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    Shippers from Midwest to East Coast?

    I’m looking to have a horse shipped from Iowa to Maryland. I have quote requests in to Brookledge, Equine Express, and Bob Hubbard, but that’s not really a regular route for any of them. I did post an ISO on a FB horse transport group but many of the shippers on there seem kind of sketchy. Going through Kentucky would not be out of the way and KY to MD would be easy, but I’m not sure how regular a run IA to KY is for anybody.

    Can anyone recommend shippers who make semi-regular runs between the Midwest and the East Coast?
    Building and Managing the Small Horse Farm:

    Check with Crossroads or C&E. They're both based in the Midwest and head to the east cost often. Not sure if they regularly go out to IA but it's worth a call.


      I'm in Iowa and used Yoder Equine Transport to ship from Massachusetts to IA and he was great. Good communication, on time, nice rig, and fair price. He's actually based in IA and I believe he goes to FL, so a stop in MD wouldn't be out of the question


        I had a fabulous experience with Holly Hill from MN to CT. Not sure if they are in Iowa with any regularity, but certainly worth checking in with them. Good luck!


          Original Poster

          You guys are the best! I contacted all of the places you recommended and already got a quote from Yoder. They’re headed this way only four days after the PPE so that would be perfect! The price he gave me was for a slant load though and that doesn’t seem great for such a long trip, so I’ll have to enquire further.
          Last edited by Libby2563; Jun. 30, 2020, 01:59 PM.
          Building and Managing the Small Horse Farm:


            Yoder had box stalls for my horse, but maybe he runs different rigs depending on the route.


              Unless it's some sort of remote part of IA I'm not sure why Brook Ledge wouldn't do it. I shipped my horse from Omaha, NE to MD a couple years ago and it was super easy and reasonably priced.
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                Don't have any advice on shippers, but my mare hauled just fine in an older, not professionally driven slant load for an 18 hr trip last year. Though she is pretty small so it may be different for a bigger horse.

                I hope the new horse is a pony


                  Original Poster

                  Brook Ledge just quoted me $2700 so that’s not happening! I don’t think it’s a regular route for them at all. Apparently they and C&E have merged now btw. Equine Express’s quote was “only” $1400 though I’d need to give them at least 3 weeks’ notice. Just goes to show it’s worth calling around!

                  equinelibrium It is a pony!!! The PPE isn’t until late next week so I don’t want to jinx things with too much info yet, but trust me that he is freakin adorable.
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                    Late last year I used Yoder, from WI to the West Coast, for a young horse. Great communication, fair price, horse did well. Yes it was a slant but I got a box stall which helped and was still cheaper than a 1/2 stall with the big air-ride companies. Plus, Yoder is based in the Midwest (Iowa) so he's "local" in that region. IIRC he said sometimes he drove an air ride rig but that a good driver in a slant = better ride for the horse than air ride driven by a careless non-horseman.


                      Yes, when Yoder stopped to drop off mine in IA, the rest of the horses in the rig were on their way to CA and all looked happy. My horse unloaded bright and fresh. He's a good horseman.


                        Originally posted by Libby2563 View Post
                        Brook Ledge just quoted me $2700 so that’s not happening! I don’t think it’s a regular route for them at all. Apparently they and C&E have merged now btw. Equine Express’s quote was “only” $1400 though I’d need to give them at least 3 weeks’ notice. Just goes to show it’s worth calling around!

                        equinelibrium It is a pony!!! The PPE isn’t until late next week so I don’t want to jinx things with too much info yet, but trust me that he is freakin adorable.
                        Yay, pony! Fingers crossed for a crystal clear PPE!