Global Horse Transportation Issues

Long-distance travel has potential complications for horses including colic, injury, and shipping fever.

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The number of high-value, insured horses travelling internationally is difficult to quantify, making true “risk assessment” for insurance purposes a problematic exercise.

A record number of 1,003 United Kingdom-based Thoroughbred racehorses competed internationally in 2014. They travelled to France (417), Ireland (249), Dubai (144), Channel Islands (75), the United States (34), Germany (22), Australia (15), Turkey (12), Switzerland (9), Canada (7), Sweden (7), Hong Kong (5), Italy (2), Singapore (2), Czech Republic (1), Japan (1), and Spain (1).

There were 350 Fédération Equestre Internationale international events in 1996 and this number grew progressively to 657 in 1999, 1,530 in 2006, and 3,215 by 2011.

Stallions shuttle between both Northern and Southern hemispheres. Equine transportation data for other equestrian disciplines and horse-related activities are much less well-documented, but long distance transport occurs within national frontiers, as in the United States or within Japan and Australia

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