The most inexpensive and common way to transport horses, is in a single standing stall on a shared trip. A shared haul does require stops along the way and does take longer. This reflects in the price quote. Routes are as direct as possible.
A charter haul is a direct haul without stopping for other horses - only routine rest and fuel stops. Charters are suitable for local hauls, emergencies, quarantine trips and for clients that need their horse in a timely manner. Charter or partial charter trips are sometimes necessary for clients that live in rural areas not along a major route where sharing is possible. This is a more expensive way to go but can be the most practical depending on the circumstance.
Barns are welcome to book the entire trailer for a show or an event. This is considered a charter booking. It is best if 1 person is appointed to organize booking the horses getting on the truck, ensure the shipping documents are in order and payment for each horse is received. This is a super way to get the horses to a venue in a timely manner for date specific events.
Group bookings should be booked well in advance as the trailer routes do get busy. Space is limited for large trunks. The group bookings are available between BC and Alberta, as well as local venues.
A single standing stall (or tie stall) is suitable for mature horses that have been transported before without issue. They are often cross tied or tied, contained between a chest and butt bar with a full gate closed in front of them. The single standing stalls are large enough to contain a 17hh horse wearing an 86" blanket. There are head and body dividers between the horses.
Small box stalls are suitable for weanlings, yearlings and extra large or heavy horses. For horses that do not not travel well in confined space, the box stall is always a great option. Mares with foals must travel in box stalls. Depending on the size of the mare and foal, an X large box could be available, as opposed to a small box.
If the trailer fills up before you get a chance to commit to a stall, there is a stand by list that is kept. Some trips fill quickly before being posted and others, have lots of room. It is never predictable. However, if someone cancels or postphones, if you are on stand by....and short notice is acceptable....I am happy to contact the next person waiting.
The health of the horse will be noted upon pick up. If I feel your horse is not healthy enough to travel, the horse will not be permitted to get on the trailer. There could be a fee involved for having an empty stall on the trailer, so please ensure your horse is healthy.
I have been asked if proof of vaccines is required. The easy answer is no. I cannot force clients to vaccinate their horses. However, I can encourage people to do their own diligence and ensure vaccines are up to date in order to protect their own horse.
Virkon is used to sanitize the trailer. I take keeping my equipment clean, very seriously.
It is normal for horses to not eat alot or drink as usual while being transported. Especially the first day. During the trip, slow feed hay nets are available to each horse. I like the slow feeders as it keeps the horses busy and reduces the possibility of choking. I provide a grass mix with a very low alfalfa content. Owners are welcome to provide their own hay - please let me know in advance. 1 bale may be sent.
Water pails are suspended in front of the horses during rest stops. When very warm and if the horse is quiet enough, I will leave the pail in front of them during travel.
It a great idea to collaborate with your vet or trainer regarding preventive ulcer medicines prior to the trip. I have no problem administering to the horse.
Avoid large amounts of grain prior to travel. It can be a good idea to feed a soupy mash with electrolytes upon arrival of the horse.
Another great tip...horses can be fussy about the smell of water. You can cut your horses' water with apple juice or apple cider vinegar prior to the trip to get them used to it. While I have your horse, I am happy to cut their water with whatever you provide. It helps mask the smell of different water.