Saturday, March 15, 2014

Horse Transportation Customer Relations

I find communication is very important in Horse Transportation as it is in any business.  Recently I went out of my way to handle the transportation of one horse for a person.  I rescheduled a load so the horse could be delivered when they wanted it delivered. I looked for other horses going in the same direction to save money, I gave them options how to save money.  All said and done, they was thankful that I did all this only to tell me they were going to use someone else, who of course is not a legal carrier.  I wonder if this person thinks I have nothing better to do than waste my time setting this stuff up.  This was done all through email, so if you are looking for horse transportation, you email companies, do not get a reply right away or at all, chances are the company isn't going your direction or may have been burned by someone like this. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

EHV-1 In Ocala February, 2013

Okay, so a horse came up positive with EHV-1.  This is not anything to be taken lightly but some of the rumors that started spreading like wild fire were just plain silly.  I don't know how many calls I fielded from people asking about horse transportation and the restrictions put in place by the state.  As of this posting I can assure you both the Horse Show and the State of Florida are monitoring the situation closely and there are no restrictions put in place by the state.  People have to stop listening to gossip.  The State of Florida has a web-site you can go to and read their updates for the facts.  

Gypsy Horse Haulers

These days I am seeing a number of people who have horse trailers hauling horses for hire.  I guess the way the economy is, anything to make a buck.  You see them hauling for cheap!  Take the majority of haulers who use those wholesale type listing sights.  If you go to any of those sights, say like Uship, I doubt you will find one regulated commercial transportation company competing for jobs.  They can't compete with the gypsies who are hauling for next to nothing.  I don't care who they are, if they are hauling for hire, they need to have a USDOT number, and you should be signing a bill of lading stating carrier terms.  I have seen these unlicensed people cut rates by hundreds of dollars.  If you hire them, they are working for you, your liability...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Horse Transportation Scam

So, I guess there is an outfit out there advertising on some online wholesale horse transportation site that is using images from legitimate horse transportation companies to try and scam people.


This is how they seem to present themselves. The vehicles the show are not their vehicles and are no way connected with this company. I know this because a couple of the photos are of trucks I own. You shouldn't have to send money to any legitimate ground horse transportation company prior to pick up or delivery. If they ask for money to be wired, be suspicious.

Has anyone been scammed by this company?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Washington International Horse Show

So here we are coming up to the Washington International Horse Show in a week or so. Once again, the horse show management and one horse transportation company have decided that nobody else is qualified to bring horses to the horse show directly. Again this year, they will force exhibitors to go to a remote location and transfer their horses and equipment to other trucks to be taken to the show (Exhibitors are forced to pay for this if they want to show). Now, some may make you believe this was plan was implemented because of the Police Department, wrong. They may also have you believe all the other horse transporters approve of this, wrong. They will also make people believe this is a contract put out to bid, wrong.
The Washington International Horse Show is charging exhibitors for this which means they are assuming total responsibility. Seems like a pretty big liability for a horse show to undertake, but that is their business.
Now, you ask the grooms and other carriers if they like this. Most of them will say no, but trainers and owners don't seem to care what they think.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Horse transportation charges

I own a horse transportation company, a few years ago I was offered a pretty big account. The farm owner wanted to know if I could bill his customers directly, then pay the farm owner a percentage. I told him if he wanted money from transportation charges that he would need to pay me directly, then he could add on whatever he wanted when he billed his customers. Needless to say, I didn't get the account. I wonder if the company who hauls for the barn now is giving a kickback to the owner?
I know I did the right thing, what would you have done?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Horse Transportation Listings

Every day I see listings for horse transportation on Craig's List or other such sites. What people looking for horse transportation have to be careful of is that I believe these listings cannot be commercial, therefore I think the listings are from people who are not legally licensed to haul horses for hire. So just to be careful, if you do use someone from these sites, go to and enter their name, USDOT, or MC number to get a company snapshot. If they haul interstate, they must have a DOT number.