I'm shipping this week FL to NJ (adjacent to PA/Philly)
For $450. I shipped the same pony down here for $400. I got these prices by posting on uShip.com and letting shippers bid against each other. The Yahoo Group "hitch-hiking horses" is also very good for getting genuinely competitive quotes.
And that's key: COMPETITIVE. There are a bunch of "custom" shippers out there who quote you three times higher than the going rates because they are relying on you NOT to shop around--and there are enough people out there who can afford NOT to shop around and/or who are not aware that commercial shippers are keyed into the bidding sites such that the custom shippers get away with their incredibly inflated prices.
uShip is particularly good because it's the equivalent of eBay: you get to read feedback from other clients and you get pictures of the rigs used (I will admit I had a baby hauled down here from NC for a great price via hitch-hiking horses, but the rig he arrived in made me really queasy about having signed up without seeing it first).
PLUS uShip calculates the answer to the question you just asked--what the average price for your trip has been--so you get an empirical instead of anecdotal answer.
Edited to add: However, I'm in Ocala. If you are shipping to WEF, four or so hours south, it'll be a couple hundred more, probably. But there's inflation there, too, as I've shipped Ocala to WEF for the same price as NJ to FL: $400! However, that may have been because 1.) I didn't shop around and 2.) there isn't any TB track/breeding traffic going that way.
Last edited by pwynnnorman; Dec. 23, 2009 at 06:39 AM.
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Be careful with UShip. I had a terrible experience with one of their shippers. I believe they are no longer in business, but they could be operating under a different name. I should have known something was up because they were so much cheaper than the others. They had a great website, had GPS tracking, nice layover barns, great reviews, etc. I was lucky my horse actully arrived but many others paid up front and their horses never even got picked up. The trip from MI to FL was supposed to take 3 days. It took a week and most of the time I had no idea where the horse was. The did not return calls, etc. Their truck broke down on 95 and it was summer time, hot and humid and were stuck for hours at a truck stop. When my mare arrived she was in the trailer with a crazy stallion. Just a mess, so be careful. Apparently these guys had been doing a good job and got in over their heads and just about the time they took my horse they were way over capacity.