Posting for a friend...how to find a shipper on I-5....
She knows of a mare she wants who is in Olympia, WA and is doing some sort of deal where her gelding is going north and the mare is coming back or vice versa. Neither one of us has not a clue how hiring a shipper for a horse is done but said I'd ask here. I know her gelding has manners and will haul just fine and it sounds like the mare will haul fine also.
Just in case there isn't a spot in someone going that way (check the other board for my post) what do you do to start the ball rolling?? Is there a website of horse haulers on I-5 she could check out?? Should she check out their credentials or does a recognized hauler have to have everything in order to charge for shipping, so she doesn't have to check herself?? (Did that make sense??)
Whatever info you give me, I'll pass along to her, I've no dog in the hunt, just trying to help her out.
Indeed! I was thinking "Well, gee, they do have signs at a lot of truck stops, etc. Craigslist, always an option. But CotH could work too..."
Welp, about the truckstops. Since I used to be an OTR driver (may be back at it soon, too, miss the money), a lot of the big names have really cut down on 'nefarious dealings' in the parking lot. They are striving to be family friendly, of all things. However, anyone is welcome to step over a fence and visit certain places of business, right next door or a bit down the road. Since I'm basically a lapsed cowgirl, I don't walk much of anywhere, so, fat lot of good it would do me to try to find one... HA!!
After having read all the "OH MY GOD WHERE IS MY HORSE" shipping threads on here, this morning, I saw an interesting little news piece on the new "fraud". Moving companies people find on the internet, with low prices who "ransom" the furniture, etc, when they call to deliver and double or triple the quoted price. Sub contractors who are shady at best. Some of them downright aggressive and violent.
I would rather spend more money on someone that EVERYONE and their brother said is a pricey shipping but does a good job than shop for price with a "well, he sounds like a nice guy and he was affordable". He told me there weren't going to be any stops. Yeah, PM me on a major shipper that I won't ever use again, it was 1990 and I'm still pissed off.
Sometimes it is going to cost you a lot to get your horse where it's going unless you live on I-75 between Kentucky and Florida.
Just use one of the big name guys people, then you at least have some recourse.
JMHO, worth exactly what free advice is usually worth, but something to think about.