Moving pets to France is worth the cost and stress

Blonde woman is nuzzled by her horses, one grey and a chestnut with open countryside behind them
Amanda Soden is nuzzled by her horse Ludo (left) and ex-racehorse Strobilus (right) at her home in Gers

An international move is stressful for humans but it can be traumatic for pets – although some take it in their stride

Three readers share their experiences and tips of moving pets to France: Amanda Soden moved horses, Mary Kennedy found moving cats expensive and Brenda-Lee Lovell says her Shih Tzu takes to travel well - plus we give practical tips for travelling

An ex-racehorse arrived in France looking ‘very sad’ after moving from the UK with a horse transportation company, its owner said.

French teacher Amanda Soden, 62, has moved to France with horses twice. The first time she drove them herself, but two-and-a-half years ago she used a moving company to take them from Suffolk to the farmhouse she shares with husband Colin, 80, in the village of Jegun, Gers, Occitanie.

Her pony, Emy, handled the trip well but ex-racehorse Strobilus suffered from the long trip, Mrs Soden said. “The company was very good but Strobilus is sensitive and the horses are packed into a huge horse-box like sardines. However, even if the horses were in a 10-star horse-box it would be traumatic, because it is ...

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