Curious about equine airfreight?
IRT have rounded up the most asked questions and provided answers and insights into the fascinating world of equine airfreight.
Preparing Your Horse for Flight
How many Horses does IRT fly each year?
Numbers vary from year to year based on several external factors. However, it would be fair to say, that for every hour of every day, IRT has a horse in the air!
What do I need to do to prepare my horse to
You should contact us as soon as you know that you want to transport a horse overseas. We will work with you to find the best option to safely move your horse and ensure everything runs smoothly. It can take anywhere from a matter of days to several weeks to prepare a horse for export, as each importing country has specific requirements with regards to pre-export quarantine, testing, treatments and vaccinations.
It can be helpful to reduce the energy content of your horse’s diet a few days prior to the flight. Other than that, as horses are animals that thrive on routine, it’s always best to minimize disruptions to their routine prior to travel.
Are there any flight restrictions related to the age of the horse?
No. However, all horses must be examined by a veterinarian prior to travel and assessed as being “fit to fly”. IRT also requires owners to sign a release and waiver of liability for all horses aged 18 and over. Additionally, it is prudent for owners to check with their insurers regarding any age limit for travel.
Mid Flight – Safety and Monitoring
Who monitors the horses whilst they are
IRT only use professional flying grooms who are very experienced in caring for horses during flight. Our expert grooms ensure the horses are fed fresh hay, watered, and monitored regularly to ensure they are comfortable throughout the flight.
How many horses travel in a horse stall and how are they lifted onto the plane?
IRT stall facilities can accommodate up to three horses in one stall.
IRT pricing allows for three tiers of horse stalls that we commonly refer to as first class, business class or economy class. This means your horse can travel in a single space in a stall with two other horses (economy class), in a stall with one other horse (business class), or travel solo in a stall on its own (first class).
The horse stalls are loaded on the ground and then raised into the aircraft by lift, maneuvered into place and locked into position.
After the Flight
What happens once my horse arrives?
In most cases, an IRT representative will meet your horse at the port of destination and advise you once your horse has arrived. IRT takes particular care to make sure horse owners are kept well informed throughout the entire shipping process.
From touch down, IRT will work through all arrival procedures including government requirements, road transport to quarantine or final destination and communication with arrival consignees.
// EQUITANA Auckland 21-24 November 2019