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  1. #1
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    Default Commercial Shipper Advice

    I am preparing to move from VA to TX and I need to find a professional shipper to transport my horse. This will be my first experience with a commercial horse hauler, so I'm looking for advice!

    I'd love recommendations for reputable companies and any other tips I should know before I put my horse on the trailer.



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    I traveled with Brookledge from New York to Calgary, Alberta and I was very impressed with their horse care and the traveling conditions of the horses. They are a very reputable company with many trucks.



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    I would highly recommend Johnson Horse Transportation!



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    Brookledge. Can't go wrong.



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    Johnson is very good. Also, I just had someone use Equine Express to ship their new horse from VA to CA, and it seemed to be a good experience. She purchased a 1.5 stall, but they shipped her in a box stall the second leg of the trip.
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    I used Cox Equine Transport from CT to TX and I was very happy with the experience.


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    Brookledge is great. A smaller shipper who has done a nice job with horses for us is Horse Jitney.
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    www.DifferentTimesEquestrianVentures.com



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    Tip - I went to petsmart and had a dog tag made with my name and phone numbers and attached to her shipping halter. Just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky Boy View Post
    Tip - I went to petsmart and had a dog tag made with my name and phone numbers and attached to her shipping halter. Just in case.
    Good idea. Also worth doing if you have blankets that are not clearly marked. Just in case every horse on the truck has the same Baker sheet.



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    I shipped my filly from Florida to AZ with Equine Express. I couldn't find anything but positive reviews of them, and at 2 1/2 she stepped off that trailer completely calm (though confused about the mountains in the distance) and as if she had just left her stall in the barn she grew up in.

    There are definitely other good shippers as well, but my absolute requirements for any long distance would be air ride trailers the whole way, box stall, and horsepeople as the drivers.
    My horse is a dressage diva so I don't have to be.

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    We have had great experiences with Equine Express.



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    I have used Equine Express twice for cross-country hauls, and have had good experiences on both occasions.



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    I have used McLemore's 3 times - love them.



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    If you're going to use Equine Express, ask if they are planning on subcontracting. The only people I know who have ever had issues with EE had horses on trips that were subcontracted.

    I personally use Johnson and Brookledge. Never had any problems.



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    Creech Brothers. Based in the midwest but go all over.



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    also second Cox especially if you are going to Texas which is their home base. Used them 3 times now, all with perfect results. great rates too!



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    I just shipped a horse from VA to CA and she arrived (last night) in excellent condition. I used Equine Express and would highly recommend them based on the experience.

    Edited to add: SidesaddleRider is referring to me.
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    Brookledge is great.

    I used Lorraine to ship a horse from Miami to Maryland last summer and the office staff was dead rude. Brookledge called me back after I'd already given my deposit to Lorraine (I needed to move the horse relatively quickly from Calder) and actually came in cheaper.
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    Used Cox to ship my mare from Arizona to Va. Was extremely pleased with the service, the quote and her condition. Have used Johnson to ship from Va. to Fla and equally pleased with them. (Cox ships east to west or vice versa, but not north to south.)



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    I used Equine Express from TX to AZ and have nothing but great things to say about them.



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