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When Horses Fly: Transporting Racehorses by Air (Part II)

It might cost you a pretty penny, but you can fly your horse.

“Air Horse One”, as it’s called (it basically says “First class equine air travel” on the side of the plane), is fitted with room for up to 21 horses, going two or three wide. Ticket cost differs but has been quoted in several thousands of dollars per passenger. The animals are with care loaded into the aircraft with inflight amenities such as drinks (water) and food (hay) to make sure that they get to their destination relaxed, healthy, and well-rested. 

In fact, so much are they dedicated to the comfort of their well-hoofed passengers that the aircraft usually descends and climbs slower, and even will deviate hundreds of miles out of its way to have the flight as smooth as possible. It has been said that flight crews will even accept long delays for the same reason. Thankfully, many horses seem to be used to it and obviously don’t mind waiting a little longer for a smooth flight.

From there, horses are transported to the racetrack, with a tiny amount of time to spare. If they’ve come from overseas, they might be quarantined once again and trainers can request that horses have more time to adjust to the time zone.

Sky High

Horses are well-known for being pricey animals to board, buy, feed, ride and enter into competitions. But transporting them from place to place, regardless if in trailers, long-haul moving vans with air-ride suspension, or specially outfitted airplanes can take luxury and cost to a whole new level.

A one-way van ticket from Kentucky to California for a horse whose owner wants him to have the whole trailer to himself could go for over $10,000. Odds are that the horse will fly, which will run the owner around $7,000 one-way for the same route.

 

When Horses Fly: Transporting Racehorses by Air (Part I)

 

Thousands of sport horses travel all over the globe every year to get to destination competitions on the global show jumping circuit. How do they get there? They fly. The only way this occurs is with the well-run business of equine air transportation, using dedicated crews who manage each phase of the horses’ wellbeing.

No, the horses don’t actually have wings. However, they can fly in airplanes with special accommodations.

When Horses Fly

The journey begins like any other. The horses are put onto trailers and transport from farms to one of the major airports with specialized facilities for horse transportation. One of the most traveled routes is between Amsterdam in The Netherlands and Miami, Florida. Another major hub is The Ark at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. 

The million-dollar facility has a 24-hour reception center, 48 states of the art stalls, and a specialized quarantine facility for export/import horses. The aim of all sport horse transport is to have the horse’s transported as smoothly as possible so that once they are off the plane, they can perform at their peak potential at the competition.

Upon arrival at the airport, the horses are put into specialized containers for the flight. Owners can choose coach, business or first class for the four-legged cargo. The little horses can fly three to a container and the bigger show jumpers will fly “business” with some extra legroom.  It is very comfortable for little horses to ship three to a container with the bigger horses fitting great in a two stall. 

When the horses are secure in the containers, the boxes are put into the cargo bay of the plane. The Boeing 747 is a well-known model in equine air travel since the upper deck is crafted for human passengers (grooms, vets, farm managers), while the lower deck fits cargo and horses efficiently. In terms of cost, owners can anticipate paying in the four figures per stall for transatlantic flights.

How to Transport Your Race Car (Part II)

Make sure that you do your research before trusting someone to transport your car. 

Ask your sports car transport companies for a specialist to personally organize the whole move. That is to track and monitor the vehicle, schedule the race car shipping, and track its movement during the relocation. Can you track the progress of your vehicle? It is vital to know how far your race car transportation has gone by following its movement online 24/7. 

Your sports car is very valuable and important for you so don’t trust a random mover with it. Look for experience, professionalism, reputation, and expertise when picking race car movers and when reading reviews. Read about what types of cars the particular sports car shipping business moved and determine how much you can trust it.

When you need to find sports car transport businesses, look at the section with auto movers. Not only looking at reviews on auto transporters but also looking at the ratings. The ratings of sports car movers are provided by folks like you who have moved their sports vehicle. Be in the know on the rules of your race car transporting company for shipping.  

What is the time frame with which you can expect your race or a sports car to be picked up for transportation? Find this out as sports car movers also have express services that can be provided in a day or two.

Sports car move tips

Do some online research to find out how to reduce the cost of your sports car shipment and useful tips on how to save money from your race car transportation if you want to do it.  For more info on sports and/ or race car transport get an estimate from sports car shippers. 

They will call you and will consult you about your shipment. When you use a professional and dependable sports auto transport business for your special vehicle relocation, you realize you will get the best service. 

How to Transport Your Race Car (Part I)

Race cars are worth a lot, so knowing how to transport them is crucial. 

Many folks take their autos when moving. They drive it or have it shipped. Either way, you understand well how vital private transport is and how much it makes life easier, simpler and more convenient. But what can be said about sports or race cars? Sports cars typically have two seats and two doors. They are crafted not only for acceleration but also for the pleasure of enjoying their attractiveness.

