Shipping a horse from Illinois to Colorado?

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    04-11-2012, 11:47 AM
Shipping a horse from Illinois to Colorado?

So yeah, I'm planning on moving out west and I need some recomendations on some good shipping companies. Any personal references anyone that I can go and get a quote from? I won't be moving until August but I want to start getting everything ready. It would be for one horse only. Any ideas at the costs? And do some of their items go with them or do those have to be shipped seperately. I usually haul on my own but for a 24 hour drive, I thought I'd ship... So yeah... Any help?
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    04-11-2012, 01:59 PM
I used Nationwide just because they are based out of COS (Colorado Springs) and it was easiest to get worked in a load. I had no problems with them but that was 20 years ago. Being flexible with departure dates can save you $$ with some carriers.
    04-11-2012, 04:15 PM
I used Blue Chip to go from Colorado to New York and they were excellent.
    04-11-2012, 04:43 PM
Will they charge from going there and back or only when they have my horse on board?
    04-11-2012, 04:45 PM
Presumably only when your horse is on board. They'll be back and forth across the country anyway with loads of horses.
    04-12-2012, 11:36 PM
The shipping companies will typically base your fee on how far the horse would have to travel if he were the only one on the trailer. He might actually travel much, much farther than that however. Say they have 2 horses in IL that are headed W one in the southern part and one in the N. The horse that was picked up first might ride around and extra 100-200 miles to pick up the other one but you would not pay for that travel if it's not on the way. They will have loads going back and forth across the country so it would only be one way.

I see rates around $1/mile but they could all have fuel surcharges tacked on.
    04-13-2012, 01:40 AM
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.
    04-13-2012, 01:59 AM
I used Nationwide twice in the last 3 years and they were excellent with a competitive price. I could not be there when my horse left Denver area and they completely took care of working it out with my boarding stable and getting him on the road. Each time, he was there very close to schedule and in good shape and happy.

I would definitely check better business bureau and get personal recommendations. I had a very bad experience with a smaller company who basically took my money, kept me hanging for 2 months with promises and then went out of business. Go with a larger, well established one.

That being said, Nationwide and a few of the other large haulers use semis as another poster mentioned so if space at the drop off is an issue just ask a lot of questions and make sure they can accomodate.
    04-13-2012, 02:25 AM
Try I have used them to find haulers for my horse in and out of Illinois. You could also try Drexler horse transport. I've never used them but they haul a lot of the horses from the track and I've talked to the guy who owns it and it looks like a great company. I've heard good reviews too.

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