I’m moving cross-country (USA) in a few years. One of my horses is older and a very bad traveller. If I pushed everything to the max, we could get there in four days, but realistically it would probably be more like 6-7. I think every time he gets out of the trailer it’s going to be less likely that he will go in the next time. Obviously with a few years to go, it’s my hope that by working on this issue we can overcome it, but if not I’m wondering about air transport as an option. Seems like everything could get done in one (stressful) day, rather than dragging it out over an unpleasant week.
Most air transport companies seem to be focused on international travel, for obvious reasons. Also it seems like most of them fly fixed routes and then drive the horses the rest of the way. So e.g. if I wanted to ship him from New Orleans to Boston, they would drive him to Houston, fly him to New York, and then drive him to Boston. At least that’s the impression I got.
Has anyone here ever flown their horse domestically? Were you able to specify airports, e.g. New Orleans to Boston rather than Houston to NYC? Do you think for an easily-stressed horse the short duration of the trip would outweigh the terror of being transported this way?