Cost of shipping a horse from CA to PA-or there abouts
Anyone done this recently? How expensive was it, and who did you use shipper wise?
A friend of mine is trying to buy a horse in Ca. It is not an expensive horse by any means, so we are trying to get shipping estimates to see if it is even a good idea. It would be stupid to pay more for the shipping than for the horse.
"Half the failures in life result from pulling in one's horse when it is leaping."
I just got my horse from California (to NJ) this week! He was shipped by Yosemite Equine. They were very nice people to deal with. They called with updates on when they would be arriving. Their driver was not the greatest about backing his big rig up our road. He did it, but it was painful to watch. My horse arrived as good as can be expected - dehydrated and hungry but with no cuts or behavior issues. The trip took 4 full days. I paid for a box stall because I didn't think it fair for him to just stand for that long. In the box he could move around and lay down if he wanted to.
Another company that I would recommend is Bob Hubbard Equine Transport. They just shipped a horse from NM to NJ for us. Their driver was an expert at backing the big rig. Also good to work with.
As far as price, for a box stall you are looking at around $3000 give or take. For a stall and a half, which is just a straight stall and not recommended, you are looking at around $2000 or so.
In November 2009 I shipped my rescue Paso Fino mare from PA to No CA for $1,200. I used John, Circle S out of WVA, he was great, excellent rig, good communication and she arrived in excellent condition. He now makes regular runs from PA to Central CA because a friend rescues horses from the brokers via AC4H. If your friend can hook up with him on a run back from CA most likely a good deal. http://www.circleshorsetransportation.com/
Just had a horse come in from Southern CA to Southcentral PA last December and it was about $900 I believe. Rose Creek Farm. It was a difficult youngster and they took excellent care of him. He arrived in top condition, and they had the patience to deal with some of his... moments. Found them on Uship. If you use Uship, just make sure to read the reviews. The more they have to go off of, the better. I have not really had a bad experience with Uship and have gotten some great deals.