For those of you who have one or more such vehicles, who own and enjoy driving such a beast or is a collector, the movie is even more crucial. Who should be permitted to transport your race car? How is sports car shipping structured? What can you do to enhance your race car transportation? These and other questions will be answered here.

Racecar transporting guidelines

The luxury race cars are distinct and that means guaranteeing a top-quality long or short-distance relocation.

You have to be informed about how your car will be unloaded/loaded in the moving truck. Some race car movers use standard ramps while others use a hydraulic lift. You want a low-ground loading facility if your vehicle possesses low ground clearance. It goes without saying that you must be present when your sports car is being unloaded or loaded from the truck. 

Don’t forget to ask for an enclosed trailer. Open trailers are affordable, but is this what your distinct sports car warrants? Always be sure you have enclosed transportation for your race car transport. This means a move of more protection and security for your sports car during transit from heat, sun, snow, rain, air, and hail. This way of race car transport will deliver more safety for your treasurable irreplaceable auto, keeping it intact while in transport.

 

How to Transport Ice Cream Without Melting

Keeping your ice cream on dry ice while you travel will help prevent it from melting.

Ice crystals assist ice cream in keeping its structure when it starts to melt when it is exposed to temperatures over 32 degrees Fahrenheit. To stop ice cream from melting, it is vital to make a storage environment that is able of keeping temps under the freezing level. 

Proper insulation and dry ice will help you have a container cold enough to shield the integrity of your ice cream. This way, you can have ice cream for dessert at a picnic or tailgate party without having to carry along big bags of ice.

Take the ice cream out of its original container with a spatula and put it in a metal container that is big and deep enough to hold the ice cream when it is loosely packed. By packing the frozen dessert loosely into the container, you make insulating pockets of cold air that will result in a reduced melting time.

Line the bottom of a big cooler with a towel. Put on a pair of insulated gloves and put about one-third of the dry ice inside the cooler.

Lightly tap the dry ice chunks with a hammer to break them into 1- to 2-inch cubes to fit nicely in the container.

Secure the lid on the metal container and put it onto the crushed dry ice. Be sure the container is solidly seated in the dry ice.

Put the remaining dry ice in the cooler and smash into little cubes with the hammer. Put the chunks of dry ice on top and around the sealed metal container.

Cover the dry ice with another towel and close the lid of the cooler. Secure the lid with duct tape to stop cold air from coming out if your cooler does not have a secure latch.

The Best Way to Transport a Cooked Turkey and Other Holiday Foods (Part II)

Carve the turkey before you transport it.

Tips for Traveling Turkeys

Roast the turkey in an oven with a temp of 325 degrees F and no lower.

Look to see that the turkey thigh is 180 degrees F internal temperature, that the breast is 170 degrees F and that the juices are clear.

Let the bird rest for around 20 minutes before removing the stuffing and carving it.

Take the stuffing and let it cool at room temperature.

Carefully carve all the meat from the bird. Separate the turkey meat into little containers or tightly sealed packages to expedite both reheating and chilling.

Quickly refrigerate the stuffing and turkey separately. You can freeze it if you’re cooking a few days ahead of time. Even if you got your turkey frozen, it’s okay to re-freeze after it’s been cooked.

When you travel, pack the stuffing and turkey in an insulated cooler with frozen gel packs or ice. When you get to your destination, reheat the stuffing and turkey at 325 degrees F oven or in a microwave until each gets an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Discard any foods that warm over refrigerator temperature (40 degrees F). Food poisoning bacteria grow quickly at warm temperatures.

What Not to Do

NEVER half cook a turkey at your home and then finish cooking it later.

NEVER put a turkey in the oven at a low temperature the night before you have to go and think you can carry it, fully cooked, to your destination. It must be cooked at a temperature of 325 degrees F.

NEVER stuff or dress a raw bird and transport it for later cooking. Instead, make the stuffing ahead of time, chill it, transport it to your destination in an ice-packed cooler, and then bake it as quickly as you can.

 

The Best Way to Transport a Cooked Turkey and Other Holiday Foods (Part I)

If you’re bringing food to grandma’s house for the holiday’s then these tips will be helpful to ensure the quality of it when it gets there.

We might not go over the river and through the woods anymore, but lots of us still go to Grandmother’s house at holiday-time with a dish or two to put on the Thanksgiving table. And that presents an issue that can affect your health: how to keep cold foods cold, hot foods hot, and all food safe to eat.

Make sure your Thanksgiving table doesn’t have unwelcome guests. The microorganisms that produce food poisoning. Many folks think that picnics are the only meals where food poisoning may occur, but the organisms that create food poisoning thrive any time of year at temperatures from 40 degrees F to 140 degrees F. Don’t leave foods in that danger zone for over two hours. 

Safety When Transporting Food

Pack cold foods for transporting in an insulated cooler with ice packs. Insulated casseroles are good for transporting hot dishes. Also, you can wrap securely covered hot foods in layers of towels and transport them in insulated carriers. Fill holes around the food containers with towels or crumpled newspaper to stop spills and shifting.

