Horse transportation is the process by which you can transport your horse from one place to another. The service providers provide their service almost everywhere in the earth, and they generally offer three types of services- air, sea and road services. International horse transportation has become very popular lately and why would not it be? There are a lot of benefits of horses, and the want of horses is increasing in the whole world from visiting places on the back of the horses to using the horse for agricultural purposes, especially in the developing world. In many more industrialised countries, horse are used are especially prized if they are winning racehorses.
There are lots of company who are involved in the carriage of horses and for this reason, you need to be extra careful while choosing the company because some of them will end up charging you a ton and will not even give the service. HSI offers International horse transport by air and they have build a true reputation for excellence doing this. There are some queries which you should do before appointing someone, or else you will not just be at a loss but at the same time, your horse will also get sick.
The first thing you should know is about the stalls of the transport. We are all aware that horses come in various shape, size and height and so if the stalls of the transport your transporter will be using do not come with adjustable stalls it will be very difficult for your horses to travel.
The next thing is to know about the suspension of air. If your horse is traveling by bus or lorry, it is vital to know whether your horse will get the advantage of the suspension of air.
Another important thing is the padded partition. It is as important as the adjustable stalls of the transport. Well though having padded partition differs from the lorry of a company from another but it will surely make the journey of your horses more comfortable.
Make queries about the cleanliness as well as the first aid system provided by the transport. Regardless of which carrier you use or whether it is by air, road or sea you should always examine the vehicle by yourself because only you will know what would be best for your horses. If the carriage system is not clean enough then your horse may fall sick, or it may even die. Again, with hygiene another important thing is the first aid system. It is necessary because anything can happen anytime. If your horse faces any health issues throughout the journey then there must be someone to handle this and here comes the need of having a first aid kit.
The next thing is a fire extinguisher. It is not required for the horse but there should always a fire extinguisher near the hand because accidents do not come forecasting and if you want to make sure your horses are safe and sound then ask your carrier about it, if they say no, say no to their service.
These are the top queries that you should be making before choosing an international horse transporter.
After quite a number of importations of Shire Horses from the UK in early Australian history, registered Shire Horses sadly died out here in the 1920’s. However, in 1978, Shire enthusiast, Graham West, started the Shire Horse Society Australia, in the hope that the breed would be re-introduced into the country. He also worked to set up a registry of Shire type horses that could be the foundation for the reintroduction of the Shire into Australia. The Society was supported in writing by the author of the definitive history of the Shire Breed, Keith Chivers, who wrote the encyclopedic book ‘The Shire Horse’, published in 1976.
Then in 1981, Helene Scarf, of The Cedars Stud, imported the first registered Shire, Ladbrook Edward, back into Australia. Soon after that, Graham West asked Helene to become the custodian of the Shire Horse Society Australia, which she did, and in 1986 she registered the name.
Helene and Gregory Scarf imported more Shires during the 1980’s, and so did Mike and Barbie Chandler. Helene then proceeded to lobby the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales (RAS NSW) for them to introduce Shire Classes at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. As a result of her lobbying, Shire classes were reintroduced at Sydney Royal in 1991.
By 1997 there were enough Shire exhibitors showing Shires at Sydney Royal for Helene to convene a meeting in 1998 (click here to see minutes) for those exhibitors who were interested. The group met at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, in an aisle in the pavilion after the Shire classes finished. The group would meet at the Sydney Royal Easter Show each year from then on till 2016.
The group always considered Sydney Royal as the premiere Shire show in Australia and its primary aim was to lobby the RAS NSW on behalf of Shire exhibitors on show issues. Helen Kuiper was elected Secretary of the group and she named the group Shire Breeders Australia.
Shire Breeders Australia, and Helen Kuiper as Secretary, were given recognition later that same year, in 1998, by the Shire Horse Society UK (SHS UK) (click here to see letter) and the RAS NSW (click to see letter), as the contact point at that time for Shire Horse owners in Australia. Shire Breeders Australia newsletters were produced from that time on (click to see an early newsletter).
In 2010, Helen Kuiper made enquiries made enquiries to the SHS UK as to the full and proper name of the breed, which turned out to be ‘Shire Horse’, and from then on she called the group Shire Horse Breeders Australia. Sandra Shoobridge later became Secretary and then Kathryn McKay. Helene Scarf was elected Publicity Officer.
The main achievements of Shire Breeders Australia include:
Successfully lobbied the RAS NSW for the introduction of a Shire Gelding Class (click to see letter) at Sydney Royal for 2009.
Successfully lobbied the SHS UK to subsidise, for Shire breeders, the cost of DNA testing (click to see letter) Australian Shire horses which were already in the stud book, when compulsory DNA testing was introduced in 2011.
Successfully lobbied the RAS NSW for the introduction of a Ridden Shire Class at Sydney for 2010.
