Horse Transport at Sea

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George Winegar, past president, Robert D. Campball award winner, and a member of Animal Transportation Association since its inception, gave an overview of historical horse transport at sea (remember that we as humanity have shipped by sea for much longer than we have shipped by trailer (150 years) and air (75 years). 

The Ancient Romans first developed horse shipping, and improved techniques were made by the Arabic peoples in the time of the Bible (remember that these were ships powered by oars or sail.) Ships were built for this purpose and designed with stalls to hold horses. Some even had slings to support the horses in case of rough seas and could move 20-30 horses per trip. Some lifted horses like cargo with slings onto the ship; some loaded and unloaded directly from the beach; some loaded the horses through a door in the hull

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