What should you know before transporting your horse? Read this guide to Transporting Horses written by Julie Magnus of Julie Magnus Racehorse Transport (www.jmrt.co.uk)
Here are the most important things you should know about transporting your horses – preparation and planning beforehand, things to remember during the journey, and caring for your horse and horsebox afterwards.
The legal bits
- Ensure your lorry is insured, taxed and has a current MOT (often called Plating for lorries).
- As a driver of the vehicle you should know the unladen weight of the vehicle. If you do not know, take it along to your local Public Weighbridge where it will cost around £5.00 to get it weighed, and then keep the ticket with you.
- You should also carry your driving licence (both parts).
- Have a copy of your Insurance Certificate with you.
- Ensure your breakdown recovery is up to date and you have the membership card in the lorry.
- If your horse is not used to travelling or loading then practising weeks before will pay off.
- Introducing the horsebox or horse trailer should be done at times when there are no distractions.
- Horses are claustrophobic by nature’s design so allow plenty of light and space inside the horsebox or horse trailer.
- Get expert help from a Natural Horse Trainer or a Professional Horse Transporter for lessons on loading if your horse is still reluctant.
- Plan your journey carefully – there are many online maps to help you but remember they do not list the low bridges and weight limits. