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  1. #1
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    Default Hauling - Average Cost

    I may be purchasing a horse out of state and I'm trying to get a general idea of transportation cost. Horse would be traveling approximately 300 miles up the east coast.



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    Take the cost of gas & double it x miles.

    That's a good starting point, but you need to contact shippers because there is a HUGE difference.
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    I'm going to venture to guess it'll be far higher than 2x the cost of fuel. A respectable commercial hauler will have insurance, a well maintained rig & trailer, professional CDL driver, a trailer sanitized between loads, etc. The last time I asked around I was given a ballpark of $2/loaded mile, but that was awhile back -- before fuel went up so high.

    It'll also make a difference if you want him hauled alone or if he can share the ride with others. Sharing a ride can be cheaper, but then you've got the disease exposure issue. Who knows where the other horses came from. They may have health certs, but IMHO those things are pretty worthless. They only tell you the horse *appeared* to look healthy the moment the vet looked at him. There's no way to know if he was at New Holland auction covered in strangles-sneezes a few days before.

    Here's one site that may help you get quotes:
    http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/hitch-hiking_horses/



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    I would suggest going to www.uship.com and obtaining a quote - you will get quotes from several different companies and you can get a good idea of what it will cost, and if you find a price acceptable, you can 'accept' the offer! Best of luck!
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    I just shipped a horse 600 miles via Equine Express. It was $700 for a box stall. A straight stall would have been $550.
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