Don't forget these tips when moving with horses in Oregon

Moving with Horses around Salem, Oregon

Moving you, your family and your entire household can be overwhelming.  Add to that your tack, feed, horse and outdoor equipment and the job can appear to be impossible.  Below are several ways to reduce the work load.  Remember, when the move is finished and you are watching your horse graze in YOUR pasture, all your effort will be worth it.

My yearling Oldenburg in the pasture, Salem Oregon


  • Start early- I mean months early!  Allow yourself plenty of time to apply for financing, searching for the right property and allow enough time for escrow and moving.
  • Have a garage or barn sale.  Thin out your unused items both in the house and the barn.  We have all heard this before, but it really does lighten the load.  Bonus:  if you start early, you can have several sales, getting rid of more stuff!
  • Follow the Buying Horse Property Trail Guide. When items are completed in order, the trail ride just goes a lot smoother!
  • Enlist the help of friends and family or hire movers to pack up.  Call in those favors!
  • Save your back, and those of your friends by using a dolly for EVERYTHING.
  • 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 do not have an overlapping time at each dwelling, consider short term boarding.
  • Be sure to keep a hose, feedpan, extra snaps, a hammer, screw driver and a haynet accessible during the move.
  • When you have your walk-through for your new purchase, take a tape measure 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, I caution against ordering anything until the sale has offically closed and recorded.
  • When you line up friends and family to help with the move, share with them that your move date could fluctuate a bit.
  • 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.
  • Pack boxes by room (kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc) not only for the house but for the tack room too. This will make finding things much easier as you unpack.  Try to keep grooming supplies, first aid, feed supplements and hardware in separate boxes.
  • Label the boxes with the name of the new location in mind.  If it is labeled "tool shed" or "tack room" then whoever is helping you move doesn't have to constantly find you and ask where everything goes.
  • Whatever doesn't sell at your garage/barn sale, donate.  Your used tack items can usually be used by therapeutic riding organizations or 4H.  It makes no sense to move unused, unwanted items to your new home and barn.
  • Keep a list, on one piece of paper or saved in your phone,  ALL 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.
  • Depending on the season that you move, have all turnouts 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 in the ground.  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, just in case
  • Have your truck and trailer serviced if using for the move.  Check tires, brakes, lights, etc.
  • Create a "packing kit" with hammer, screw driver, nails, rope, string, tape, pens, etc
  • Similar to a survival kit for yourself on moving day, pack one for 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, wheel barrow, Butte, vet records, extra bag of bedding, treats!

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