moving horses and ponies

Moving with Pets: Moving Horses and Ponies

Moving Horses and Ponies
Your horse or pony can be moved commercially via air freight, or by a horse transporting company. Or you can tow it in a horse trailer behind your car or truck. In any case, if you are moving out of state, you'll need the health documents required by the destination state.

Tow-It-Yourself
Towing your horse or pony in a trailer behind your motor vehicle is a handy way of moving it to your new location. In addition to the animal, the trailer will hold a reasonable amount of feed and tack. Rental trailers are available – a quick search online should find some options your area.

It is important to know that driving with a horse trailer takes skill. You should be familiar with trailering prior to the move, or have plenty of time for practice before departure.

On trips that will take more than a day, you should plan overnight stops in advance. Be sure to ask about local facilities for the care of horses when booking accommodations. If you are camping, make sure that horses are permitted in the campgrounds or somewhere nearby. Motel managements, particularly in rural communities, will sometimes grant permission for a horse and trailer to be kept in the parking area overnight.

A horse or pony can generally be boarded overnight at reasonable cost at stables along the way. All well-run stables will ask to see the animal's interstate health certificate and negative Coggins (equine infectious anemia) test before admitting it. The stable management may also be able to suggest a place for stabling for the following night.

Moving Your Horse by Air
A cargo airline that accepts your horse or pony for transport will accommodate it only on a nonstop flight between origin and destination cities. An attendant must accompany the animal. You will be required to provide a shipping stall constructed according to airline specifications and, if necessary, loading and unloading ramps. Any tack shipped must be labeled and weighed separately.

You will be responsible for prepayment of shipping charges and attendant's fare, delivery of animal and tack to the air terminal on time, and pickup at destination.

Some horse transporting companies will, for a fee, make all the necessary arrangements for air shipment of your horse or pony. Your moving counselor can likely suggest a reputable company.

By Horse Transporting Company
Companies engaged in the interstate transportation of horses are required to have Interstate Commerce Commission operating authority. Transportation charges are based on a point-to-point mileage system with door-to-door pickup and delivery.

Your horse or pony can be moved commercially via air freight, or by a horse transporting company. Or you can tow it in a horse trailer behind your car or truck. In any case, if you are moving out of state, you'll need the health documents required by the destination state.Towing your horse or pony in a trailer behind your motor vehicle is a handy way of moving it to your new location. In addition to the animal, the trailer will hold a reasonable amount of feed and tack. Rental trailers are available – a quick search online should find some options your area. It is important to know that driving with a horse trailer takes skill. You should be familiar with trailering prior to the move, or have plenty of time for practice before departure.On trips that will take more than a day, you should plan overnight stops in advance. Be sure to ask about local facilities for the care of horses when booking accommodations. If you are camping, make sure that horses are permitted in the campgrounds or somewhere nearby. Motel managements, particularly in rural communities, will sometimes grant permission for a horse and trailer to be kept in the parking area overnight.A horse or pony can generally be boarded overnight at reasonable cost at stables along the way. All well-run stables will ask to see the animal's interstate health certificate and negative Coggins (equine infectious anemia) test before admitting it. The stable management may also be able to suggest a place for stabling for the following night.A cargo airline that accepts your horse or pony for transport will accommodate it only on a nonstop flight between origin and destination cities. An attendant must accompany the animal. You will be required to provide a shipping stall constructed according to airline specifications and, if necessary, loading and unloading ramps. Any tack shipped must be labeled and weighed separately.You will be responsible for prepayment of shipping charges and attendant's fare, delivery of animal and tack to the air terminal on time, and pickup at destination.Some horse transporting companies will, for a fee, make all the necessary arrangements for air shipment of your horse or pony. Your moving counselor can likely suggest a reputable company. Companies engaged in the interstate transportation of horses are required to have Interstate Commerce Commission operating authority. Transportation charges are based on a point-to-point mileage system with door-to-door pickup and delivery.