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Horseboxes Versus Horse Trailers

Author : James Galloway

Choosing the right transportation for your horse is a big decision and shouldn't be taken lightly.

Try to look at the issues from the point of view of your horse; your first priority is to make sure the trailer or horsebox you buy is as safe and as comfortable as possible.

The configuration of trailers doesn't always make this possible. Small enclosed spaces are anathema to horses, as they are a flight or fight animal it goes against their nature to be in an enclosed space. Horses that are not familiar with traveling (often the young and inexperienced) find it difficult to balance, which in turn can cause problems at the end of your destination and for future journeys. Although horseboxes are much bigger than trailers, the consensus of opinion is that they are easier to drive.

The horsebox offers horses more security; most horses/ponies will stand longer in a box than a trailer (in my experience). The stability of the horsebox on long windy roads (especially when traveling to competitions in this country) is a real confidence boost, no frazzled nerves to deal with on arrival. I've lost count of the times I've witnessed horses and ponies refusing to load into a trailer, this is not uncommon, but only on the odd occasion in a horsebox. An added bonus is the extra space that horseboxes provide. If you are planning to stay overnight for example the cost can be countered by spending the night in the box, plus you remain in the proximity of your horse or pony.

Problems loading horses are common; make sure you have your hat, boots, and gloves on, be safe. The horse should already be kitted out in his protective travelling gear. It is so easy to say "do not lose your temper." But really if you do the chances are your will not load on that day.

Make sure the horsebox or trailer is the right size for your horse, also the floor needs to be in good condition, if your horse or pony feels uncomfortable or unsafe, he is again unlikely to load, if he does load and still feels insecure, you and your horse may end up in a stressful and sometimes dangerous situation. Once loaded, drive steadily, you and your horse are precious cargo. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Drive off smoothly, avoid any sudden breaking. Read the road conditions, allow for the weather conditions on the day, and always pay attention to your speed. The horse has to remain standing and keep his balance; it is up to you help him to do so.

There are many considerations to be made before buying a horsebox or a trailer, budgets are usually the first. It would be better to consider the impact on the horse, of trailer vs. horsebox…..In the end it is the confidence and trust they put in you that is of the most value.

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The correct choice of horsebox is paramount to success and the choosing of a 7.5 tonne horsebox or 6.5 tonne horsebox really does matter to the health, happiness and safety of your horse.

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Tags:   Horseboxes, 6.5 tonne horsebox, 7.5 tonne horsebox, transport, animals, welfare

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