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    07-25-2012, 11:16 AM
Help! Moving horse from NC to Switzerland

There's a strong possibility that we may be relocating from NC to Basel, Switzerland.

I just bought a horse. He's kind of my dream horse. You know, the one you wait all your life for. I'm not leaving him behind.

So does anyone have experience with moving a horse internationally? Cost? Logistics? I'm sure this is not a simple process.
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    07-25-2012, 11:30 AM
I would do a google search for horse transportation company's that ship overseas. It's going to be costly, not sure how much. Some breeding farms ship their horses overseas and may have recommended companies linked on their websites.
    07-25-2012, 01:17 PM

Wow! That's quite a journey!! Good luck!!
    07-26-2012, 12:10 AM
I think it's about 10 Grand to ship a horse on an airplane overseas.
    07-26-2012, 12:12 AM
Good luck NC Rider and welcome to the forum
    07-26-2012, 12:42 AM
He may have to be set up in quaranteen for 30 days. Its terribly expensive!
    07-26-2012, 12:49 AM
I'm also thinking it would be incredibly expensive =/. Good luck.
    07-26-2012, 12:59 AM
Looks like there are quite a few companies. I just googled "shipping a horse internationally" and there were plenty of results. A lot of the sites offered a free quote, so that would probably be a good place to start.

Here are some of the sites that came up in the google search:
EquiAir Horse Shipping, International Flying and Equine Transport
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Equine International Shipping - About Us
This site seems to be a the "" of horse shipping: Horse Transport | Horse Shipping & Transportation Quotes

Good luck!
    07-26-2012, 01:04 AM
Oh wow! I know someone who bought a horse over seas but that would be US laws so I would think you could contact the consulate and get their laws for bringing in live will be the receiving country, as well as the transport company that will dictate quaranteens, required vacs, health certificates, etc. good luck!!
    07-26-2012, 06:47 AM
I moved my horse from the US to the UK. It cost between $4000 and $5000, but this was six years ago before the price of fuel got stupid, so it could have well gone up. You can keep the price down by setting it up so your horse travels with other horses. They put them in a big shipping container-like thing that's set up like stalls and can be shared by up to three horses.

I did not have to quarantine my horse for thirty days, but my vet had to write a novel and the horse had to be vaccinated against a few things within a certain time frame and she needed to be tested for vesicular stomatitis and one or two other diseases within six weeks of transport. I didn't have to worry about keeping all this straight, though, because the shipping company was in contact with my vet and dealt with all the paperwork and when the horse got to Europe, they dealt with all the customs stuff.

The one I used was called Dutta Corp, The Dutta Corp, and they did an excellent job. They had been recommend to me by a dressage trainer who used to import a lot of horses from Europe. I may have read somewhere they might be transporting the Olympic horses to London, so if that's the case, they must be good! Anyway, I thought they did a fantastic job. They even let me travel with my horse.

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