We own a granson of Seattle Slew. His name is Rhett. My daughter is an eventer and competes on him. he is both an excellent athlete and a member of our family.
When we interviewed movers for our relocation to Virginia from Tucson, we were thorough. The requirements were many, among them that the mover know and love horses, that the layover locations were well know to him, that horse was physically safe and unstressed, and that the equipment was up to date.
We got this, and so much more. TJ Hooper rearranged his schedule to accomodate us; found a spot for unexpected tack and equipment; and managed communications with a group of very road weary women who had a disastrous move. Rhett? His move was flawless, relaxing, and safe.
Here is how we know. Rhett came off the trailer mellow, happy, and curious. He was loathe to leave his friends on the trailer with whom he had bonded, but he was happy to see us. His weight was excellent.
Part way across countrey, TJ observed that Rhett was not drinking an optmal amount of water. He immediately contacte us and told us his plan: Rhet would be fed a concoction which would assist with water intake and if he did not increase his water consumption by the next day, TJ would stop and bring in a veterinarian. The next day, Rhett's water consumption had improved, and the trip continued undisrupted.
TJ brought the van through some terrible icestorms and weather without incident, and landed at the stable on time. He contacted us every day, and we were NOT talking to a dispatcher; we were NOT exchanging information about our horse from a third party. The person driving was the person caring for our horse and was the person we were talking to.
TJ has both full size 18 wheelers and vehicles for smaller loads. To us this showed a commitment to his business. This is not a "man and his truck" operation. This is a professional, well run company. We learned that he moves high end horses for commercial outfits as well as privately owned horses like ours. But he runs his business like a small one; his approach is high touch, high contact, and his knowledge and understanding of each animal is clear.
I would recommend TJ Hooper and ABC Horse Transport without reservation. Feel free to contact me with any questions about our experience. 520-360-0548.
TJ, thank you, on so many levels!!