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  1. #1
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    Apr. 11, 2006

    Default How long before it is safe to ship a mare/foal long distance?

    How old should a foal be before it is safe to ship it long distance? By long distance I mean a 6.5 hour drive with a professional hauler, box stall, air ride van etc . . . ? I have moved for a new job and I left my mare to foal out with an experienced breeder in my old area. My original plan was to wait until baby's is weaned to ship them, but now I am thinking I might like to have them here sooner. How long should I wait? Related question, how long would you be willing to ship a mare/foal for an inspection?

  2. #2
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    Oct. 2, 2003
    Mayerthorpe, AB


    I had a mare/foal combo hauled when the foal was just a couple of weeks old. The distance was similar and they did super. The lady that hauled bedded the trailer down (large open trailer with no dividers) with shavings and left mom and baby loose. Baby slept pretty well flat out and seemed totally unphazed by the trip and both arrived in excellent condition.
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  3. #3
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    Mar. 26, 2007
    Mission, BC, CANADA


    I picked up a mare with a 3 week old foal in Alberta and drove home to BC, approximately 13 hours no problem. Did the same as Cindy, mare and foal loose in the trailer, deep bedding. We stopped several times to let them rest.
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  4. #4
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    Nov. 14, 2004
    Fleetwood, PA


    I would say that by the time the foal is about a month old, the travel would not affect him. I would do loose in a box stall with the dam loose too. And knowing the mare, she is a good shipper, so I would also not worry.

  5. #5
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    Apr. 14, 2006


    Of neccessity - not choice - many years ago we shipped a TB mare and 6 day old filly 25 hours cross country in a box stall. Mare tied. Foal came off the trailer bucking and playing. No harm done. 7 years ago we shipped two mares with a three week old and a 5 week old 25 hours cross country. Same deal, box stalls, mares tied. Everybody was fine. The foals don't seem to care if they are moving down the highway as long as they have milk, a soft bed and MOMMA!!! Note - the younger the foal, the less cramped mom and baby will be in a trailer.
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  6. #6
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    Feb. 23, 1999
    Cypress, near Houston, Texas


    13 years ago, we shipped a mare with a 2 week old foal from Michigan to Houston. They arrived in great shape. The box stall was the key.
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  7. #7
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    May. 11, 2011


    Quote Originally Posted by crosscreeksh View Post
    Note - the younger the foal, the less cramped mom and baby will be in a trailer.
    This is an excellent point and also makes me think of how much more time younger babies spend sleeping and how much less time they spend assaulting and generally annoying their mums!

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