Summer 2011 - Bringing our horses down to the rancho
We decided to bring our horses down to the rancho ourselves, two at a time, in our two-horse bumperpull trailer. We had already trailered 1000s of miles, all over the Eastern half of the U.S., for shows and trail rides, so this was something we were used to doing. Trailering resources and overnight places are easy to find in the States, but not so easy in Mexico; and there are a number of forms to fill out and procedures to follow when you take horses across an international border. You will need to hire a customs broker for the border crossing. The full story of our horses' move is in the attached Word doc, below, and a list of resources follows.
Overnight Horse Lodging between Laredo and Guadalajara
(as of August 2011)
13 hours drive from Nuevo Laredo to Lake Chapala (we overnight halfway down) – with a 2-horse bumper pull trailer it cost us about $275 gas and $150 in tolls to make the drive with our horses.
93 octane gas at Pemex was about $3.42/gallon at that point, or 10.38 pesos per liter.
Laredo – overnight before crossing the border
Asmussen’s Horse Center
They provide hay, water and a choice of either a nice large stall, or a long private paddock with sunshade. Automatic waterers in both. $25/horse/night. Call if you’re going to arrive after 5 pm to make sure someone will be there.
Hotel: plenty of hotels in Laredo – pick one that is on one of the service roads on either side of I-35, between exits 1 and 3.
Matehuala – 6 drive hours drive south from Nuevo Laredo
Equine Veterinary Clinic “El Sauce”
Dr. Amulfo Castillo Guerrero
Flores Magon #125
Matehuala, San Luis Potosi
Other numbers that he wrote on his card when he gave it to us:
Very nice young vet, lives on premises, was a student of Dr. Anguiano’s in Guadalajara.
100 pesos per horse for the night.
No feed provided.
Big stalls with water and bedding provided.
(Miles shown are from Nuevo Laredo south)
Heading south on highway 57 towards Matehuala
You’ll see a billboard advertising “La Noria” restaurant, 13 km – this restaurant is right across from the hotel that we recommend, and it is known for its roast goat.
You’ll see another billboard for La Noria, and pass under a sign stretched across the highway saying “Bienvenidos a Matehuala”
Get in the right hand lane.
Instead of continuing down the toll road, you’re going to take the old, free highway.
Exit, bearing right, towards Matehuala / San Luis Potosi “Libre”
You’ll pass a large walled “no tell motel” on your right, wall is currently painted apricot. We’ve stayed at this motel, it’s good if you have pets traveling with you. About $40/night, not as convenient as Las Palmas.
Turn right off the highway here. It’s just after a Michelin dealer. Drive down the concrete-covered embankment and take the road straight back towards the mountains. Topes!
Turn left onto a one-lane gravel road – there will be a big concrete block wall on your right after you turn. Turn in to the first gateway to your right after that concrete wall ends, and you’re there. It’s a pretty small narrow gate. Pull on around to the back and you’ll see the stable block on your right, the doctor’s house on your left.
Recommended Hotel: Las Palmas – old 50s style once-posh motel with nice restaurant, pool, bicycle rental, miniature golf, free wifi in rooms. Really easy to pull your tow vehicle & trailer up next to your motel unit and parallel park it there – or, they have a trailer park if you want to sleep in your trailer.
2 ½ miles from the vet’s. They generally have plenty of rooms available.
DIRECTIONS coming back from leaving your horses at the vet
(Miles shown are from Nuevo Laredo south)
Leave the vet’s, turn left out of his gate and right on the one lane gravel road; turn right when you get back to the “libre” highway.
Pemex and Oxxo on your right shortly after pulling out on to the highway – you can see the BIG Las Palmas sign from that Pemex, it’s on the other side of the highway.
Pull into left turn lane, wait for a break in the traffic, and drive across the road down into the Las Palmas courtyard. Pull up to the building with blue awnings, that’s the office as well as the restaurant.
Watch the sharp corners on the curb around the fountain in the middle of the courtyard, we blew out a trailer tire on one of those.
If you see a white arch – you’ve gone too far, you’re past the hotel.
If you need to do some shopping – continue on the libre highway past Las Palmas, very soon you’ll see a Walmart on your right; followed by a Soriana’s on the right.
Broker used in Laredo to cross the horses:
Phone: 956 251 8252 (H) 01086701090169 from Mexico