moving a horse out of state
Hey guys I've got a lot of questions about this! I live in Michigan and now my fiance wants to move to south Carolina. We would be renting a house from his parents on 30 acres. It's already fenced, has a river, and a few small barns for shelter. It's near greenville SC. His mom wants me to bring my horse and wants to get a few for herself that I watch after. I have no problem with this but his dad said that we have different grass up here. He says we have fescue. I'm not sure what type of grass you have down there, can anyone tell me? Also would this cause colic switching my gelding to different grass? I have seen bales of fescue for sale down there. What do you southerners feed your horses hay wise? Also does anyone have experience trailering a horse that far? We need to buy a larger trailer, but don't know if we should pay someone to trailer our gelding down then buy a trailer after we settle in, or just buy one here and do it ourselves. And advice or trailering stories would be well appreciated!
bnayc, first find out what you will require by passing state lines. You may need a passport, you may need coggins, you may need a health certificate, etc.
Then find out what is required in South Carolina.
Then, bring at least 2 bales of hay with you. The first is to be used on the trip and the second is to be mixed with the new hay. so he doesn't colic.
I paid someone since I didn't have a trailer nor a truck and if I had the goods I would have done it myself. But it was convenient.
Hope that helped.
Thank you. We have driven there multiple times so I doubt a passport is required. I do have his coggins and over all vet check from January. How do I go about finding different state laws? Is there a website?
I seriously doubt you'll need a passport, you are staying within the border of the United States. The only things required by law to transport a horse across state lines is an UTD negative coggins, and of course, UTD tabs on your trailer.
Anyway, it's more of a formality... I think most law enforcement prefer to avoid pulling over massive trailers with half ton animals in them on busy interstates unless they REALLY have to. lol
I bet it'll go fine.
Contact the state's board of agriculture. They usually have a website. And then ask them what you'll need.
Just to let you know, a vet check is not good enough. A health certificate probably will be needed. They are only good for 30 days.
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Yep a Health Certificate is 100% required, same with coggins.
Try this link, maybe?
South Carolina Department of Agriculture - Welcome
This is why I loved living in CO.. they had everything from Brand Inspection to requirements to travel.
You could also get in touch with a vet in South Carolina and ask them what the moving requirements are. Some want you to get UTD shots before moving. Etc.
Wow you guys are very helpful thanks. Would you rather trailer your own horses or pay someone to do it for you?
If you have the means to do it, I would.
It's only 16 hours, and you can stop every so often to check on them and check in to horse motels, etc.
Just bring plenty of hay, lug some of your own water with (some horses may be fussy about drinking foreign water) and of course make sure they're in something breakable (flat leather or nylon) for transport.
OP I'm sure if you email the person on the bottom of this page, she'll be able to help you out.
Finally found the right section..
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