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How to Choose a Horse Carrier

Horse carriers are required to adhere to strict federal, state, and local laws. Because your horse transporter will be responsible for a living animal, take extra care in choosing an experienced, licensed carrier. Checking out a transporter’s uShip profile will lend you an incredible insight into the person you will be entrusting and holding accountable for your precious horse. Here, you can read feedback that previous customers have left, the carrier’s transport history, policies, and legal authority. This type of transparency in the transportation industry is exclusive to uShip, and lets you have confidence in the carrier you choose.

Authority and Licenses Required for Horse Transportation

Like any other company that transports for hire, a horse carrier must have a USDOT and MC number. Ensure that your horse carrier is licensed to transport live animals and has an extensive knowledge of interstate and intrastate transportation laws.

In addition to verifying your horse carrier is licensed by the Department of Transportation, check your carrier’s mortality insurance policy. Your horse transportation company should provide a minimum amount of insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage. Insurance should cover loss, injury or death of your horse during transport.

Horse Transportation Experience

Often, the best indicator of how well your horse transporter will treat your animal is his or her experience. Your horse transporter needs to be a good business person, a great driver and an excellent horse handler.

Questions to ask your horse carrier:

  • How many years have you been transporting horses?
  • How often do you stop for food and water?
  • What will you do if my horse has a medical emergency?
  • How often will you contact me during the trip?
  • What is your fee?
  • What do you do for overnight trips?
  • How can I best prepare my horse for transport?
  • What supplies should I pack with my horse?