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  • Charlie Gibson Horse Transport & Tapps Horse Transportation

    Has anyone heard of Charlie Gibson Horse Transport or Tapps Horse Transportation? I am looking for references. I have read all sorts of online reviews of both being absolutely fabulous to deal with, and I want to make sure this is true! I have had THREE bad dealings with three separate haulers that have ripped me off or tried to rip me off on this haul so far, and I could really use "Hauler #4" to be SUPER AWESOME.

    Please feel free to post or PM your experiences.
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    I've never dealt with Charlie Gibson Horse Transport. However I recommend Tapp to all of my clients who need a shipper to bring their retiree to our farm. Over the years Tapp has been here probably 30 times and every time it has been a pleasure to work with them. They were just here about three weeks ago.
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    • #3
      I used Tapp a few years ago to bring my horse from Ohio to Virginia. They were great to deal with and even moved him to a box stall from his straight stall when the horse in it got off. They were running a bit late, but kept in touch with me the whole time so I knew when to expect them.
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      • #4
        Used Tapp twice in the past couple of years with excellent service both times.

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        • #5
          I have used Charlie a lot over the years. He's an excellent horseman and my horses always arrive in fabulous shape. I would highly recommend him.

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          • #6
            I have never used the Tapps, but they are my neighbors.
            Speaking from experience dealing with them and seeing how they take care of their own horses; The Tapps are extremely nice, honest, and well respected among the local horse community.
            Things happen for a reason...so when I reach over and smack you upside the head, just remember...you gave me a reason!

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            • #7
              I would reccoment Tapp without reservation.

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              • #8
                Charlie Gibson is taking a racing mare for me from Portland to Ft. Collins, CO this weekend. I found his rate to be very competitive. He came highly recommended from someone in the COTH community. I checked him out and have heard nothing but good things about him both as a transporter and a horseman. I like that he and his wife do the hauling and he's very easy to reach and he was able to give me very definite dates for pickup and delivery. Horse arrives Sunday morning so I'll know more then, LOL.

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                • #9
                  I used Charlie Gibson Horse Transport to move 4 horses from Socal to the Puget Sound area in Washington. It was actually his wife who transported them and she was great. No nonsense, good horsewoman. They sent a 4 horse head to head, were on time, and were great about communicating with us. Our horses arrived in just as good of condition as when they went on the trailer.
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                  • #10
                    I used Tapp 3 years ago and had a good experience, they had to hold my horse for a few days; called me every day to update. Called a few days before departure to confirm, called again the morning of to tell me the time trailer would arrive.
                    "You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?" Richard Bach

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                    • #11
                      Just wanted to give Charlie Gibson Horse Transport a big THUMBS UP. I shipped a racing mare from Portland to Ft. Collins. She arrived last night in good condition. Communication with Charlie was frequent, and excellent! He kept us updated about pickup and delivery times all along the way, and the horse arrived within 1 hour of ETA. I loved that I could reach him on his cell phone in the truck. He even upgraded the horse to a box stall at no extra charge when he noted that she was 'antsy' in the van and he was concerned about her stress level.

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                      • #12
                        I used Tapp a few times and have been pretty happy with their trailering. They did keep a horse of mine at their farm in Lexington for a few days while organizing the next leg of his trip. He was fine, but it kind of killed me that he spent about 3 days in Lexington, KY when he was only 5 hours away from his final destination. The actual trailering, though, I was happy with and horses arrived looking good. I wasn't overly crazy about the days in Lexington, though, and have used Equine Express since then.

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