Moving With Horses

Your Guide To Moving With Horses

Moving you, your family and your entire household can be a daunting task.  It is important to take advantage of assistance and help from the professionals! Below are several ways to reduce the work load and minimize moving stress.

  • Start early- If you’re thinking about a new home, start today!  Allow yourself plenty of time to apply for financing, search for the right property and allow enough time for escrow and moving.
  • Have a garage or barn sale.  Purge your unused items both in the house and the barn.  We have all heard this before, but it really does lighten the load.  Start early and plan on having two sales you’ll be amazed at how much you can clear out and make some extra $$!
  • Whatever doesn’t sell at your garage/barn sales, donate.  Your used tack items can usually be used by a deserving and needy non for profit groups in your area.
  • Enlist the help of friends and family or hire movers to pack up.  Call in those favors!
  • Secure Children and animals.  Children that are too young to truly help should go to the home of a friend or family.  Dogs and cats should be crated, go with the kids or even boarded to insure their safety.  Remember there will be many people in and out of your home, to protect your pets from getting outside or stepped on it’s important to think about their moving day accommodations.
  • Lift with your knees…Save yourself and those helping from the aches and pains of moving by using a dolly, furniture sliders and lifting straps.  Don’t carry a lazy man’s load as my mom would say and ask for help when you need it.  Better yet HIRE movers.  Professional movers will pack your precious items properly and the cost is worth the headaches and backaches you’ll avoid. 
  • Allow more time than needed to vacate your current residence and/or boarding facility.  You may need time to prepare the barn/fences at your new home before moving your horse.  If you find yourself, family or horses needing temporary housing please visit our Luxury Rentals page.
  • Be sure to keep a hose, feedpan, extra snaps, a hammer, screw driver and a haynet accessible during the move.
  • Once you have an accepted offer  for your new home, take a tape measure and ask for a another viewing of the home  for fencing, stall mats, stall doors or walls, concrete or gravel if you plan on having any of these projects done.  Knowing these measurements will allow you to collect bids on the appropriate amounts and streamline the work to be ordered.  However, we strongly recommend that you wait on ordering anything until the sale has officially closed.
  • Ask your real estate broker for a plat map so that you have the property dimensions.  This will come in handy for perimeter fencing measurements or planning the layouts for your barn, arena, round pen paddocks or pastures.
  • If doing your own packing, pack boxes by room (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, tack room, etc) not only for the house but for the tack room too. Use a thick sharpie marker to label boxes on at least two sides.  This will make finding things much easier as you unpack.
  • Depending on the season that you move, have all turnout sheet or blankets sent to cleaners and bagged.  It will be one less thing to deal with later.
  • During your final walk through, be sure to walk the fence lines if you plan on moving your horse in right away.  Check for weak spots, take your electric fence tester and keep an eye out in the pasture for large holes, rocks are debris.  This will allow you to be prepared in knowing what to bring for repairs prior to turning your horse out.
  • If moving to a new town, be sure to have the numbers of several vets handy, including one that offers 24 hour emergency services.  Know where your closest equine clinic is and if you do not have your own trailer make sure you have a contact for local transport.  NJ Estates and Stables can help you with all your relocating questions. (**link to help me relocate)
  • Keep a list printed list of the phone numbers for everyone involved with your move.  Your real estate broker, escrow, lender, all the people helping you move, utility companies, repair men, insurance agent, inspector, pump service, septic company, vet, etc.  You may have these numbers saved to your phone but batteries lose their charge and you won’t want to be stuck without access to your important contacts.
  • Have your car/truck and trailer serviced if using for the move.  Pack a first aid kit along with anextra phone battery or car phone charger, warm blanket, bottled water, flashlight, jumper cables, sturdy gloves and a few energy/protein bars.
  • Similar to a survival kit for yourself on moving day, pack one for each of  your horse too!  Including hay, 1-2 rations of feed, 1st Aid Kit, extra halter and lead rope, water bucket, feed tub, hay net, stall pick, Butte, vet records, extra bag of bedding, treats!

Don’t sweat the small stuff, take lots of deep breaths and remember you’ll be in your beautiful new home before you know it.

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