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post #1 of 8 Old 11-27-2012, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Moving Horse From Ohio to Arizona??


I got a divorce last year and moved from Ohio to Arizona (Phoenix area). My horse is currently at my ex husband's house (we were fortunate to have our horses in our back yard, and I am able to keep her there until whenever I can move her to Arizona). I'm now financially stable enough to be able to afford my horse again, and I found several places where I would like to board her.

My dilemma is finding a way to move her that doesn't bankrupt me! My ex husband was kind enough to NOT let me borrow his truck and trailer (the divorce did not end well).

Does anyone know of any horse haulers that don't charge a fortune? (some I've seen are as much as buying a truck and trailer!) Or are there places that rent horse trailers?

The distance is about 2000 miles, and I have no problem taking a rig down and returning it after I drop her off. It's 21 hours to drive straight through, but it'll take a few days with a horse having to stop every couple hours. Would a trailer rental could kill me in that respect, too.

I wanted to move her this past Fall, but the cost became a bit of a roadblock once I started looking for haulers (I have to move her in the Fall/Winter so she has time to acclimate for the Phoenix heat in summer). I can't tell the reputation of the haulers that show up on Google. Any help or leads you can give me would really help. Also, any advice you can give on moving cross country would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-27-2012, 10:24 AM
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I personally have never shipped a horse, but from what I see on an Arabian forum I frequent, uShip - The Online Shipping Marketplace - Ship Freight, Furniture, Cars or Moves seems to be a source. You will get bids there. Some folks in that forum are quite happy with Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation also
He goes coast to coast on a schedule, which should keep cost down.
Most shippers have references to look up.
Hope this helps
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-27-2012, 11:18 AM
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First off, definetely have the barn lined up, as delivery times aren't always as planned. Your horse will have to have some vet work done prior to shipping across state lines. Whether you have it done or do it yourself, plan for possible problems, but hope for none. Moving my horses here was stressful & I drove them myself, but had 3 other family members in a caravan,so I wasn't totally alone. We had some radio contact, but once I had to make an emergency bathroom stop, & only the 1 following me knew it. We loaded up before dawn, then had to erect the corrals after getting here-it was a long day, but the horses did OK. We put the roofs on a couple of days later. At least you won't have to do that. Phoenix is a lot hotter than where I am!
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-27-2012, 11:26 AM
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You can often find a shipper that needs to "top off" a load (or has an empty spot in their trailer mid run that happens to match up with the point A and B you need the horse to get from/to) to maximize the run profit who will give you a pretty good price/deal. As long as you check references/reviews you're doing your due dilligence. Definitely have things getting done on the other end as far as health certification, Coggins, etc for your horse as these will be required.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-12-2012, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the help. I didn't think about needing a vet check. Good tip! Thanks. I do have a place to keep her, I just need to make final arrangements. She is Paint, and it is right next to the Yavapai Reservation

My only problem now is that I went out to his house to visit her today...and she's so skinny! I cried when I saw her. I can't believe he would do this to her! I hope this doesn't get in the way with any shippers not wanting to haul her because she looks like she does. :(
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-12-2012, 09:47 AM
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Sometimes it might be cheeper to buy a used truck and trailer, move her yourself then sell the truck and trailer. If you do it within 30 days, if you are clever, of purchasing the truck and trailer you might be able to avoid licencing fees.

I know it is done all the time by professional haulers, but I would do it myself.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-12-2012, 10:17 AM
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I believe there are places in Phoenix that rent trailers. I've seen them on the Phoenix Craigslist. They're usually $50 per day and up.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-12-2012, 10:21 AM
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That's horrible he would do that to your horse :( I'm sorry to hear about that... I don't think it would change the minds of the haulers though.

I used to transport my horse from South Dakota to Virginia. It was hectic. Your horse will need an updated coggins since she will be crossing state lines. My horse was only 8 months old when she was transported. She had the thickest coat I had ever seen and it was only after I had to shave her down (it was 80 degrees in VA and she has the coat to accommodate for weather in the negatives) that I saw how skinny she actually was :/
So her weight and appearance shouldn't affect anything so long as her vet check is clear and her coggins is negative :)
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