On short voyages, like that from the mainland to the Isle of Wight, horses are conveyed in barge-like boats with a floating platform at the stern, corresponding to the tail-board of a cart. However calm the sea or river to be crossed, there is always a difficulty in getting horses aboard, as they intuitively dislike an unstable platform, and an old stager has to be kept as a "leader" to induce novices to follow.

Once on board they are packed closely together, and linked as well as fastened singly to the bulwarks.

Horses taking a long sea voyage should have their hind shoes removed, and tips applied to the fore-feet.