How are horses transported to other countries?

Until recently, it was not very clear to me how this happens. And so I had the opportunity to ask the specialist accompanying the horses personally about this, namely Anna Bolgova, a veterinarian at the MaximaVet clinic.

Anna accompanied the horses of the athletes of the Russian national show jumping team on the route Moscow-Tashkent-Bishkek-Moscow.

  • We met Anna in Bishkek, where I flew to watch and cover the stage of the Eurasian League.
  • How long does the road from Bishkek to Moscow take?
  • We travel from Bishkek for about four days, taking into account the passage of borders and all stops.
  • What kind of check at the border? What documents are needed?

All horses must be stopped before arriving at the border or directly on the spot, this is a very long process. The workers describe each horse, check the chips and then work with the documents will go on.

Upon arrival at the border, customs officers send the personnel in the car to passport control and a covid test (if this is Kazakhstan, it is not required in other countries). Next comes the inspection of the car, which may take some time. The driver takes the horse passports and veterinary certificate to the veterinary officer under seal. In general, if everything is in order, the car is released to the next border zone.

  • How did you arrange for the horses to stay on the way?
  • Are they easy to meet, or did the heads of local Equestrian Federations help?

All stops were provided in advance. Sometimes I had to call a few hours in advance, there were no problems in Russia. It was more difficult in Kazakhstan, people do not always take the phone, some do not trust and immediately refuse, or the conditions for horses are not quite suitable and they had to refuse themselves, but now we have a familiar stable that accepts us without any problems.

How many such stops were there?

From Moscow on the way to Tashkent we stopped 2 times: Orenburg and Kazakhstan. From Bishkek to Moscow, we stopped once in Orenburg, KSK Dubrovsky, for which we thank them very much for the warm welcome!

How many horses will the horse carrier involve?

Our horse carrier is designed for 11 heads, 6 went to the tournament, the rest of the compartments were occupied by hay and things.

What were the difficulties or interesting moments?

The most difficult thing on the road is passing the border. Horses can get nervous when the horse carrier is standing still for a long time, and they are not unloaded. Fortunately, our horses are all right.

At every stop on the way to Asia, we had prepared answers to the questions of onlookers all the way “no, they are not horses”, “no, they are not for sale”, “yes, dear”, “please don’t stick your hands in, they will bite off”.

It happens that it happens that it is necessary to transport horses from one stable to another, or send them to some kind of competition or on vacation. There is a special vehicle for this.