Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
If you mean you are going to go pick it up yourself (which necessarily means expenses both ways), I would think it would be worth getting quotes from professional transporters. If it is a common route for transporters it will be far less per mile than "diagonal" routes. N to S or E to W straight shots are pretty reasonable. And, I agree w Joe, that is not good advice at all. I do not change their diet before the trip, and I make sure they have quality hay of the same sort they are use to in front of them during the entire journey and are given plenty of water. Since it is cooler weather, dehydration isn't going to be as much of a concern, but you have to ensure they are watered at frequent intervals. It is hard on them, you can't just "push on through" w/o resting/watering/checking on them. IMO, fall or spring is the best time to transport, but heat is the worst and hard to control whereas a good trailer and a blanket can take care of the cold (within reason).
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.