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cost of flying a horse from east coast to west coast?

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  • cost of flying a horse from east coast to west coast?

    Soo, I was looking at the canter cuties thread and it got me thinking (dreaming and drooling actually). How much does it cost to fly a horse from california to virginia/east coast? I'm just wishful thinking here, but it may come in handy to know.

  • #2
    $5000 +


    • #3
      More than the horse is going to cost...

      Ground shipping you can get done for ~$2k give or take.


      • #4
        The above estimate on flying is pretty accurate; the flight itself may be a bit less, but then you have to pay to get the horse to the airport and it must be then hauled from the east coast airport to wherever you are. If you and horse are close to airport, not so bad; if its a few hours on either end, more $$. I flew a mare a couple years ago; used Tex Sutton; he picked up at LAX and dropped off at Palm Beach airport. There are another couple guys who arrange flights, but three are required to the same general location (a pallet); they are put on Fed Ex planes and they will land at more airports. But its really hard to fill the pallet...

        I would guess shipping by ground will be closer to $3 grand, based on a quote a friend got a few weeks ago.
        We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


        • #5
          Hmm, interesting. There is an ever so *slight* possibility that I will need to ship the mare to NY from CA this year, so this is good info. Not to hijack, but do horses shipped via air need FEI passports and/or insurance? Also, does anyone know if horses can fly out of SFO?


          • #6
            Yup, it's about $4900 for the flight, a couple hundred bucks on either end for ground shipping.

            They need only coggins and health certs, same as shipping ground domestically.

            They don't use SFO- FedEx will fly into/ out of Oakland, Tex Sutton you have to ship to Ontario.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by 2tempe View Post
              I would guess shipping by ground will be closer to $3 grand, based on a quote a friend got a few weeks ago.
              Sent two from Seattle to northern VA last year. It varies quite a bit depending on the shipper, route and stall configuration (stall and a half vs. box). Was quoted between $1850 and $2450 for 1.5 stall and $2300-$3000 for a box stall from Seattle to VA.


              • #8
                If you consider flying the more notice you give them you are far better off, especially if you don't need a exact date. That way they can fill a flight and it is cheaper. Tex Sutton does a great job, have flown with them a few times, actually with the horses on the plane. It is very easy on the horses, no so much on the pocketbook.
                Forward is good


                • #9
                  BlueBuckets: I started w/ this company: www.equiairshipping.com
                  When they couldn't fill a pallet they referred me over to Tex Sutton. Bruno at EquiAir was very nice to work with.

                  Wanderlust - yes, I was thinking of box stall as that was the quote my friend got for Seattle to Florida. But you are right, it can be a pretty big range, depending.

                  I opted for airfare partly for the horse's benefit and equally for my peace of mind, which wouldn't have coped well with what was looking to be a week long trip...

                  And reading another post, I think I was wrong on LAX; think my mare went to Ontario. Ah the memory gets fuzzy w/ age.....
                  We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                  • #10
                    I'm flying my mare from VA in about 10 days to AK. She has to be hauled up to NJand flies out of Newark International. Lands in Oakland, CA and has a ten hour lay over there. Then shes loaded up again and flies into the Anchorage airport in Alaska. Ground transport aside the flight is costing about $4,500. The quote I got to ship ground across the country to grab a flight in CA was anywhere from $3k to $5K depending on the company. I have family hauling her up to Newark and Im coming to get her in Anchorage. If you have a way to avoid the ground transports on either end flying is the HANDS DOWN best way to go.

                    Driving up she would have had about two weeks of stress. Flying its only about eight hours flight time and 14 total hours driving on both ends.


                    • #11
                      I have not shipped in yours so I am not up in current pricing. But the way the airlines used to do it was to price the cost of a pallet. If you wanted a stall and a half, then only 2 horses could go in the pallet and each paid 1/2 the price. But if you bought 1 stall, so 3 horses could fly together, you only paid 1/3rd of the pallet price. The stalls are approximately the same size as the stalls on a van.

                      I have sent a horse via pallet and also via Tex Sutton. The latter kind of plane is like a van. Horses travel in stalls and can look around them. You also have the choice of a stall or a stall 1/2. It is easier to get a flight with Tex Sutton because:
                      1. he flies many/most of the racehorses flying around the country, so he has a lot of flights going on a regular basis.
                      2. The race horses must be at certain places at certain times, so he will often fly them with less than a full plane.

                      In fact I think that flying animals is the only thing he does. I know that American Pharoah flew on Tex Sutton, at least once.

                      For those neaby, horses also fly in and out of Lexington, Ky.
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