History of Transporting Horses

In today’s modern world most people think about moving horses by horsebox when within their local areas. Then, for long distances, most will think about transporting by air. Years ago, moving horses was still done, but with different modes of travel.

Travel by Sea

Although transporting by sea was the most common way of transporting horses long distances, it was not an easy mode of travel for these animals. Many of them did not make their destination. When being transported by boat, they would sometimes be kept in boxes in the lower sector such as the bowels. In other instances, they may have been housed on deck confined in slings. While neither of these methods was ideal, those who were kept on deck had a better survival rate.

Travel by Land

History does show that in the 1770s, horses were also moved about on land. Vans which were pulled by horses was the way this was done.

Travel by Train

Once the railway was established, this became another means for transporting horses. This became the most common form of transportation for horses right up to about 1950.

Beyond the 1950s

As the development of motorised vehicles continued, better forms of land transportation were developed. This was when trucks and trailers grew in their popularity as a reasonable means for transporting the horses by land.

Travel by Air

Air travel for horses has become a great convenience for those who need to ship their horses long distances. In general, it is believed that plane transportation does not cause as much stress for the horses, rather than if they would have to make a long trip by ground.

One of the significant concerns about transporting a horse, aside from their safety, is the stress which it causes them. Every effort has to be taken to reduce this.