Transporting Your Horse with uShip
Preparing your horse for transport couldn’t be easier with uShip. All you need to do is create a listing and let the expert horse transporters come to you. Each transportation service has a profile for you to view their history and customer feedback to make sure you’re choosing the perfect service for your valuable cargo. We’ll be here to help you every step of the way, from listing your transport needs to your horse arriving safely at their destination.
How Much Does Horse Transportation Cost?
The cost of horse transport depends on the distance and any specific needs your horse has. On average, it costs A$2.55 per kilometre for horse transport less than 100 kilometre, but costs A$1.10 per kilometre for horse transport less than 1,000 kilometre.
Whether you’re buying a horse from another state or deliver your horse to a show, choose your horse carrier carefully. We recommend taking a look at our cost to transport a horse page. There you’ll be able to view past real-world horse transport transactions as they happened. We know that getting familiar, and comfortable with our process is important.
How to Prepare Your Horse for Transport
Ensuring your horse is in good physical health is critical before departure. Injured or sick horses should not be placed in a trailer or transported as it may increase their health risks or pass the illness to other animals. Most transportation services require health certificates, so be sure to schedule an appointment with the vet before the scheduled departure date.
Another important step for preparing your horse for transport is teaching it to load and unload from a trailer. If your horse isn’t used to travelling, this is especially imperative to ensure a smooth journey for both your horse and the transporters who will be interacting with them. Your horse will need to know basic commands such as stop, walk, back up and turn around.
To practice loading and unloading, lead your horse around the trailer and let them inspect it at their own leisure. When your horse is familiar with the trailer, calmly walk your horse to the ramp. They may want to back out or get flustered, so the key is to remain calm and avoid bribing or punishing your horse to walk into the trailer. Teaching your horse to load and unload requires patience and persistence, but eventually your horse should become familiar and comfortable in their new space.