Nominated judges for the Shire classes at Sydney Royal
Helen and Gregory Scarf personally paid to have a web site set up and administered for all interested Shire Breeders to use free of charge, under the name of Shire Breeders of Australia.
Lobbied the SHS UK to save Australian Shire owners from a UK type stallion inspection scheme.
There are so many horse mad children who long for a pony but lots of them are going to grow out of the desire to have their own pony so it’s better to wait until your child has been involved with horses for some time before considering buying a horse or pony.
Owning a horse or pony is a huge commitment both financially and time wise. The horse will require caring for 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year and that will take several hours a day leaving little time for your child to pursue other hobbies.
As a parent you will need to consider if you have the time (and money) for horse ownership, often you’ll be required to provide lifts to the place the horse is kept, can you do this 7 days a week? Do you have the knowledge to be able to help out or indeed take over the care of the horse if your child is ill or too busy due to exams?
Horse ownership also means that the rest of the family will have to accept compromise due to both the financial and time commitment, are they prepared to do this or will it cause argument and resentment?
You should only buy your child a horse or pony when they have demonstrated that they have the necessary skills for horse ownership and full commitment to the responsiblities of horse ownership and when you, and your family, fully understand the financial, time and energy commitment required.
There are ways other than horse ownership for your child to be involved with horses. Obviously one should start with riding lessons and learning as much as possible about the care of horses by taking horse care courses. Some riding schools have special “own a pony” days / weeks where children can experience looking after an equine.
As your child becomes more and more committed to horses you could consider sharing a horse or pony that way the time and financial obligations are shared with someone else and you’ll get a better idea of whether or not you, your child and family are ready for full time horse ownership.
You can find out more about the implications of horse ownership, the real costs and the skills required before buying your first horse or pony by visiting All you need to know about horse ownership
EHV-1 is a virus, Equine Herpes Virus Type 1. It is also called the “rhino virus” or “rhinopneuomitis”.
The EHV-1 virus is extremely contagious.
EHV-1 virus spreads via nasal secretions, through touch, through the air and through objects that have been in contact with infected horses this includes hands and clothing of people.
Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1) can cause respiratory disease, abortion, neonatal mortality and it can mutate to Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) a severe viral brain and spinal fluid infection.
All equines – horses, donkeys, mules, zebras can contract EHV-1 as can alpacas and llamas.
Symptoms of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1) include high temperature, lethargy, clear runny nose, many horses only get the respiratory version and clear the virus after a few days however they should still be evaluated by a vet and isolated for at least 21 days or until any infectious disease has been ruled out.
Symptoms of Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) include high temperature, followed by a variety of possible neurologic signs which may include weakness, incoordination of the limbs, inability to urinate or pass manure, decreased tail tone. Signs are more apparent in the hindlimbs and in severe cases may progress to the inability to stand.
Prevention of EHV-1:
The best way to prevent EHV-1 exposure during suspected outbreaks is to quarantine your horses and yard / barn.
Practice bio-security in the yard see Minimising the risk of equine infectious diseases using biosecurity at the stable yard
If you think you may have been in contact with horses who have contracted EHV-1 start taking your horse’s temperature twice a day, if your horse’s temperature rises above normal (99-101°F (37.2-38.3°C) for an adult horse) contact your equine vet IMMEDIATELY.
There are several vaccines on the market to prevent the respiratory and abortion forms of the EHV-1 rhinovirus but there is currently no effective vaccine for the neurologic form of EHV-1. Your vet can advise you as to the best vaccine for your horse.
Tabanidae flies are the largest of blood sucking flies, there are approximately 4,500 species found world wide, 30 of which can be found in the UK. Adult flies feed on nectar but as a haematophagous fly the female horsefly feeds on blood to obtain the necessary nutrients for the development of their eggs and they will attack a wide variety of animals including horses and their human handlers.
The horsefly (genus Tabanus) bite is very painful as the female horsefly cuts and rasps the skin with powerful mandibles and maxillae to create a feeding hole. The blood is sucked using a protruding hypopharynx which causes pain to the host.
Tabanids can take up to 300ml of blood a day from a host severely weakening the animal, they are also known vectors for blood- borne diseases for horses such as Equine Infectious Anaemia. Horse fly bites are nasty resulting in lumps with a characteristic central ulcer. They can become infected.
Horsefly larvae inhabit moist areas feeding on invertebrates like snails and worms before they pupate. The adult horsefly emerges in June and July, the greatest horsefly activity occurs on warm, sunny days when there is little or no wind.
Insecticides containing pyrethroids (Permethrin or Cypermethrin) offer horses some protection against horse flies. Also consider stabling your horse on warm, sultry days when horse flies are active, horse flies don’t like dark areas and will not go into the stable.
To avoid being bitten yourself, wear long sleeved tops, apply a repellent that contains diethyltoluamide (DEET) and wear light coloured clothing which apparently doesn’t attract the flies like darker colours.