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  • Feedback on Specific Long-Distance Transporters

    There seem to be merits to stopping at night without unloading, stopping and unloading for the night, driving through the night but stopping at fixed, tightly controlled rests every 2 days ... and everyone says that "unlike the others ..." they have drivers who are horsepeople or horsepeople who are drivers, feed this kind of hay, suggest you provide your own ... it's all quite confusing.

    I'm bringing a big mare who is an inexperienced traveler from northern California to central Florida. I've gotten quotes for providers who offer full box stalls, air ride vehicles, water/hay at all times, regular stops, two drivers and so on.

    I have read many of the existing threads, appreciate the wide variety of responses, and would be grateful for those of you with experience in the last 12 months to share (maybe again) your thoughts.

    Here's my short list based on previous threads and conversations with their representatives:
    • Rodney Wilbanks
    • Yosemite Equine Services
    • DDP High Desert Equine
    • Equine Express
    • Cox Equine Transport
    • Bob Hubbard

    Was the timing as promised, did the horse arrive in good shape, did you like the handling of the horse and the communication, would you use them again? Other comments?

    Thank you so much for your patience

  • #2
    This probably will not help your decision, but I bought a horse last year north of LA and wanted to bring her to central florida. After much deliberation about the stress of a road trip and my nerves during that time, I decided to put her on a plane. It was obviously more $ than the road trip, but she was door to door in about 18 hours (vanned to LAX in the wee hours after midnite, loaded on plane in the morning, flown to West Palm and trucked up here.
    She was absolutely fine, and recovered very quickly from the trip. If you want more info on this option, send me a pm.

    Edited to add that I used Equine Express years ago to bring a horse from Texas to Ohio; they did an excellent job, on time, etc. but it was at least 8 yrs ago.
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


    • #3
      I agree, bought a horse from Washington state and he was trailered to LAX and flown to NY. More money but so worth it!
      Friesians Rule !!


      • #4
        I have used Cox Equine and Equine Express for many, many years. I have always had wonderful service. Great drivers who do know horses. Horses have always arrived happy and healthy.

        We are in Houston and have shipped to or from as far away as LA, San Francisco, Oregon, BC, Florida and New York.
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        • #5
          Oooh timely! Too bad my filly is coming from Southern California though.... and to Georgia.

          Thanks for posting this! I'll be checking too And good luck with your mare.


          • #6
            I have used Bob Hubbard several times and LOVE them.

            I have heard good things about Equine Express and Cox too.


            • #7
              Equine Express just dropped my new pony off today and I can only say "Wow, they were wonderful." They were exactly on time to pick her up and drop her off. She was on the trailer all night Thursday and most of Friday. I spoke with the driver Friday morning for an update. She spent Friday night at their place north of Dallas and then came on to Houston today. They called me Friday night to let me know how she was doing. They called again this morning to say all was well and give me an ETA and they called again when they were an hour away. They actually give you the driver's number so you can call at any time to check on her. And they are just really, really nice! Highly recommend them!!!!


              • Original Poster

                Flecken ... Hubbard takes all horses from the west coast to their central facility in southern California. Then from there they go direct (non-stop) to their facility in Kentucky ... and from there to their final destinations.

                2tempe & friesian ... Flying was a consideration, and not THAT much more expensive than a full stall (especially with the current fuel prices), but a lot trickier regarding timing to filll a pallet, and the horse's current trainer wasn't in favor of the option based on her experiences and her knowledge of the horse.

                I'm having trouble connecting with Cox and EE right now ... I'm not able to use my cell phone in the building at work and they aren't inclined to leave detailed information in a message.

                Turns out Wilbanks doesn't have a trip that late in the spring, so I'll pursue the last three more aggressively. I have a guaranteed quote from Hubbard, but I don't remember if it's for 60 or 90 days.

                I feel a lot of pressure to demonstrate my ability to care properly for this horse (much less ride her) to her current trainer (also her breeder and my mentor for years), so I deeply appreciate everyone's replies on this. I will breathe such a sigh of relief when I see that her new trainer "gets" her and things are okay in her new home.


                • #9
                  Have used Equine Express and they were wonderful, but it wasn't a coast to coast trip. I'd be anxious too!


                  • #10
                    Used as recently as this past November and very happy with their service (and price) -
                    Morningstar Transport

                    Also, used recently
                    Yosemite (again, very good service and price).
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                    • #11
                      I've brought youngsters in from Canada - the big thing I recommend is get a full box stall - the horse can relax, move a bit, lay down.

                      One of the horses I sold went out on Bob Hubbard - and while they are a big, reputable company, I was not thrilled with them showing up in a TINY trailer (really TINY), luckily the big mare I sold was sweet and willing because this trailer was so small her face actually touched the front, her ears brushed the top! They did then haul her to a racetrack where she sat for several days before they loaded her onto the big air ride trailer for her haul across the country. I know that is an efficient way to gather the horses, and I understand they can't always get their big rigs into all facilities, but it didn't thrill me, nor was the buyer aware of it when she hired them.

