Being flexible in days leaving, day arriving and allowing the shipper a few days variation can save you a bundle.
If you are along some of the major shipping routes/corridors can also save a bundle.
For example, Thoroughbreds needing moved from one track to another...show horses needed moved from one venue area to another say northeast to Florida for winter circuit, when Spruce Meadows opens... major show circuits have competitions brings the big boys to town.
Sometimes allowing the shipper to pick-up on a smaller rig with a transfer to the tractor-trailer met at their lay-over barn could save time and expenses too.
I was familiar with Brookledge, Creech, Elite, and Beacon Hill when it was a sole company now it has merged with another and no idea of quality or reputation.
We shipped primarily the I-95 corridor from the northeast to Florida and points in-between for major show venues or the Thoroughbred racetracks or lay-up farms.
I was never disappointed with Brookledge, ever.
A few things of warning...
Not every company that is licensed to transport is a horse-shipping company... Ask specific questions.
A license is paid for that may be a agricultural/livestock allowance does not mean they arrive with a truck specifically made for horses to ride in safety and comfort....do be careful.
Also make sure your contract is not sold to sub-contractors cause you have no idea of the equipment your horse will be placed upon, quality of drive teams either...
It costs money to do a ship...if the price is so fantastic-great..tread carefully and be suspect.