Welcome to Sheila Head's Hawaiian Transport
Horses scheduled for shipment are brought to the shipping facilities at Sheila Head's Ranch
in Valley Ford, California where they are held until loading. Late on Thursday afternoons each
animal is carefully loaded into the custom built livestock containers. They are then transported
by truck to the Port of Oakland which takes about an hour, depending upon traffic conditions.
There they are loaded onto one of Matson Navigations Vessels and the trip to Hawaii begins.
The voyage from Oakland to Honolulu takes 4-6 days (depending on Matson Navigation's
schedule). There is a livestock attendant with them throughout the entire trip. The stalls are
cleaned and they are fed daily. Alfalfa pellets are the standard feed, but if something else is
required please notify Sheila Head prior to shipping.
Health Papers Needed for the State of Hawaii
- A current negative coggins is required by the State of Hawaii (current is considered within
- A health certificate dated 7-12 days prior to shipping.
- A 4-way vaccination, Eastern and Western. A veternarian must record on health certificate
date and product used.
- A statement of spraying by a Veterinarian of a USDA-Approved pesticide is required.
The following statements must be written on the Health Certificate by a Veterinarian:
- Free from external parasites and symptoms of transmissible diseases and have not had
recent exposure to these diseases.
- Originated in an area in which equine encephalomyelitis has not occured in the six month
period immediately preceding the date of shipment.
- Have been dipped or completely sprayed with a USDA-Approved pesticide for horses within
7 days of shipment.
- A Veterinarian's signature, printed name, address, and phone # are recorded on the Health
- The animals represented on this certificate of veterinary inspection have not originated
from a premises or area under quarantine for vesticular stomatitis or a premises on which
vesticular stomatitis has been diagnosed in the past thirty days. I have examined the animals
and have found no signs of vesticular stomatitis.