As with most things in life, your best success is going to include preparation. Preparing your horse for the trip will always benefit your horse and yourself. Most of this information is thoroughly researched, but please always consult with your veterinarian if it is something that is new to you or you do not understand.
-At the time of arranging the shipping of your horse, we will ask you to submit a horse questionaire over the phone, email, or mail. These will be questions about your horse in order to provide the best shipping arrangements.-It is very important to let us know of any medical problems or any medication that needs to be used during the trip.
-If you plan on shipping your horse, get an examination from your veterinarian to ensure that your horse is healthy enough to ship. This includes a coggins test and updated on all vaccinations and worming.
-If the horse is healthy the veterinarian should issue you a health certificate and a negative coggins test report. Health certificates and reports are good for 6 months and required in most states in order to ship your horse. Please have these available for the horse transporter when they come to pick-up your horse.
Brand inspector Report-A brand inspection from the state brand inspector coming from the following states: AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT WY and parts of NE, OR and WA.
-Do not feed grain or rich feed 3 days prior to shipping.
-Replace alfalfa with grass hay 5-7days before the trip.
-Sending your own hay will help your horse because they are used to it and it will not be a change. This will help ensure that your horse will eat on the trip and will be less likely to have any digestive problems due to the stress of traveling.-On the morning of his trip give him a dose of a probiotic, this will ensure proper levels in his digestive tract.
Electrolytes-Starting three days before any trip, horses should be put on electrolytes. It's best to use a powder intended for water. This allows the horse to get used to a new flavor, but one that came from home. Adding the electrolytes to the water flavors it to cherry or apple and when away from home his water will always be the same. Additionally the elevated electrolytes increase the bodies' trace elements, which will make him a little thirsty. All of this is pointed at making him drink about a gallon per one hundred pounds of body weight per day, or in other words for a one thousand pound horse ten gallons per day.
Feet-Have the farrier check your horse two to three days before transport.
-Wrapping your horse's legs is your decision. However, if the wraps become loose, our horse transporters will remove them and not reapply them.
-We do not recommend helmets, boots or tail wraps.
-It is recommended to add about 3 ounces of mineral oil to your horses feed 3 days prior to shipping, in order to help prevent any chances of colic.
-It is recommended to give antibiotics for young horses that have been through the sales and are traveling more than 12 hours.
Ground Work-It is important to remember that we are in the business to move your horse with the least amount of stress possible, but we are not in the business to train your horse. Adequate groundwork on your part will make a safer and less stressful time for your horse.