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post #1 of 8 Old 06-17-2012, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for transporting long distance?

So long story short, at the end of the summer I will be moving from Oregon to Missouri, making it about a 1800 mile trip. I was planning on driving my truck and trailer there that way I can bring me, my things/vehicle, and my horse for much less than it would cost to have it all shipped by someone else. I am bringing one horse with me and was wondering if anyone had any advice for taking a horse that far.
I plan on finding places to stop overnight, but am not sure how to go about that.. Lots of phone calls I guess. And how to find out what paperwork I will need to be traveling through that many states?
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-17-2012, 03:37 PM
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we often accomodate overnight boarders at the barn where I board. As far as I know they don't ask for any paperwork. I guess you just have to judge your trip and call barns near where you want to stop for the night giving yourself a little time to get to the barn before you want to settle down for the night.
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I'm afraid I'm not going to be much help but I can tell you that there are online sites that list places where you can overnight board your horse. I've seen them discussed on the horse forum but I can't remember what the url is. You might try googling...or someone else on here may have the information for you.

I would make SURE I had a current, recent negative coggins and I'd get a health certificate from my vet just in case. They may or may not want it at borders but I'd think boarding barns would want it. It doesn't hurt to be safe.

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My riding teacher once " Broke " into some fairground stables that were not in use. She just drove on in, out her mare in a stall, and went to sleep. And another night she left her in the trailer, and another night she cornered her horse with two trucks in a campground, and woke up to a kid sitting on the hood of her truck feeding her horse waffles and syrup! LOL! Have fun!

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Oh and please tell me how it goes!

Hello! I wish I had a horse of my own.... I am working hard to earn $1500 this year though! There just doesn't seem to be very many good horses on the market though......
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You will always need a current coggins and a health certificate (no more than 30 days old) when traveling across state lines. Expect to show them whenever you stop for the night.

Plan your route out. Figure on no more than averaging 50 miles per hour by the time you factor in meal, rest and fuel stops. You can do 5-600 miles a day but it get's harder the longer you get into the trip. County and state fairgrounds are an easy place to stay the night. It will run $10-20 a night per horse. You might find a hotel nearby or some will have showers. A good night's sleep is vital for a good day of driving. Overnight Stabling will give you private facilities that will accept overnight travelers. You can also find places on a forum such as this one. Figure out where you need to stop for the night and ask for suggestions or offers for the night. Have backups in case of mechanical problems.

Always travel with a full gas can. You can go through some lonely stretches in NE and KS with no gas for miles. Also include some banamine in your vet kit JIK.
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post #7 of 8 Old 07-01-2012, 07:55 PM
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I've used overnite horse hotels with good sucess. Alot of them have places nearby where you can get some affordable lodging as well. Might want to call some dude ranches on your travel route, they are also are a good resource.
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The one thing I would advise is that you soak any hay that you give to your horse, this will help to stop dehydration as many horses will not drink enough when travelling.
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