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EquusTrade: The logistics surrounding the transportation of horses
EquusTrade: The logistics surrounding the transportation of horsesEquusTrade: The logistics surrounding the transportation of horses

EquusTrade: The logistics surrounding the transportation of horses

How the real polo stars get around

September 6, 2017
September 6, 2017
It seems right to analyse the results of different polo tournaments around the world, discuss team line-ups and take a look at the upcoming season. But polo is about more than the players. Before a player can get on the field, a huge team of grooms, vets, riders, blacksmiths, and many others make a match possible. But the real stars of the sport are the horses. One of the fundamental aspects of polo is the logistics surrounding the transportation of horses. 

Equus Trade is a company that takes care of this crucial step. Below is a detailed account of how the company transports a horse from Argentina to any country in the world:

-Once the health requirements of the destination are met (blood tests, quarantine, vaccines, treatments), the health certificates are drawn up under the supervision of the SENASA. We send our vet to do a final check before the horses are sent to the airport. 

- The ground transportation chosen for the journey from the farm to Ezeiza airport will depend on the breed, sex, age, and number of horses, always prioritising the wellbeing of the animals and ensuring that they are in the best conditions from the beginning to the end of the journey. 

- We coordinate times with the freight crew and the airline to know when the horses have to be in the airport for border control and SENASA checks. We also do everything to get the correct documentation for the horses.

- Once in Ezeiza, the horses are taken off the lorry and the animals are checked by the health authorities and put in the stalls to be taken aboard. During this stage, our specialised team of grooms and vets accompany the horses at all times. 

- Qualified vets and grooms always travel with the horses to guarantee their well being.

-The staff in charge of receiving the horses is kept up to date on the movements of the horses, and they are in charge of managing the reception of the animals and coordinating with the health authorities of the country. 

- If requested by the agent or client, the vet may send a video of each animal coming off the plane when the animals arrive.

- Once the correct documentation is received, the horses are sent to an "Animal Hotel”  for the night, where they can drink, eat and rest before continuing their journey onto the farm on a lorry provided by Equus trade.

- At the owners request, we can arrange for them to travel on the same flight as the horses.

The company is ready for any challenge that might arise. They recall: "Once, we arrived at the airport with the usual hay and hey nets, but the owner, who was travelling with the horses, requested apples instead of hay, since that was the preferred food of his horse.”

Contrary to general thought, horses are not anaesthetised on the journey. Equus shares: "Of 500 horses transported every year, only about ten return. The service is not accessible for everyone, and many players take advantage of having the horses in place for the following season. Only the extra special horses come back, the ones that a player needs in every match they play, wherever that may be.”