What you can do before travel
1. Make sure your horse is fit and healthy before travel. If your horse has an injury or a travelling problem please mention this to us and we will be more than happy to accommodate as best we can to their needs.
2. Make sure your horse has had ample access to water and a possible light feed before travel. Especially if going interstate. (horses are fed at the depots and water given)
3. If you have any gear travelling with your horse, please put them in a chaff bag or similar and clearly right your horses name and your/new owners contact details on the bag for easy identification. All too often gear is left behind as the item are not marked well or grouped together. If the gear is Cleary marked and identified it can be returned to its rightful owner
4. If you wish to rug or boot your horse, please call us to discuss this. As a rule of thumb we don't like to boot or rug horses unless under certain conditions. So please call us to discuss this option
5. Normally halters and leads are supplied by us during the travel. If you are sending a halter and lead with the horse please make mention of this.
6. Have your horse caught and ready to go for when the truck arrives. The truck driver will contact you in enough time to notify you of when the truck will arrive. If we are running early/late we will endeavour to notify you of this as soon as possible
7. If your horse has never travelled/and or minimal floating experience or a difficult loader please make mention this to us at the time of booking...It is ideal if you or the seller/buyer of the horse/s to teach your horse to at least load onto a float.....this will result in minimal stress on your horse as he is loaded onto the truck...
Other useful information
1. When travelling mares and foals, normally it is only done from when the foal is 3 weeks of age onwards. This makes sure that the foals are strong enough to cope with the travel.
2. Mares in foal are travelled throughout their term. Unless under veterinary advice we do not travel mares in foal within 3 weeks of their expected foaling dates.
This is one of the biggest killers of horses during travel. The above will give you the best opportunity to prevent this but rest assures knowing all horses are monitored throughout travel for any such case. If your horse is suspected of having travel sickness, a vet will be called (at the cost of the owner) and transport stopped for that horse. We have many depots along each interstate run that can accommodate a sick horse. Although your horses safety is our priority and we will always do our best to ensure their welfare and safety is taken care of and monitored.
What happens after we take your booking?
This is one of the most common questions asked by people.
If your horse is travelling interstate:
Normally we will call the pick up the day before pick up is to be done and arrangements are made to collect the horse at times both suitable for us and them. We then travel to our property in Euroa where your horse is taken off the truck and put into a stable or safe post and rail yard (more commonly used in the warmer months). Your horse is fed a combination of good Quality grass hay and a mixture of Oaten and lucerne chaff and has access to clean fresh water. They are fed both on arrival and before departure. We do this so that we are able to see how much and if they have eaten, and the water is from a tub which is full on arrival so that we can gauge how much has been drunken. Important information like this is a must for us as we rely on this as well as a horses overall impression on wether it is fit for travel. In the of chance that we dont think the horse is fit enough to travel the owner will be advised and a plan of attack is drawn up.
If you are travelling in VICTORIA ONLY
We will make contact with the the pick up usually the day before and travel arrangements will be made. We will be in contact with the receiving end to estimate a time of arrival usually the day before.