Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Central Iowa, USA
Finding A "Short" Distance Horse Hauler
I am looking to haul my horse around 200 "easy" miles (major highway to major highway - flat central MO/IA). I've moved him multiple times and usually have someone I know haul him, but it's not working out this way. The people that I originally planned on hauling him seem very busy and moving him isn't a priority so he keeps getting pushed back.
So, I've been thinking about hiring a 3rd party to do it but don't know where to start. I don't want to just send him off with someone I don't know/doesn't have some kind of reputation but it seems like professional haulers is a bit excessive for such a short journey.
I also worry because he's a bit of an *** to load. He's a very good hauler, just tends to throw a temper-tantrum about getting on. We've been working on it as much as we can (given that we don't have access to a trailer 90% of the time) and he has gotten better, but I can't assure that he isn't going to be a butt.
So, I guess my question. How do you find a reputable hauler? What are some red/white flags to look for and if you'all have any other suggestions.