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Question: What type of papers and what preparations do I need?
· A current health certificate (Only valid for 30 days) and negative Coggins test (Within 12 months.) must accompany your horse and a copy of each should be made. Note: The health certificate must indicate the horses temperature, reference the Coggins and have the Vet's signature. The Coggins must indicate the testing facility, be an original or a stamped/Notarized copy from the Veterinarian, Photo copy's are not longer acceptable in the state of Florida as of Jan. 1, 1999.
· All the appropriate immunizations, especially for young horses who might be more susceptible to viruses.
· At least half a bale to a bale of hay or grain in pre-measured containers, with detailed instructions on amounts of feed for each horse you are shipping.
· A bale of straw or sawdust or other bedding material if you are booking a larger box stall and your horse will be lying down. It is preferable that the horse owner supply the materials that their horse is accustom to, to avoid any chances of allergic reaction either respiratory or skin.
· Contact numbers (primary and secondary) from yourself, pick-up and drop off points, with as detailed a directions as possible. Most Haulers will call the pickup and delivery contact numbers (backup numbers are needed if the first number can't be reached) a few days before and give a projected time/day for the pick-up or delivery time/day. The hauler will need to talk to someone in person to determine when they will be ready to pickup or delivery. Someone needs to be at the pick-up and drop off point to help prepare for the trip or accept delivery of the horse. Most Transporters will call when they are 3 to 6 hours from the pick-up or destination.
· Do not over feed your horse the day before or the day of a trip, Do not feed the horse anything it is not used to eating. (High protein or high fat feeds, bran, oil, etc.) It is better to keep the horse(s) on the same feeding routine, because even in the horses own environment these changes in feed can cause digestive problems. He/she will be just fine with the hay and feed given during transport. During the summer months it is advisable to give the horse added electrolytes for a couple of days prior to a trip and continue a couple days after the trip. Most transporters carry their own supply of electrolytes to give during transport, but is best to ask.
· A brand inspection from the state brand inspector coming from the following states: WA, OR, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY, CO, NM, ND, Western SD, and parts of Nebraska. These take time to arrange with the state's area brand inspectors, so start early on this one.
· All the appropriate immunizations, especially for young horses who might be more susceptible.
Question: What should I do after the trip?
· After the trip you should mildly exercise the horse(s) (A brisk walk around the pasture). The horse is usually stiff after a trip. Please don't just place them in a stall after just being moved.
· The horse is and has gone though a lot of changes (Trailering, New pasture or barn, different water and New herd mates.) and that alone could cause colic. The horse should not be over fed for any reason, you should divide their feeding into two or three feedings for the first day or two, with electrolytes added for a couple of days and given as much water as possible.
· The horse should be monitored closely for a couple of days for colic, soreness in the legs and signs of sickness.
Question: Will my horse be insured?
As a federally regulated carrier, $1,000 limited accidental mortality insurance is provided for each horse. It is important to understand that this is collision mortality only insurance. As a third party (not the owner), it is not possible for the hauler to provide full coverage insurance. It is primarily the horse owner's responsibility to provide insurance. If the owner elects not to obtain insurance, the owner assumes all risks. If you're shipping a horse that has just been purchased, it is strongly recommended that the buyer and seller come to an understanding in advance as to who is responsible for insurance during shipment or who is assuming the risk. If you want full coverage you should arrange for insurance prior to shipping. Inexpensive options for 30-day policies for travel are readily available from sources such as the All American Horse Insurance Agency.
Be sure to ask the company if they will accommodate any special instructions that you have.
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