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Okay so I am looking into possibly bringing a horse to Winnipeg(Manitoba) from Kansas. Its ...
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    Okay so I am looking into possibly bringing a horse to Winnipeg(Manitoba) from Kansas. Its been a million and one years since i've had to ship a horse long distance and i've never done it from the US for myself so this is new territory for me.

    What are some good transport companies? Any personal experiences? What are some things to ask about when arranging such a trip?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Generally speaking, it's really difficult to find a reasonable price on transport over the border. None of the transportation companies want to do it, because to go over the border to pick up/drop off one horse, means every horse in the trailer has to have export papers.

    The cheapest way to do it is for one party to meet the other, or a transport company, at a stable or fairgrounds just across the border. - That way a private trailer can get them across the border.

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    Hmm... This should be interesting lol.

    Its a straight shot from Kansas to Winnipeg. The boarder is about 4 1/2 hours I think from Winnipeg so I might be able to arrange meeting him there myself with a friends trailer...

    So if it were to be done at the boarder I would have to meet them right at the boarder with papers? How does it work exactly? lol this is so new to me

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    contact Canadian Sage she just took one to Montana and picked one up - so she has done it both sides of the border - I think she is in Alberta so I don't know if the rules/regs are the same all over Cananda or not.

    we bought one (in 2002) and the seller - in Canada - hauled him across the border to a boarding stable in Montana and Nationwide picked him up from there.

    good luck it can be done very easily just be sure ALL your paperwork is in order.

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    If you want to PM me I can give you lots of good info on importing a horse. I brought my gelding from Iowa a few years ago...Easy to do as long as you have your paperwork in order....The health papers have to be completed and stamped by the state vet. As for as transportation Claude from International Horse Transport is very good,. Kearose from Alberta hauls alot too..I have another good one but can't remember the name right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThinkFast View Post
    So if it were to be done at the boarder I would have to meet them right at the boarder with papers? How does it work exactly? lol this is so new to me
    You'd need to have the seller get her papers in order before she leaves, so the transport company can hand them off to you. They have to be prepared by a vet so the person with possession of the horse needs to manage getting the papers.

    You need to be sure the border crossing you use is one approved/equipped for inspecting shipments of animals. If they don't have a vet on duty, you have to go out of your way to cross at a crossing that does.

    Not that I would ever do this *ahem* but some people do the show-paperwork instead of the export/sale paperwork. Apparently it's much cheaper to say you are bringing a horse across the border to a horse show than to say you've purchased a new horse, and there is really no way they know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsayanne View Post
    You'd need to have the seller get her papers in order before she leaves, so the transport company can hand them off to you. They have to be prepared by a vet so the person with possession of the horse needs to manage getting the papers.

    You need to be sure the border crossing you use is one approved/equipped for inspecting shipments of animals. If they don't have a vet on duty, you have to go out of your way to cross at a crossing that does.

    Not that I would ever do this *ahem* but some people do the show-paperwork instead of the export/sale paperwork. Apparently it's much cheaper to say you are bringing a horse across the border to a horse show than to say you've purchased a new horse, and there is really no way they know.

    I would not recommend falsely declaring anything at the border...It is not worth the consequences.....Be truthful and honest....Emerson border crossing is the one we use when we bring horses in...It cost me about $100.00 to get the coggins and the health papers completed for export....If you miss something they won;t let the horse in.....And you pay tax on the purchase price as well at the border....

    You need a completed bill of sale with phone number of seller
    Health papers stamped for export by the state vet
    Negative coggins test.
    The more paperwork the better..copy of how you paid too will help
    I kept a copy of the draft I paid with. And his registration papers and transfer as well..And make sure you have all the paperwork for your trailer if you are going down to get him...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsayanne View Post
    Not that I would ever do this *ahem* but some people do the show-paperwork instead of the export/sale paperwork. Apparently it's much cheaper to say you are bringing a horse across the border to a horse show than to say you've purchased a new horse, and there is really no way they know.

    I wouldn't do this - we used to show in Canada (from Washington state) on the 72 hour pass (or whatever they call it) - then I took a horse up for training and brought him home a few months later, anyway long story short somehow at the US border someone didn't match up the paperwork and said I left the horse in Canada, it was a bit of an issue to get it cleared up - they actually put my name on a list that I couldn't take a horse into Canada for any reason..........glad I didn't try to take one to a show before I got it cleared up that would have been a pretty costly mess for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintlver View Post
    You need a completed bill of sale with phone number of seller
    Health papers stamped for export by the state vet
    Negative coggins test.
    The more paperwork the better..copy of how you paid too will help
    I kept a copy of the draft I paid with. And his registration papers and transfer as well..And make sure you have all the paperwork for your trailer if you are going down to get him...
    I agree with all of this

    You also have to have a brand inspection done, and will likely have to pay GST.
    I have a G.E.M

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    Oh wow this is making my head spin lol.

    paintlver i'll be blowing up your inbox with questions im sure lol. I am going to arrange a trip down to see him before deciding what to do.

    Thank you everyone for all the info!

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