Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I would not use nationwide. I use to use them, they did an outstanding job. Then, about 3 yrs ago, I had a horrid experience w them. It is NOT a case of you get what you pay for w that outfit - since they are pretty darn expensive. I didn't bother looking at reviews and such before I used them, b/c I had used them prior w/o any problems. Well, big mistake. I have no idea what the story is - but they went from outstanding to terrible, and then some. And, they use semi trailers, which may seem ducky - but I and friends that have used them have always had to meet them b/c they won't go down a dirt road, or there isn't enough room for them to turn around, etc.,.
I used CoxTransport last time, they did an outstanding job, were very professional...there was not a hair out of place.... I was very happy w them.
The cost can vary greatly between carriers, so shop around and pay attention to "reviews"!! They can and will charge you extra if your horse will not load in "x" amount of time. They also might show up at night - they do not necessarily only haul in the daylight. If you only have one horse to haul and the pick up date is flexable - you might be able to get a better price if they have one "empty" space they are looking to fill to make a full load.
I would not waste my time shipping anything extra w them, they ordinarily charge you (might not, though so ya might as well ask). They usually just want a bale of hay, the halter and lead for each horse.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.