Sometimes I wonder, when representing buyers and sellers of horse properties ... How many of those clients overlook the obvious by not hiring a professional who has ample knowledge of horses and all that goes along with that!!! We as Realtors are obligated to look out for our clients best interest Right? Ok, well since many of these people consider their horses to be part of their family, that would include them too!
There are many things that need to be consideredwhen moving horses from one area to another:
1. Where are they moving from? What State? What Country?
2. Have they arranged for the transportation of the horses? And if they are transporting the horses
themselves, have they mapped out a route to accommodate for stops along the way at an adequate
facility? AAA is a great help with this!!! Don't mapquest directions if you are traveling with a Van or
Trailer...they may give you routes that don't allow trailers or that have height limitations etc..
3. Are they moving the horses to the property that they are buying? or Will they need to find a temporary
or permanent boarding facility?
4. Do they have a vet certificate and current Coggins for the horses that will be transported?
5. Are they bringing along xtra feed, hay, bedding and even water to make the gradual change-over?
6. Do they have a list of the best veterinarians, farriers,etc...in the area that they are moving to?
7. Where is the closest Veterinary Hospital for large animals in proximity to their new location?
8. Is the climate different? If so Do they have the proper sheets and/or blankets to accommodate
the change in climate?
9. Are they aware of the challenges that may be area specific and different from what they are
accustomed to...clover rich pastures as well as sandy pastures can play havoc on the horses digestive
system if not introduced properly... If the area is sandy be sure to make them aware and have them
buy the proper supplement to avoid sand colic.
10.PUT YOUR PADDOCK BOOTS ON!!! And be sure to walk the property... the entire property... make sure
the fencing is in good repair...check the paddocks and barn for anything that may be unsafe ...barbed
wire, nails, rat poison... check the condition of the stalls...look for safety issues...
These are just some of the things that need to be considered. I offer my clients with horses a complete Handbook to make their move safe and stress free. It's part of the due diligence of any Realtor who specializes in horse properties as well as a personal passion of mine. I have heard horror stories of how horses died shortly after a move because of a detail that went unnoticed. Be the one who cares enough to cover all bases!