- USDA Approved Export Isolation on Premises
- Providing required Health Certificates
- Transportation to airport
- Handling of all Customs Export declarations and formalities
- Air Transportation globally
- Export Separation & Export
Horse owners here in the USA as well as overseas, don't
know how it works to send a horse by plane to a foreign
country. Due to the fact of the "unknown", people are
scared to jump into this experience. I'm going to
explain step by step how it works and what options there
for the horses goes usually by international wire
transfers. The buyer needs your bank information,
account number, SWIFT code and the ABA routing number.
Sometimes, depending on the bank it can take up to a
week before the money will clear into your account.
transport company picks up the horses, you need a
Coggins test and a regular health certificate for the
shipper, who will transport the horse to our export separation
facility. We also like to have a color copy of the
registration papers and an invoice to clear customs
abroad. It is not necessary that the horse is
transferred in the new owners name! We prefer to have a
previous vaccination record, but it is important not to
vaccinate before you send the horse. We like to give
them all the shots that are required by the USDA for
Export here at our facility.
else will be handled professionally by the export isolation
horse arrives at our export isolation facility, we set up
small groups that will go together to the same
destination. Stallions have their own paddocks with a
nice stall and mares or young horses will be held in a
large area with trees and a big shed to find shade from
the sun or other elements. We have small feeding
sections, where the horses get fed individually if
needed. After they finish their meals, they will be
turned loose to stay in the herd situation.
a new export isolation starts, a USDA health inspector has to
come out, start the export isolation and file the paperwork.
The export isolated horses need to be kept away and isolated
from other horses. Anyone who is entering this section
for cleaning or feeding, must disinfect the shoes and
hands, before and after. There is no question, that
equipment, tools and feed is only used for the
export isolation horses.
vaccinations and blood tests are required depending on
where the horses are going. International health papers
have to be filled out and need to be filed with the USDA
in a certain time frame. Very often it is a timing game,
to get the papers stamped and approved by the USDA
before the horses leave. A health certificate for Europe
for example is only good for 10 days after the Vet
signed it and mailed it out.
meantime we start working on the logistics to fly the
horses out in time, which airlines and agencies to use
and finding the best prices for the customers. It can
happen for many reasons that a flight gets canceled or
is delayed. In some cases all the blood work and
paperwork needs to be redone.
export isolation ends, we drive the perfectly groomed horses
our self in a clean and disinfected trailer to the
airport where they have to spend at least 5 hours at the
animal station, in nice large stalls to rest, before
they get loaded for the flight. During this time, the
USDA veterinarian will check the paperwork and identify
the horses. After the horses are loaded, they drive them
to the airplane and will be lifted up into the cargo
There are two
ways to fly minis:
custom built crates. In this case, a wooden crate will
be build to hold 1 or more minis. Weight and dimensions
will calculate the air waybill. The advantage is, you
can ship easily just 1 or 2 horses as cargo. The
disadvantage is, that it is almost impossible to take
care of the horses during the flight.
designed horse containers. These are "big horse"
containers with the possibility to slide over some or
all dividers. In my opinion the best way to fly a group
of horses. They can roam free in there, lay down to
sleep, eat hay, and an escorting groom can go down into
the cargo area to take care of them and water the
horses. In my experience flying with big and miniature
horses, the little ones drink a lot. Even if there is a
divider, in case a stallion is on board, the groom has
exit all the time.
assure everyone, that minis seam to take the whole
journey very well and are not getting stressed out as
some big horses. They get used to the noise and the
pilot can set a nice temperature in the cargo room, so
it is not cold down there.
logistic and airfreight, there are only certain airports
from where you can fly out animals and into. These
airports need to have animal stations with a USDA
veterinarian for USA and a state inspection veterinarian
for Europe. The veterinarian at the destination airport
will check the health of the horses and all the
paperwork. An agent is taking care of customs clearance
and Import Vet Check.
The new owners just have to pick up their horse or send
a transport company.
is very easy for the new owner, not much to worry about,
beside pick up the horse and paying the bills. We do our
business a little different from other shippers, which
means the buyer pays us for the export isolation and transport
to the airport. The air bill and all other fees are
billed separately by the flight agency, shortly before
the horses flying out. This helps our customers to pay
only what the airfreight actually cost.
sure not that easy for the export isolation operator, who
makes it happen. It's a lot of work, timing, frustration
dealing with officials, many many phone calls and
that we could help to make the whole export procedure
more understandable and that we covered all possible
questions with this article.
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