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A Complete Checklist for Moving with Horses

Packing, decluttering, and moving boxes and furniture from one home to another is never easy. It's even more challenging to move with a horse. Whether you are moving to the Virginia countryside or selling your home, this essential checklist for can ease the stress of your move.

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Before Your Move

Start packing and planning for moving day as soon as possible, preferably a few months in advance. The more time you have, the less stressed you and your horse will feel on moving day. 

  • Start small. Focus on packing one section of your barn at a time. Spend one day searching for a home, cleaning out the tack room, or gathering all of your horse's paperwork. Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to tackle everything at once.
  • Sell anything you don't need. Comb through the barn and tack room, pick out any items you will not need or have not used, and have a garage sale. You'll have fewer items and a little more money for moving day.
  • Label everything. There is nothing more stressful than settling in your new home and being unable to find your horse's food or a water bucket. While you're packing, group items by room and clearly label with a permanent marker or colorful tape.

On Moving Day

When it's time to move from one home to another, keep everything you need, like first-aid supplies and a toolkit, within easy reach. Pack the essentials in the moving van or trailer last. That way you can easily unpack for the first day at your new home.

  • Create a "moving survival kit." Keep your valuables, your horse's records, and the right amount of feed and medications with you at all times.
  • Make frequent stops during the move. Relocating to a new home can be stressful on your horse. Protect their legs from injury during the drive or flight, and give them enough time to exercise along the way.
  • Have all phone numbers handy. Keep a list of your veterinarian, farrier, real estate agent, and other professionals with you to call in case of an emergency. You may also want to contact your new veterinarian, farmer, and feed store before you get to your new location.

After Your Move

  • Let your horse unwind. After moving day, go for a ride with your horse and get on a schedule as soon as possible.
  • Keep the diet and exercise routine consistent. You can keep your horse's post-move stress to a minimum by keeping the routines you had at your old home.
  • Be patient. It may take your horse some time to adjust to their new surroundings. 

We Can Make It Even Easier

As real estate experts who specialize in country properties from land, cottages, estates, and horse farms to professional equestrian facilities, my team and I can give you peace of mind about your move. 

Still trying to decide on an horse farm or country home in Virginia? Thinking of selling your home in our area? Let's talk about what you need. Call us at 703.966.9480. 

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