This is just a vent, my hands are tied at this point. When I arranged for horse to be shipped from New England to the Midwest, was told they had trailerload leaving NE and heading west and my guy would be dropped off enroute to western destination. Already, trailer has goes all over the freaking place making other pick-ups.
Another aggravating thing is a pick up south of NE caused a full day's delay because the STUPID people with their "$100,000" Gypsy Vanners did NOT have health certificates. So on a holiday weekend, there had to be much scrambling around to pull together needed paperwork. Why are these horses worth $100,000, did they win the Kentucky Derby? If you own a $100,000 horse and have all that money, won't don't you have the sense to have your paperwork?
So who knows when I will get my horse! At least they come off the trailer every night to rest. But I am not happy that a direct drive west from NE turned into 2 or 3 different side trips. I know these people need to make money but that is not what I was told. And the large fee the Gypsy Vanner people were paying to have their majical steeds shipped justified everyone elses horses being inconvenienced and delayed.
It seems no good to check references, etc. Or is this the norm for shipping?
I've heard a lot of similar stories, but never had that problem myself. I've been really lucky to have shippers who are very up front about the schedule and such. I'm sorry to hear about your experience.
A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.
This happened to me, shipping horse from NE to midwest, too! Unfortunately, some down trees caused shipper to have to take more back roads, which resulted in a huge delay. An approximately 20 hour trip turned into 36 hours, and my horse never got off the trailer (they had 2 drivers).
They also didn't call me to tell me that she wouldn't be there the day we expected. I was not impressed, but she made it safely -- just quite tired!