Possibly the best thing to do when toting hot foods, like sweet potatoes or green bean casserole, is to completely cook them the day before and let them cool at room temperature. Wrap or cover them securely then refrigerate overnight. The next day, put them tightly in a cooler with ice packs or ice and just reheat them when you get to your destination.

Now, side dishes are one thing to transport. They’re small and really simple to manage. But what if your plan is to transport the turkey to Thanksgiving dinner at a table other than yours? If it’s across town or around the block, you can just cover it tightly with foil and transport it. 

How to Transport a Fish When Moving (Part III)

Fish can still suffocate even if the bag has water in it.

If you are transporting the fish in your aquarium, this is not a problem as the water is already there. If you are transporting the fish in the aquarium, make sure to remove all decorations. 

You don’t want that stuff shifting around the aquarium and perhaps hurting the fish. Always make sure to walk or drive carefully since you want to reduce movement wherever possible. Bear in mind that you will need a bucket of at least five gallons. 

Can Fish Die in Bags?

Yes, fish can suffocate in bags, which is something that frequently kills fish since many folks do not seem to be conscious of this. In a plastic bag with water in it, a fish can die in 60 minutes or sooner. 

You need to tie the bag shut to stop it from spilling and for safety reasons. You can’t put holes in it either.

The only real choice here is to purchase pure oxygen from a fish store so you can put it in the water with the fish. This is something you have to do if your transport is going to take longer than one hour.

Transport Fish in A Ziplock Bag?

Technically yes, but just for a limited amount of time.

The issue with Ziplock bags is that they are very narrow. In terms of width, your fish won’t have any space to swim.

It is not a great idea, as the bag must be a large and round bag to provide the fish plenty of space for safety and some impact cushion zone in case anything occurs.

Furthermore, even though Ziplock bags are good on their own, the top might leak water, which is, of course, isn’t ideal.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that you should avoid transporting 

How to Transport a Fish When Moving (Part II)

Regardless of the distance, transporting fish can be dangerous and detrimental to their health.

Transporting Fish in The Aquarium

When it comes to an aquarium, particularly glass ones, there is really no solid way of securing these in a vehicle and being able to drive smoothly enough to guarantee the fish’s safety.

If you do plan on transporting your fish in the aquarium, get rid of enough of the water so it doesn’t spill if you brake a little hard. Remove any decoration to make sure that no cracks happen in the aquarium, there won’t be anything flying around the aquarium in transport as well as no decorations floating around.

Also, if using a bucket, make sure not to fill it up too much so it doesn’t spill while driving. With that said, transporting your fish in the car, inside of a bucket or the tank is really not recommended because of numerous problems that can and usually do arise.

How to Transport Fish Short Distances

Transporting fish long or short distances, with or without a car, is dangerous and difficult. Like mentioned before, fish usually suffer stress and might die, even on short trips, so ideally, trips should be as short as possible.

The best way to transport a fish a short distance is by using the plastic bag method. You should keep in mind, though, that water is heavy, so with any bag over two liters you have the risk of exploding or tearing the bag and causing your fish to fall out and die.

Make sure to use aquarium water to fill the bag and do not put nor more than one or two fish in a bag. Don’t forget that the more water there is, the more dissolved oxygen will be present. But, the more fish you have in the bag, the more oxygen they will require.

 

How to Transport a Fish When Moving (Part I)

Transporting a fish isn’t as easy as one might think.

Here is good guide on how to transport fish long and short distances the correct and safe way. A lot of folks get this wrong. You can end up creating stress to your fish or even killing it.

Transporting Fish 

If you are carrying your fish home from the pet store, or you are relocating, knowing how to transport your fish the correct way is vital to their survival and health. If you transport fish the incorrect way, you can end up suffocating them, crushing them, or stressing them to death.

When talking about transporting fish short and long distances safely, the short answer is: The simplest way to transport fish is using a plastic bag, aquarium water, and pure oxygen that can be purchase at any fish store.

You can also use a five-gallon bucket or the aquarium itself, though this is not really recommended.

Let’s discuss in depth the best ways to safely transport your fish.

How To Transport Fish In A Car

Transporting a fish in a car is really not all that hard, but you do have to do it the correct way, or you risk killing your fish. Do bear in mind that fish get stressed out quite easily and long-distance trips can kill them.

If you plan on travelling for over a full day with your fish, odds are that it will die. To ensure the best possible chances of survival, there are a few precautions that you must take.

Don’t Use Bucket

Now, some folks attempt to transport fish in buckets or in the aquarium when driving. This is a huge mistake.

Have you ever had to slam on the brakes because some idiot driver cut you off? If your fish is in the car and being transported in a bucket, the bucket might spill or tip over, putting your fish in your car which will kill it.