Current answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
What documents are required to transport a horse?
All horses crossing the Canadian/U.S. border require a valid Coggins Test, done by a recognized Vet Lab,. The horse(s) must be tested for the presence of Equine Infectious Anemia.
Horses also require Health Certificate that must be endorsed and stamped by Agriculture Canada or the Federal Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.)
How long are these documents "good for" after they are done?
The Coggins test is valid for 6 months when travelling into the United States. When travelling into Canada it is valid for 180 days.
The health certificate is valid for 30 days from date of endorsement.
Is there anything that I should do for my horse before the move?
Your horse should be oiled 1 week in advance of shipping. Start with 1 teaspoon of oil in the feed and work up to between 2 or 3 tablespoons.
Are there any additional costs?
BROKERAGE: When crossing the border from Canada to the U.S., all horses must pay a brokerage charge.
G.S.T.:Newly purchased horses transported into Canada are subject to G.S.T. This amount is 7% of the horse's value.
VET: There is an inspection charge for all horses going into the U.S. unless they are going into the U.S. for a stay of 30 days or less.
Foreign horses who do not have proof that they resided in either Canada or the U.S. for at least 6 months, are subject to additional Border Vet Inspection fees.
What can I send with my horse(s)?
All horses must have a halter and enough hay for the journey. Our trucks are equipped with a large compartment that can transport one standard sized trunk and any other lesser items that your horse requires. All contents should be listed on the outside of the truck.
For all other feeds and medications, please read "THE BORDER" for a list of acceptable items.
Do you insure the horses?
Although most people personally carry insurance on their horses, our insurance does cover the horses for $2,000 Canadian each.
When should I NOT ship my horse over long distances?
Horses should be in a good general state of health. We can maintain a good level of health but the stress involved with a long distance trip could aggravate a pre-existing condition. If the horse is running a fever, it is advisable to postpone transportation.