When horses travel by plane, the process to get them to their next destination becomes much more complicated than you might think.
Have you ever shipped your horse by plane? While horses often travel by horse trailer, there are some cases where plane travel is necessary. When being shipped internationally or when attending a major competition event, horses travel by plane for a shorter trip than traveling by trailer could provide.
This video provides a great look into the preparation that goes into a trip when horses travel by plane. You'll see that the horses arrive at the loading facility by horse trailer, and that for a major shipping operation, keeping the horses organized and identified is of major importance.
Before beginning their plane trip, horses are loaded into special stalls which are then lifted up, onto the plane. Though this video doesn't have words, it includes some great footage of the horse transport process.
If you need to have your horses travel by plane, then it's important to choose a reliable, reputable shipping company which handles plane travel. The shipping company should be able to help you along in the process, especially if this is your first time in shipping your horse by plane.
Look for a shipping company which does this type of shipping regularly, and check references. It's also a good idea to do an online search of the company, which may bring up both positive and negative reviews.
Before it's time to ship your horse, you'll need to make sure that his veterinary records are complete and that he has received all required vaccinations. When shipping a horse internationally there will generally be a quarantine period required, so make sure to allow for this when scheduling your horse's travel arrangements.
Work with the shipping company to make sure that you have all of the documents you'll need to ensure that your horse's trip goes smoothly.