Transporting my horse to Alaska by...air? Or boat? Or through Canada?
So, this year (Summer) I want to bring my Tinkerbell to Alaska. Obviously I am doing my own research and considering my options. I am considering buying a truck and trailer in Oregon and driving her up myself, getting my brother and sister-in-law drive her up, driving to the ferry in Bellingham and riding the ferry, hiring a shipper to drive through Canada and flying (Most likely on Alaska Air). I know people ship their horses to and from AK all the time and would like to hear people's experiences and preferences.
It seems like flying may be easier on her, though stressful, it's over quickly. I have yet to call the air line to find out what they would charge but will be doing that.
Having a shipper drive her up may be nice since she would likely be traveling with other horses and they seem to take their time and are very experienced and have connections along the route.
Driving her up myself could be fun, but very likely stressful for both of us. Even if I get my brother and SIL to do it or come along. It would be nice to have a truck and trailer delivered from the lower 48 though! And I have driven the Alcan.
Going on the ferry would eliminate passport and Canada concerns, however, that can be up to a week on the boat with not a lot of opportunities to get off and stretch her legs.
Like I said, I'm just wondering if any members have experience shipping to/from AK and would like to weigh in. Or any shipping long distance, especially by plane or boat or professional shipper.