Type of Vehicle and driver considerations
Using a lorry or towed-trailer depends on personal choice, finances and requirements.
However, if you are planning to do a lot of long distance travelling, a lorry may be the
better option. Some bigger horses also prefer lorries but either choice will need regular
maintenance and servicing to maintain safety. If towing, the towing vehicle must be
capable of towing the trailer’s maximum authorised mass (MAM). Check vehicle
specifications to find its weight and towing capacity.
Internal designs can vary greatly and again can depend on personal choice, taking into
consideration the type and size of horse. The options are to transport the horse facing
forwards, backwards, or herring-bone (on a slant). Whichever you choose, ensure that
there is sufficient (but not too much) space for your horse, allowing it to brace around
corners and when braking. Too much room can allow the horse to fall over during travelling and be far more tiring. The trailer or lorry should be light and airy, allowing your
horse plenty of headroom, and allowing him to stand straight within the space.
To provide a comfortable journey, the lorry or trailer should be of solid and sound
construction, with a good quality, non-slip rubber flooring, padded partitions, and a ramp
with matting or a rubber surface. The ramp angle should be as shallow as possible,
without too great a step onto the ramp. If choosing a horsebox, ensure that the engine has
enough horsepower to avoid constant gear changes.