Hi - Recommendations for shippers going from Washington to California. I was thinking of using Wings horse transportation as they have a rig going next week...but boy they were just destroyed recently on Yelp. I've contact Blew by you and American Shippers, Bob Hubbard (which he was twice as much as Wings). Any other ideas who might be more reasonably priced but solid shippers?
Charlie Gibson Horse Transport. Charlie and his wife are based in WA and come to CA regularly. They recently did a couple of multi state hauls for me. Very good horsemen and super communication en route, and Charlie beat Hubbard's quote by a mile!
Good timing on bumping the thread, I was going to make one myself soon. I'm looking to bring a horse from Sacramento to Seattle! Haha.
I was quoted $680 by American Horse Transportation for the job. I know a couple of people who have done it with them without a problem. I'm still checking company reviews to look for other quotes though. Right now is the time of year they're shipping a lot of OTTBs so a lot of people are either booked solid with TBs. Check craigslist as a lot of people are doing haul shares too.
I need a professional company since I'm shipping a young horse who does not have a ton of experience in a trailer (she was taught to load in one as a yearling but has not actually been in one since).
My friend just used Wilfong Equine Services - 541-944-4999 out of Medford, OR after the shipper she had arranged to use bailed on her at the last minute. She said she was very happy with them and that they had great communication. Horse went from Goldendale, WA to Northern California.
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I'm pretty sure there are eventers headed from Washington to Gilroy on the 19thof Jan if you want to go that route. PM me and I can pass along more info, but I am sure they would be happy to pick up some gas $ for the trip. Returning home the 24th o 25th. Lots of experience with long hauls.
A friend recently used Hubbard to transport a horse from OR to SoCal, and I DO NOT advise you to use them. Not only are they expensive, but she got HORRIBLE customer service and the horse was not cared for as explained and agreed upon. They changed the pick up date twice, did not maintain contact, and changed the drop off date not once, not twice, but THREE times, all at the last minute. The horse was NOT fed the hay he was provided with, even though they said they would feed it because he was a colic risk. They also did not use the shipping boots like they said they would.
And to top it off, when the driver finally showed up, he was a complete asshole, and was very rude.
DO NOT use them.
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Based on the recommendations here, I used Belvoir to ship my Hanoverian mare from Oregon to No. CA. Super job; they were prompt, kept in touch, and she arrived looking like she stepped out of a show stall. I highly recommend them.