC boarder, I was quoted an awesome price of only $450!!!!!! Needless to say, that transporter is now out of business due to personal issues. In the long run, from what I experienced, it depends on if they are travelling along that route, if they are, you will get an awesome deal, if not....your going to pay!


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post #8 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 08:24 PM
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Cost $1800 to haul from Missouri to California on a really nice rig. I heard $500 each to haul from Missouri to either Texas or New Mexico, but they were really unprofessional "professional" haulers--trailers weren't as nice, handlers were abusive, etc.
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post #9 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 08:32 PM
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It may also depend on if you can get on a trip that is already booked and they just have one spot to fill because the majority of the gas will already be paid for by the first horses on the trip.

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post #10 of 20 Old 01-02-2012, 08:34 PM
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Oh yes - and see if you can get referenced. I really was not pleased with the transporters that were booked to pick Willie up. They unloaded one horse to get him on since that other horse would be getting off on the next stop. That horse got loose from them!

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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