When it comes to transporting your horse safely in Horseboxes, there are a few things that certainly should be taken care of. Some of them are as follows:

  • Duration of Ride – A ride of less than 500 miles or 3 hours usually doesn’t cause any transport-related ailments like fatigue, reduced appetite and dehydration in the horses. However road transport time a day must not go beyond 12 hours from the moment the horse is being loaded on the horsebox. After a long tiring journey of about 12 hours, they must be removed from the cart and stabled comfortably for a minimum of 8 hours. This is needed for re hydration and tracheal clearance.


  • Food and Water – While being transported, horses must be provided with clean drinking water at an interval of 3 to 6 hours. It is better to bring the water from home as your horse may not prefer to drink water that is outside. However during summer when the weather features high temperature and high humidity, they tend to sweat more which means you will need to provide them with water more frequently.

Horses must be fed during the journey. Try to keep the environment inside the horsebox as little contaminated as possible, especially the breathing zone around the muzzle it mustn’t be heavily contaminated. Since the hay nets have to be positioned close to the breathing zone, it is required to use dust-free hay. To ensure that you soak the hay in water prior to being loaded on the Horseboxes Leeds. You can also use a net to feed the horses.

  • Orientation – This must be properly taken care of, or else this may act as a significant cause of stress to the horse. Horses are kept either facing towards or away from the travel direction, according to reliable studies, horses facing away from the direction of travelling experience less stress than those facing toward the direction. Being faced away also helps enhance their ability to clear airways as well as adjust posture, most horses like this posture. However, some may prefer the opposite as well, so the decision should be made regarding orientation and restraint during journey on a case-to-case basis. Take better caution while opening the gate of the trailer in case there is an unrestrained horse inside.


  • Ventilation – There is no dearth of factors regarding air quality to impact the respiratory system. A properly designed van or trailer ensures sufficient ventilation and protection from any gale force draft on the horse directly or complete drenching in case it rains. You can’t control the airflow in the trailer from re-circulating rear to front along the ground while bringing noxious fumes up for your horse to breathe. The pressure profile along the moving box notably dictates that there would be re-breathing. More open-stock trailers however, offer a good advantage for more ventilation and less heat load especially during the summer months. Ensure that the probable factors that may negatively impact air quality within the car are minimized. Check the exhaust system on a regular basis, Urine-soaked bedding as well as poor drainage may also have a bad impact on the air quality. So take care of that as well.

These are a few things that you should keep in mind while buying Horseboxes for Sale. After all, this is all about comfort for your horses.

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West Midlands
WS10 8AJ

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