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Can we bring a horse to St Thomas?

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Hi Everyone. My husband and I are just recently considering moving to St. Thomas and
I was wondering if I could find a home that allows horses. Are you allowed to
bring your horse? Are there places to ride?

Thank you in advance for your help.


Posted : January 3, 2010 12:47 am
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I'm curious to know how you plan on getting a horse to STT??

Posted : January 3, 2010 10:29 am
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I know of a person who has moved a horse to STT. Presumably this was very stressful to the horse, but he's (it's?) doing better now.
There is a small stable on the west side of STT, 4 horses in it - it is sort of a shared holding, horses are individually owned but those people care for them together.
I suppose those stables at the racetrack can also house a horse, and clearly people with bigger houses and land have their own (I've seen a few here and there).
That said it seems like a very expensive thing to do and STT is hardly the best place for a horse. Just my opinion.

Posted : January 3, 2010 10:53 am
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To Answer your Question, Yes you can bring a horse to ST Thomas. You must get a permit issued by the "Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture Prior to the Animals arrival on the Island. To get the permit the horse MUST have a current negative coggins test (within 12 months of the actual arrival of the horse on the Island), proof the horse was vaccinated for Eastern and Western encephalomyelits. You have to consign your animal to someone on the island for quarantine purposes. You can contact the,

Office of the Director of Veterinary Medicine
Estate Lower Love
Kingshill, ST Croix
USVI 00850

I would contact a Realtor regarding where you can stay with your horse on the Island. Good Luck8-)

You might want to brush up on, Paste for worms, float the teeth, and trim hoofs.

Posted : January 3, 2010 11:48 am
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There is a horse racing track here in STT -- getting a horse here would probably be through Puerto Rico - which has a huge horse racing business - riding anywhere but your own property here in STT would be limited - not a lot of cleared and open land - STX has a totally different topography and is 3x the sq.mi. of STT.

Posted : January 3, 2010 1:19 pm
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As part of your research, you should come visit with the horsie set. There are several small horse barn/stables around. I know of one out here on the east end near Lindquist/Smith Bay with trails. Wintberg also has a horse area. There was a race horse rescue group, don't know if they are still active.

Posted : January 3, 2010 1:30 pm
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So I might be able to board the horse until I find a small place of my own to house him. Perhaps
we would be better on St Croix? I will look into it.

We would definitely come down to check it all out first.

Thank you for your help.


Posted : January 4, 2010 9:00 am
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Google the Pony Club St. Croix USVI. I know one of the instructors there brought her horse from the states.

Posted : January 4, 2010 4:54 pm
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They take horses back and forth all the time for races. I don't see why it would be a problem bringing one over. You do need a trailer though or borrow one of the race guys. The stable in Wintberg has a ring as well.

Posted : January 4, 2010 9:44 pm
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It would be just my luck to be seated next to one of them on the plane. 😀

Posted : January 5, 2010 11:53 am
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You can definitely get a horse here, however the cost may be a huge factor considering that my 86 lb yellow lab cost us $876 to get here to STT! The Wintberg barn, is in my opinion, the nicest you are going to find ( I have not seen the west end barn). The riding rings are not what you would typically find in the states, same goes for the turnout .

Posted : January 5, 2010 10:03 pm
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My baby, Stardust, is a Unregistered Quarterhorse, Cremello gelding. I would
really have to bring him along or I wouldn't be able to move there. LOL!

I'm going to have to come down and stay for awhile to check it all out. I would want
him on my land with me. I know that's a tough one. We'll have to see.

Thank you all.

Posted : January 6, 2010 10:54 pm
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hard to bring on a plane i would think. unless disguise as a large dog. maybe a cruise ship?

Posted : January 7, 2010 3:53 pm
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Disguised as a cruise ship ????????

OH, you mean ... bring him on a cruise ship ! 🙂

If the horse talks, I bet he could get on ...

Mr. Ed goes to the Caribbean on Oasis Of The Seas !

Posted : January 7, 2010 4:32 pm
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Horses fly on special aircraft. Puerto Rico is a routine stop, from there the island freighters are cheap and easy. Most will let you travel with your horse.

Posted : January 7, 2010 7:53 pm
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