This is a rather unique position within the horse industry & one that allows for a great deal of flexibility. The experience required for being a horse transport specialist must include four wheels (& sometimes even 2 wings) as well as four legs.
There is a higher percentage of men in this field of the horse industry, especially in long haul aspects of it. Horse owners have a number of different reasons for needing horse transport which requires a high level of adaptability on the part of the transporter.
This requires a knowledge of travel options and the connections to ensure each animal has a good experience and gets where they need to be.
More Than Horses
This is a position that requires a solid knowledge of vehicles, trailers and hauling animals. Special care must be taken with live cargo and a love of the animals themselves is an important element. Some animals need to be hauled thousands of miles so knowledge of mild routes, suitable rest stops and basic horse care is essential.
Alternately, some distances can’t be spanned by truck, so a thorough knowledge of transport options and airports is needed for those longer journeys. Planning skills and a rolodex are also helpful elements of a great transport specialist.
It’s impossible to pin down an exact description of this job, however there are some key elements that will be universal. Essentially the goal is to get a horse safely where they need to be with a little trauma as possible (remember horses were meant to walk on their feet, not roll on wheels – understandably it freaks them out). The longer the journey, the more care will be involved in orchestrating it.
Planning & booking the animal’s journey
Preparing animal with necessary protection for transport
Planning food & water for the duration of the journey
Checking trailer & equipment for safety
Carefully hauling horses to their destination
Making necessary stops to exercise and rest animals
Feeding and care of their charge until reaching destination
Lending a hand at shows & events they haul to
Keeping trailer clean at stops
Booking necessary flights & transport at either end of the airports
Generally horse experience is secondary to driving experience in this position. Drivers will need a class A or B drivers license and a clean driving record is of primary importance. Drivers can work for a hauling company or drive their own rig & the scope of work ranges from long distance hauling to local show circuit gigs. As always when working with horses, experience and affection for the animal is an added bonus.
A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a transportation specialist.
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