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        04-23-2014, 03:42 PM
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    Weanling
    What is the furthest you have shipped a horse?

    So I've been looking at both miniature horses and mammoth donkeys, and I've found a really excellent breeder of mammoths in OK that comes highly recommended. Their donkeys all go through a rigorous training process, and everyone I have spoken to that owns one of their animals is extremely happy with them.

    But again, they're in OK - and I'm in PA! That's a 17 hour drive. Not IMPOSSIBLE, but definitely creates a lot of issues. So I'm wondering how hard it would be to ship an animal from there. I have never trailered anything in my life, and don't own a truck, so shipping would likely be the best I could do.

    What's the furthest you've shipped an animal? How much did it wind up costing, and was it worth it in the long run?
         
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        04-23-2014, 03:45 PM
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    Started
    I last shipped a mare from California to here in ne Arkansas. Caught a lucky ride and it was done for $1500.
         
        04-23-2014, 03:50 PM
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    Yearling
    The farthest I've personally shipped is 4 1/2 hours and it was total like 222 miles (literally lol). But I've known several people who've shipped horses from CA or FL her to TX and the horses were no worse for wear. I think the most important part is not how far, but the shipping company themselves. A good shipping company helps make the whole trip less stressful and make sure the horses stay hydrated and are monitored. I know the shipping company I used had a camera on my horse and stopped at least twice (I actually rode with the driver).
         
        04-23-2014, 05:14 PM
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    Yearling
    My mare went from Coastal SC into FL, then across the southern US, up through CA into Oregon and WA to get to me in Spokane, WA. That was when we moved, I already owned her, and no way was I going to drive my own horse that far. Didn't even own a truck and trailer at the time anyhow. :)
    She was just turned 3, only a couple of trailer rides under her belt, and was one of the shippers' best horses ever, I was told. :) Took them about 8 or 9 days, I think it was.
         
        04-23-2014, 05:40 PM
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    I shipped 3 horses from the UK to Connecticut when we moved here. It was worth it in terms of the fact that we were used to them, had owned them for some time and really care about them - financially it was stupid because I could have bought 3 new horses here for what it cost not to mention all the stress, worrying what could go wrong along the way.
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        04-23-2014, 05:42 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    I shipped 3 horses from the UK to Connecticut when we moved here. It was worth it in terms of the fact that we were used to them, had owned them for some time and really care about them - financially it was stupid because I could have bought 3 new horses here for what it cost not to mention all the stress, worrying what could go wrong along the way.
    That is a long way! But if you planned for and could afford to do it, I am sure the horses love you for it. I would do it for my animals if I had to. :) Just hadn't needed to go across oceans, thankfully.
         
        04-23-2014, 06:13 PM
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    Green Broke
    1000 miles one way for mine.

    Hauled others about that.
         
        04-23-2014, 09:22 PM
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    Weanling
    At the end of May I will be shipping my mare about 800 miles, 11 hours from one side of the giant state of Texas to the other.
         
        04-23-2014, 09:40 PM
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    Weanling
    I shipped my 2 yr olds from GA to MT for about $1k each back in 2001. We shipped a little mare from MT to MO in 2006. I told my parents at that time that I just wouldn't go to MT if I couldn't have my horses, so I think to a 12 year old child it was worth it. However, I'm fairly certain all involved parties regret moving the pony mare.

    Cross country hauling doesn't generally run a lot more than $1500 (I've gotten recent quotes for MO to MT), so if the animal is worth enough then it I don't think shipping is a huge issue. Buying an animal you've never seen or handled might be though.
         
        04-23-2014, 10:20 PM
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    Super Moderator
    We have sold many horses from Oklahoma to New England and everywhere in between. They all went straight through and never had any problems. They are offered water several times, but not unloaded or stabled and only get a little hay on the road.

    We have also exported over 30 head to Europe and the UK. They all hauled from OK to Houston, shipped by air to Amsterdam (12-14 hours I believe) and then hauled to their destination. We never had any problems with any of them.

    We cut back on feed the day before, give powdered electrolytes mixed with a little grain the day they left and had people put them on 1/2 feed the day they arrived and the next day. I would much rather have a horse lose a few pounds and not impact than eat all they want without drinking enough water. This routine has worked for 30 or 40 years.
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