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post #1 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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need opinions... long distance transport

we're moving. 920 miles.
I've transported horses before, but not here in the US, and with different vehicles( big horse vans).
I need opinions and experiences on how long to drive, all the way through or rest over night, and haulers you had and were happy with.
Any input appreciated
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post #2 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 12:07 PM
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Just wanted to say - good luck with the move!!!
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Thanks jaydee... super excited, but, as usual, the critters are my greatest worry lol
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post #4 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 12:55 PM
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Firstly, let me say I have not hauled long distance and I have not hauled in the USA (but that doesn't shut me down). Based on the adventures I have heard from other folks hauling their animals, I've picked up this much:

If you're doing the hauling, plan your route out then check with highways folks (hopefully most of this stuff, btw, can be done with the aid of your trusty computer) for road conditions, construction, closures, etc., that may be planned or happening on that route. After that, check for essential services available along that route (garages, vets, places that could keep horses over night, etc.) and make sure they're still in operation and available. The people I have spoken to have done 'sleep overs' to break their journeys. I remember one who was travelling from Ontario to British Columbia (I'm in Canada and that's a trip that's done in days - not hours) and they did a stop over at a local place by me where the horse stayed at the farm and the people stayed at a near by camp site - they did have trouble getting their horse loaded to resume their trip the next day (I think he had had enough already).

One thing I've gleaned from reading the posts here is to have the paper work in order - brand inspections, coggins test, ownership papers, etc.
Another thing I would do is have date stamped photos in your possession of you standing next to your horses. This provides a bit of evidence that the horses are yours and all so a 'visual' id of them in addition to their paper work.

I'm afraid I can't say much about long haul outfits, if you're going that way, other than they're not all created equal and would therefore require some investigation.

Best of luck with the trip and I see an opportunity for a journey thread (complete with photos).
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post #5 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 01:15 PM
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I've hauled all over the state of CA, not bad once you get away from LA and stay away from Frisco, AZ, same thing but Phoenix and Tucson, been through NM, all over TX, stay OUT of Dallas with your horse trailer!, OK, KS, CO, NE, IA, AR, MO, TN, KY. I try to limit myself to 400-500 (max) miles per day and I overnight at Horse Motels along the way so the horses can get off the trailer and have 12 hrs to stretch legs and drop their heads low. I never haul through, it's just too tiring on me and the horses. I stop every couple of hours or around 100 miles and offer water and I keep grass hay in front of them all the time. If I'm only hauling one horse in my 3 horse trailer, I might just pull into a hotel and leave the horse in the trailer, loose with a big bucket of water and plenty to eat. They can lay down if they like and they can drop their head low to drain the sinuses. Never had a case of shipping fever this way and even hauling from OK to Scottsdale or OK to KY for horse shows, the horse has stepped off the trailer pretty fresh, not stocked up and feeling good.

I forget what part of CA you're in? and where are you going? that will help with recommendations for haulers. And, how many horses are you needing hauled?
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 03:12 PM
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I have hauled my horses up to 9 hours on a trip with only stopping a few times to provide water and check on them. They were all seasoned older horses. I have recently purchased a foal that will be moving from Wisconsin to Maryland. I am using a horse transport where she will have a box stall so she can lay down and rest. Their contract states they stop every 3 hours to provide food & water and just an overall check. Good luck.
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post #7 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 09:18 PM
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I'm paying for my horse to be taken on 22ish hour trip. The trucking company splits it into 3 or 4 legs depending on factors. Overnight they are fed and stalled. If it's like an eight hour trip I might go straight through, any longer I'd organise to split it. It's not just because of the stress to the horses, but also because anything can happen in that time, roadwork delays, break downs etc, and suddenly it turns from eight hours in a trailer to 14 hours, and that's definitely too long, and you're stuck in a not great situation.
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There are guides available listing horse B&Bs. Also county fair grounds often have over night camping and horse facilities.
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post #9 of 14 Old 03-21-2014, 11:07 PM
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I moved from Indiana to Montana, and had a horse to move. I had a two horse trailer at the time. So I loaded her up and drove start through 24 hours. I would stop every 200ish miles to fuel up and would let her out for water and a little walking around time about 10 to 15 minutes. Like someone said, make sure you have your paper work in order. Vet. health inspections, brand inspection and so on. Do you know if the state you are moving to is a brand state or not? If it is make sure you understand how to and where to get a brand inspections.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-22-2014, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, very insightful so far, I knew I could rely on this forum

We're going from Central San Joaquin Valley to New Mexico/Four Corners area. Three horses. I have no clue how they'll do long distance, all do well short distance and load well, even in a two horse straight load. They are a herd and insist on staying together, so taking them out for a walk would require three people and good timing lol.
I do have a special needs(IR) horse, so the right kind of care is very important, when it comes to hay and feeding.
I've looked on, has anybody worked with them and knows how reliable the reviews are? I've heard good and bad about it.

We will have to have Coggins and health certificate done, have notarized bills of sale, and shouldn't need a brand inspection coming from non- brand Cali.

I did have 3 horses hauled from Germany to Italy, driver went straight through, 22 hours, van, and they came off fresh and happy, leaving a very happy driver who was stunned how calm Arabs are.

Please keep the info coming and make me feel less nervous about that so I can enjoy the road trip there
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