Friday, January 4, 2013

Why my horses will never travel internationally

Well, I doubt Riley would ever need to travel worldwide, and Harv, jetsetting hipster that he is, does not fly in cargo. I suspect the company that shared this photo was trying to reassure people? The horess look happy enough, but this makes me cringe...


  1. I read an article a while back about transporting horses by air - I think this is 'economy' and they have more room in most set-ups - a site I found says:

    The most common stalls – and as used by us – have the following measures:
    Length 3,18 m. x width 2,44 m. x height 2,44 m.
    (Length 125 inches x width 96 inches x height 96 inches)
    Most airlines use only fully closed “jet-stalls” nowadays.
    These have internal partitions, that can be adapted according to the space needed
    by the horses.
    Normally the horses are being loaded by three per stall, but you can also choose
    “First Class”, where only two horses share a stall (add. charges).

  2. Long time lurker here, but I just had to comment.

    Are the horses tied by a rope that goes around/over their necks??? How many freak out when they try to life their heads and feel that resistance back there instead of on their heads as with traditional halters??

    I don't think my old mare ever earn any sky miles...

  3. This is how they used to be shipped. Modern horse transport by air is a lot different now - cubicles are covered and made of metal (you can see here they are kept down with a rope around their neck!!). They are usually as small as trailer stalls.

  4. Are those tie-downs over their necks near their heads??? My horse would have a coronary.

  5. Thousands of horses seem to do just fine. But it would worry me to ship one of my horses that way unless absolutely necessary.

    Then again, it might actually be safer than highway travel....

  6. I agree, I was kind of horrified at it also.

    On a side note, thank you for the salt block!!! It arrived today.

  7. Wow, so many horses on that flight. I wonder if they are race horses. Tetley flew from Glasgow to LA. It was a hard decision but either he flew or I gave him up. I figured if young racehorses could do it a sensible mature horse could and he did.

  8. i completely agree it looks shocking to me! I'd hate it if i thought my horse was travelling like that

  9. We sold a mare that was a confirmed pull-back expert to a new home in Sweden. I warned them, I worried, but she did okay. My fevered imagination conjured up a jet crashing down on an unsuspecting metropolis....

  10. The important thing is that the horses appear calm. There are handlers on the flights too. It's likely that a horse that ends up on a flight has travelled a lot already so is accustomed to travelling like a sardine.
    How old is the photo? Is this a short or long haul flight? The length of the trip affects how the horse is "packaged".

  11. Incidentally, if you need to ship a horse to Hawaii,you can send it by sea. The sea voyage is 4 - 6 days from the Port of Oakland, and the cost starts at $1300.00. Horses go in standard 40 foot containers divided into 5 stalls. A container is just under 8 ft wide and 8 feet high.
    There are many livestock handlers on the ships. There are vessels dedicated to shipping cattle between California and Hawaii. The animals are mostly in pens.
    An interesting side note on shippping livestock is that the EPA will not allow dumping livestock waste in the ocean within 200 miles of shore, so the last 24 hours of the trip, the cattle get no food or water. They are fed/watered immediately upon landing.


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