29th January 2011, 19:59
Hi! Has anybody been on a livestock carrier with horses? There aren't many trips with horses so quite a specialist question I guess.. One of which I know of is from South America, mainly Buenos Aires to Italy. For about the last 15 years or so? Ships that have still relatively recently done the trip are the Brahman Express or the Friesian Express. I'd also be interested to find out what other ships have done the journey in the past - there's very little to be found how adapted these ships are because they are otherwise carrying sheep or cattle.
30th January 2011, 00:42
Donaldson's Letitia was specially adapted to carry Shetland ponies from tye UK to America or Canada.
One tween deck was arranged with portable pens and food and water supplies, and there was also accommodation for 3 herdsmen aft.
I dont know how often it happened, I think perhaps once or twice a year, and after the horses left the pens were cleaned up for general cargo.
This would have been in the mid sixties.
30th January 2011, 16:48
Greetings Sterny and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.
1st February 2011, 04:41
Before the days of the special purpose ships we did take horses from Oz to Manila. The ship also carried 12 passengers mostly older women. The horses were penned on deck in front of the accommodation area and a well endowed stallion was always put in the first pen for the ladies to admire as they were walking around the deck. One other horse was designated the Engineers Friend and was fed all sorts of vegetables so that he arrived a deal fatter than when he left. (Jester)