63 Horses Fly Almost 6,000 Miles From Chicago to Turkey

January 6, 2022

It took a team of caretakers and Turkish Airlines staff to safely transport 63 horses from Chicago, Illinois, to Istanbul. For the more than 10-hour flight, these horses were housed in 21 specially designed stables. They featured anti-slip flooring, because according to veterinarians, horses are not sedated before a flight since they need to remain awake enough to balance on all four legs. Horse Racing Sense estimates overseas travel for a horse can “average from $8,000 to $30,000” each.



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