EquiJet, LLC | FAQ’S
Equijet specializes in flying your horse domestic or internationally to arrive in top condition to horse shows, race tracks, polo tournaments or breeding farms. Our service includes airports-pickup and delivery, handling additional equipment, all necessary paperwork, customs and any quarantine needed.
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The following information is intended to help you understand the transport process. Together with our worldwide partners, we strive to make travel the easiest and least stressful part of our client’s jobs. We offer a hassle-free door-to-door service for all shipments and will organize everything necessary to get your horses from Point A to Point B in a proficient and safe manner. If you have any questions, please call us at any time.

What vaccinations does my horse need before flying to the United States?

Horses may not be vaccinated within the 14 days prior to flight. Each horse will require a completed health paper with several blood tests noted as completed, depending on whether the horse is a mare, stallion or gelding. Prior to transport, we will help you to ensure your horse has all necessary vaccines and the proper export paperwork finalized.

What vaccinations does my horse need before flying to Europe?

In order to comply with USDA regulations, there are several vaccinations necessary for flight. EquiJet, in conjunction with our USDA-certified partner quarantine stations, will take care of all the pertinent paperwork for export, and we will clarify all vaccination requirements to you.

The current vaccine requirements for export are:

  • WEE and EEE vaccinations must be given at least 30 days prior to, but no more than 6 months before, export.
  • West Nile vaccinations are not required but, if given, must be repeated at an interval of 21 to 43 days, both completed at least 30 days before export.
  • The horse need an AGID coggins within 90 days – preferably 30 days – before export.
  • Stallions need an EVA negative blood test within 21 days of shipping or, if the stallion was vaccinated, a statement from the respective veterinary.
What airlines are used for flights?

We use numerous airlines, including Fedex, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Martinair and TexSutton among others. EquiJet only ships with airlines experienced in equine transport.

What paperwork does my horse need to fly domestic?

An updated coggins and a health certificate with the horse’s final destination must be completed, with EquiJet noted as the shipper.

What should I send with my horse?

Treat flight transport similar to preparing a stall for your horse. We recommend sending a full haynet, water bucket, full jug of water and a bag of shavings. If you need help acquiring these items, we can assist you.

Should my horse wear wraps?

Due to the nature of the transport stalls, hind wraps can be difficult for us to adjust or re-wrap during flight if they fall down. Front wraps are acceptable as they are more accessible.

Can I send equipment with my horse?

Yes, but the amount of equipment space available to you depends on the airline. Fedex offers limited container space, while TexSutton is more accommodating. If extra space is needed, Fedex can provide us with an additional cargo container at an extra cost. If there is equipment that you want to send with your horse, please notify us in advance. This enable us to ensure that your equipment is properly packed, accounted for and listed on the airway bill. We will do our best to accommodate you and ship your equipment at the best rate possible.

How will my horse get to the airport for his flight?

EquiJet offers transport from stable to airport using our extensive network of connections if you prefer to have us arrange the schedule and means of transport. If you would rather trailer your horse yourself to the airport, we recommend a gooseneck trailer, as it makes for easier loading into the flight stalls. If you have multiple horses on the same flight, please try to transport them all in one trailer.

What time does my horse have to be at the airport for his flight?

Horses and grooms flying need to be at the airport 2 hours prior to take-off to ensure a timely departure.

Will my horse be tranquilized during the flight?

We take every precaution to prevent the need to sedate horses. The only instance in which a horse would be tranquilized during transport is if it is concluded that the horse has become a danger to itself, other horses or people. Should your horse ever be tranquilized during transport, you will be notified immediately.

How long is the shipping process?

As with all travel, the lengths of shipments vary by the departure and arrival points. As an example,the travel time for a horse from the seller’s barn in Europe to quarantine in Newburgh, New York, is between 30 and 40 hours.

Consider the sequential process to get from Point A to Point B – from barn, to truck, to airplane, to truck, to quarantine – with intervals of a few hours between legs, to estimate total travel time. EquiJet will make every effort to avoid any delays in the shipping process.

How will my horse be cared for on the plane?

Each horse is accompanied by a certified groom to ensure that they are comfortable and safe, as well as to provide the horses with adequate water and hay.

When can I see my horse after it arrives in the United States?

In order to comply with security and USDA quarantine regulations, your first opportunity to see your horse will be once it is ready for release from short-term quarantine at the Animal Import Center. Depending on the port rules, EquiJet will try to take photos and video of your horse upon arrival at the airport to ensure you of the horse’s wellbeing.

How will my horse be transported after release from quarantine?

EquiJet works with an extensive network of well-established transport companies across the United States, and we will gladly arrange the transport on your behalf from quarantine to stable if you provide us with the horse’s final destination.

How will my horse’s passport be returned to me?

You will be sent your passport once payment is received, unless special arrangements have previously been made, such as in the event of a competition. The EquiJet office can also provide scanned copies of the passport if necessary.

When is payment required?

If you are a first time client with EquiJet, payment is required in advance of scheduling your shipment. For clients with established accounts with EquiJet, payments can be adjusted in order to fit your needs best.

What type of payment do you accept?

EquiJet generally asks for credit card payments.

Why isn't there a price list on the website?

EquiJet chooses not to publish a standard price list because of the many variables in international and domestic horse transport that could alter expenses, such as whether we handle the trailer shipping or whether or not you require an additional storage container on the flight. Further, similar to the daily fluctuation in purchase price of an airline ticket for humans, the same can be true when shipping a horse. EquiJet will always make an effort to give you the most competitive rate possible for whatever services you require. Feel free to contact us anytime to discuss your shipment.

Do I have to give EquiJet my Social Security Number?

Yes, in order to comply with legal regulation set forth by United States Customs, you must provide us with your Social Security Number, but we assure you that EquiJet will never release your personal information. Any time a product is imported to or exported from the United States, the name, address and SSN of the consignee of the item, even a horse, must be provided in a document called the House Airway Bill. In the international freight world, the horse owner is referred to as the consignee of the horse.

Check out this helpful and detailed packet explaining CEM Quarantine, courtesy of our friends at WellGrove Quarantine!

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