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post #1 of 11 Old 07-13-2016, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Moving Horses by Air

I'm a little slow on the uptake. It has recently occurred to me that horses FLY, for example, to Rio, from all around the world. How can this be? How can an animal whose default setting is fear handle this. I think I read that they cannot be sedated. This just seems untenable to me and I'm looking forward to your comments!
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Yes if they presented a danger to themselves, handlers or other animals transported with them they would be sedated same as traveling any other way. Not much different than any other form of travel. They are loaded into a stall or box similar to a trailer compartment and that can then be loaded or the plane is fitted like a trailer and they are loaded straight into the plane.
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How is it any different than a horse learning how to tolerate standing in a trailer? They are loaded on large pallets and moved from there. Tranquilizers, either long or short acting are possible if absolutely necessary. But most horses are well established travelers if they are flying, and honestly I have known foals and yearlings that handled it just fine.
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They can be "aced" or the like.

I used to work for a very large shipping company loading and unloading their aircraft. It wasn't uncommon AT ALL to put horses on an airplane. Like qtrbel said, they make special "stalls" for them that get "locked" into a spot in the plane. Also, a trainer usually rides with them.

We would get horses in all the time, unload them from the plane and drive them to a secluded area of the ramp and watch the handlers/trainers unload them and load them up onto a trailer. Saw some VERY freaked out horses and some very chill horses, but never any accidents.

horseshipping.jpg This is how they travel via air.
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They prefer not to sedate them as they need to be standing up throughout the journey, a horse trying to go down in an air shipping container would be as bad as one going down in a regular road trailer - except you can't pull over to do anything to try to fix the situation
I had 3 horses flown to the US from the UK with no trouble at all, they don't even know they're in the air, that part is actually the least worrying bit for them.
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I was thinking of take off and landing, air pressure changes, turbulence, etc. Amazing that they can do this!
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I sold several horses over seas, and they all arrived fine in their new homes
One was just a yearling
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They travel in trailers on bumpy roads and through heavy traffic so being in the air really isn't that disturbing, even the going up and coming down and any turbulence - we humans worry more about things like that because we allow our minds to imagine all sorts of potential disasters but horses don't have the ability to do that
If you ever ride in the back of a trailer then you'd understand better why they cope as well as they do with air travel!!!
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