                      Equine Express has a great rep - I've only had one buyer use them, and they had rave reviews. I also know (and recommend) several smaller name shippers, but most of them don't go all the way across country - one does a Western Canada/Western US route, the other stays this side of the Rockies, and another does only West Coast.


                      • #12
                        I have used Hubbard and Brookledge to ship cross country. They are excellent.
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                        • #13
                          I just used this shipper and his price and care were fantastic! I don't know if he will be making a trip that way but it can't hurt to call.

                          His name is Bill.

                          He shipped some ponies for some other people too and I don't think anyone was displeased.

                          Equine Express if they go that way. I have used them many times in the past and they are wonderful to work with.
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                          ? Albert Einstein


                          • #14
                            A bit about my wonderfull experiences with Hubbard.
                            They are really easy to work with. Very friendly and helpful on the phone.
                            Both the horses I shipped were "big". One was smaller Clyde but is still 17.1 Other was Hanv and about 16.3. They recommended box stalls though also have 1 1/2 tie stalls. Didn't recommend a regular tie stall due to their size.
                            The Clyde came from the NW to OK. Overnighted in Ca. Arrived right on time once they could get to the NW due to the massive snow storm that hit about the time of the original ship date. I couldn't there to meet him but a good friend of mine her who has lived on the race track for years all over the country and of course has experienced all shapes and forms of shippers was also very impressed with Hubbard.

                            The Hanv came from Az to Va. He overnighted (actually 2 days I think) in their Lex Ky facility. A friend of mine in the horse industry went to check on him and was very impressed with the facility and the care. And he arrived right on time too.

                            A friend of mine used them to ship a 3 yr stallion from Ky to NY. They had an empty box stall so put him in it at no extra charge :-) I prob wouldn't expect that little perk on a regular basis of course.


                            • #15
                              OP - yes, I had the issue w/ filling the pallet, and was somewhat bummed as they would have flown the horse to Orlando...Ended up using Tex Sutton, who has own fleet of planes and doesn't need to fill a pallet. Flew into West Palm. Probably smart to go w/ current trainer's recommendation, however.
                              We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                              • #16
                                I have used Cox and EE numerous times.

                                EE has always done a good job for me until I needed a Fingerlakes Finest shipped in August. Waffled on the space availability and then told me at the last minute they didn't have room on that load.

                                Cox picked her up the following week and she arrived in great shape. I have used and recommended Cox a couple of times since and have been pleased. Cox was significantly cheaper than EE on all occasions (10-25%).

                                They both have layover facilities within an hour of me (actually their primary hubs). Both facilities are clean and safe. Both use drivers who are "horsey" and closely monitor the horses. I was given cell numbers of the drivers for both companies.

                                I recommend either. If you used EE and timing is important, just make sure you have a confirmed box stall.
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                                • #17
                                  I'm also thinking of bringing an older horse from west coast to east coast. I don't think he could handle the road trip. How much to fly coast to coast?


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                                    Originally posted by mimiwenk View Post
                                    I'm also thinking of bringing an older horse from west coast to east coast. I don't think he could handle the road trip. How much to fly coast to coast?
                                    Mimi, my quote was $11K for the whole pallet and about $5 for a 1/3 of a pallet, which is about a stall-and-a-half. But that was before fuel prices skyrocketed last week.

                                    Although the trip is much shorter by air, the horses have to be sensible enough to load on the tarmac and handle the sound and reverberations of the aircraft. Sometimes bothers me and my horse is even MORE sound-sensitive.

                                    Also, a judge who has a lot of experience in cross-country horse travel mentioned to me that sometimes the stress of changing air pressure (imagine if you couldn't pop your ears on a flight) can be hard on horses.

                                    Mystik ... Hubbard (well, not him, but the gal I spoke with on the phone) did tell me that if the destination couldn't accommodate their big rigs, they contracted with local haulers for final deliveries if the distances were short. I'm glad your horse was okay.

                                    Hubbard did tell me about the layovers because I'd specifically asked. Every time one shipper tells me one thing, add it to my list of questions.

                                    Thanks everyone ... you know how much it helps just to be able to have conversation about issues!


                                    • #19
                                      A friend that ships alot and has for years always uses Hubbard. She says she has never had a horse delivered that was stressed.

                                      I saw a horse that a neighbor bought from Michigan and it looked awful!!!! I don't know who the shipped was though.
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                                      • #20
                                        Well, it has been a few years, but I was very happy with the service I received when Cox shipped a weanling from northern CA to middle TN for me. She had either a day or day and a half layover at their Texas facility. She had a stall and a half, which nearly equalled a box stall for a weanling. it was her first trailer ride, and she stepped off the ramp (at 4 am) looking as though she was just coming out of her stall at home. I was impressed with how easily she traveled and was handled.

                                        Her trip came in within only a few hours of my estimate. Cox was by far the cheapest quote that I received from any of the "big" companies at that time. My only complaint was that the drivers didn't keep in contact with me while they were on the road until they got close enough to give me an ETA. I would have liked more frequent updates, but I kind of assumed that no news was good news, and it was.