Many destinations require horses to undergo a quarantine period before travel to prevent the spread of diseases.

Best Practices for Preparing Horses for Air Travel

As an industry leader in shipping horses by air, we know flying your horse is a big investment. An owner should expect the horses to travel with minimal delays and waiting time at airports.  That the shipping company has a standard of best practices that produce safe, efficient travel for each and every horse. 

Here are some of the many details and concerns that Alex Nichols Agency takes care of.

Physical Conditioning and Health Check:

Before embarking on an air journey, ensuring that your horse is in optimal physical condition is crucial. Schedule a thorough health check-up with your veterinarian to address any potential health concerns. Make sure vaccinations, necessary paperwork, and quarantine requirements are up to date, complying with the regulations of your destination. A fit and healthy horse is better equipped to handle the stresses of travel. Alex Nichols Agency can help you make sure you have all the required vaccinations and paperwork for your destination city or country.

Quarantine and Biosecurity Measures:

Many destinations require horses to undergo a quarantine period before travel to prevent the spread of diseases. Alex Nichols Agency follows the recommended quarantine procedures diligently. Additionally, maintain proper biosecurity measures in the days leading up to travel. This includes limiting exposure to unfamiliar horses and environments to minimize the risk of infection.

Acclimating to Travel Equipment:

Horses are naturally curious animals, but some may be apprehensive about new surroundings and stalls. Introduce your horse to the travel equipment gradually to help them become comfortable. Allow them to explore and become accustomed to the equipment well before the travel date. This can significantly reduce stress on the day of the journey.

Mental Preparation:

Horses are sensitive creatures that thrive on routine and familiarity. To mentally prepare them for air travel, maintain a consistent routine leading up to the journey. Keep feeding, exercise, and turnout schedules as close to normal as possible. Familiarity can alleviate anxiety and create a sense of security for your horse.

Familiarize with Loading and Unloading:

Loading and unloading are critical moments in the air travel process. Practice loading your horse onto a trailer or into a stall to simulate these experiences. Patience is key; take the time to ensure your horse is comfortable with the process. The professional handlers at Alex Nichols Agency Horse Transportation are trained to ensure stress-free loading and unloading, minimizing the potential for mishaps.

Hydration and Nutrition:

Travel can be dehydrating for horses, so it's essential to maintain proper hydration levels. Increase your horse's water intake in the days leading up to travel. Provide a water source during transit and upon arrival. Similarly, consider the journey duration, and feed your horse as you normally would. Consult your veterinarian for dietary recommendations specific to air travel.

Comfort and Rest:

During air travel, your horse's comfort is paramount. Ensure that the stalls or crates are adequately padded and well-ventilated. Provide ample bedding to absorb shocks and vibrations. If the journey involves layovers or stops, ensure your horse has time to rest and recover before continuing the journey.


Preparing horses for air travel demands careful attention to their physical and mental well-being. By following these best practices, you can ensure a comfortable and stress-free journey for your equine companions. We understand the intricacies of preparing horses for air travel at Alex Nichols Agency Horse Transportation. Our experienced team, specialized equipment, and commitment to safety make us the ideal choice for your horse's journey. Trust us to provide the care and expertise your horse deserves, ensuring a successful and comfortable air travel experience. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can make your horse's journey seamless.

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