Importing Horses

Importing Horses

Post by L2gat » Fri, 10 May 1996 04:00:00

Responding to the person with questions about importing horses.  I just
imported three from Holland this year.  DO NOT import a horse based on a
photo alone.  Many Europeans are notorious for escalating the price
dramatically when they think distant American purchasers are involved.
Remember, they have much less incentive to maintain a reputation for
integrity in sales in the U.S. than they do in Europe.  If you have to,
use a trusted agent.  Importation adds substantially to the cost of the
horse and you should not do it unless the savings of buying a horse
overseas is substantial (or you can't get the horse anywhere else).  A
filly over two years old will have at least 30 days in quarantine.  (45
days for a stallion.)  She will have 3 days in quarantine when she arrives
(at Cornell in NY if she comes in to the east coast), then must be moved
to a quarantine station near you (mine was in Maryland).  While in
quarantine, she must go through several veterinary examinations and
scrubbings to ensure she has no disease.  This also gets expensive.  Be
sure to get a precise estimate of the cost before you do anything.  I also
recommend using a professional shipper.  Many of the horses from Europe
come straight out of a field with little or no handling and can be crazy.
(The arrival of my stallion was delayed because another horse who was
supposed to fly at the same time went crazy and ripped the shipping box
apart.)  If you do plan to import a young horse, it is much wiser to bring
in one two years old or younger.  They only have three days quarantine,
which can save you thousands.

Having said that, I am thrilled with my imports and think it can be a good
deal if pursued wisely.  Let me know if I can help.