It was time for my stallion to return home from his two-year lease. I wasn't worried about him. He is an ex-racer who was shipped frequently in the past.
I was worried about the filly coming with him. She had never been loaded or handled much.
I was also concerned that hauling a filly and stallion together would be a problem.
Larry, of Fundamental Transport, reassured me that he could handle the filly and load her safely. The two horses would be the only horses in his trailer that was fitted out into two box stalls with a safe separation between them. It sounded ideal.
I had some flexibility on time but wanted to make sure the horses made the trip from Southern California to Northern California in one-day. Larry worked with me on schedule and the horses were picked up promptly in the morning and delivered as expected the evening of the same day.
Larry called once they were on their way to say the horses were safely onboard (but not without some resistance from the filly). We chatted a couple of more times during the day.
When Larry arrived, he devised a plan to make sure that if the filly was to break away while being unloaded she would still end up in a confined area (in this case our barn breezeway). But no worries. With Larry at her head and someone else behind, she came off the step down hesitantly but safely and was led to her new stall. Larry took care to check if her waterer was working and commented that the horses, though offered, had elected not to drink water on their trip. You could tell by the way he spoke and handled the horses that he is a true horseman.
Price was not my primary concern, but Larry was the lowest price by at least 10 percent and in some cases 20%. He picked the horses up on a back-haul and so gave me a discount, which I really appreciated.
I short, Larry is the best horse shipper I have ever used and the first person I will call the next time I have to ship a horse.