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    Horse Transportation Reccomendations from PA-WI

    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking for recommendations for transportation for my one mare early September. I'm moving from Pittsburgh, PA- Mt Pleasant, WI and am looking for a box stall. I'm having trouble finding anyone either local or a big company willing or able to run this route.

    Let me know who you've used and liked. Bonus points if you found someone to do a similar route!
    TIA

    #2
    You've checked with the big three? Brookledge, Equine Express, Bob Hubbard?

    I had a stellar experience with Holly Hill from MN to CT. Absolutely check with them, too

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      #3
      Have you tried Johnson Horse Transportation? They're based out of PA and seem to go everywhere.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Simkie View Post
        You've checked with the big three? Brookledge, Equine Express, Bob Hubbard?

        I had a stellar experience with Holly Hill from MN to CT. Absolutely check with them, too
        Waiting for Brookledge to answer me, Equine Express is only running route starting and ending in Texas, have not reached out to Bob Hubbard! I’ll do that now and I will also reach out to Holly Hill. Thank you thank you!

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          #5
          Originally posted by Mango20 View Post
          Have you tried Johnson Horse Transportation? They're based out of PA and seem to go everywhere.
          I will reach out now! Thanks so much!!

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            #6
            Mapping software suggests this is an 8-or-so-hour drive. Unless your mare is giant or a poor shipper, box stall might be overkill. Just a thought. Your horse deserves the best, I'm sure.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Huntin' Pony View Post
              Mapping software suggests this is an 8-or-so-hour drive. Unless your mare is giant or a poor shipper, box stall might be overkill. Just a thought. Your horse deserves the best, I'm sure.
              She has Equine Asthma and is 23- her being able to put her head down to drain her sinuses and optimize airflow would be good. It also tends to be a less stressful ride for them. It wouldn’t be a deal breaker if I couldn’t haul her that way, but it would be ideal.

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                Circle S Horse Transport is great. Wonderful people. They did a similar route to me last year and everything went smoothly. They go all over the place in and use smaller rigs than the big guns.
                https://www.facebook.com/circleshorsetransport/

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                  Originally posted by flyingchange View Post
                  Circle S Horse Transport is great. Wonderful people. They did a similar route to me last year and everything went smoothly. They go all over the place in and use smaller rigs than the big guns.
                  https://www.facebook.com/circleshorsetransport/
                  Thank you so much! So far everyone has been a no. Hopefully this one will work out.

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                    Haven't used her, but I see Roz Wilde being recommended on Facebook. I think she's in northern IL and seems to do some longer trips.
                    That's fine, many of us have slid down this slippery slope and became very happy (and broke) doing it. We may not have a retirement, but we have memories ...

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                      #11
                      Tony Aprile Horse Transportation is great: (708) 258-9449. So is C & E Horse Transport: (888) 265-3007
                      Savor those rides where you feel like a million bucks, because there will be those where you feel like a cheap date...

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                        #12
                        Roz Wilde has a good reputation. I used Friends Horse Transport from PA to Chicago and they were GREAT and affordable. Lots of updates that kept me confident as my new boy traveled home. Find them on facebook. They are a small operation but have all of the insurance, licenses, etc that are needed to haul commercially.

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                          #13
                          I tried to ship a horse from Maryland to west central Wisconsin 2 years ago , and had a terrible time trying to get transportation - finally, my original contact (Wright Run Farms/Jacob Wright 909-553-6321) put together a tag-team effort: Brian Hogan/Hogan Horse Transport, Warrenton, VA 540-349-9429 picked up my horse and overnighted my horse at his farm in VA. Then, next day he went to New Town Station in Lexington Ky, overnighted if I remember correctly. Next day, he was picked up by Wright Run Farms and delivered to my door in a huge 4 horse semi trailer. He arrived in very good shape, was happy all the way, loved his overnights and all drivers/companies were wonderful about communicating with me. This is a tough route, and I was lucky that I got what I got due to some TB's being picked up and sent to Canterbury in MN. Not all that expensive either - something like $1400. Two years ago, so $ may be far different now.
                          Might be worth a shot and you still have plenty of time. Good luck!

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                            #14
                            If you haven't contacted Bob Hubbard's I had a good experience shipping a horse from PNW to the deep south. Good luck!

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                              #15
                              I used Blue Chip, out of MA, to ship a horse from NM to PA (Pgh).. They were wonderful to me and my horse. Maybe try them?
                              Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation

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                                Originally posted by flyingchange View Post
                                Circle S Horse Transport is great. Wonderful people. They did a similar route to me last year and everything went smoothly. They go all over the place in and use smaller rigs than the big guns.
                                https://www.facebook.com/circleshorsetransport/
                                The joy of the larger rigs is that they are air-ride, and SO MUCH better for the horses. I would prefer to ship a horse long distance in an air-ride van. With the OP's description of her horse, I'd opt for air-ride.
                                Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation

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                                  Originally posted by J-Lu View Post

                                  The joy of the larger rigs is that they are air-ride, and SO MUCH better for the horses. I would prefer to ship a horse long distance in an air-ride van. With the OP's description of her horse, I'd opt for air-ride.
                                  Think we’d all prefer the big air-ride rigs but good luck finding one that does this route on a regular basis. You can get them to Lexington pretty easily and then you need to switch vans/carriers for the rest of the route.

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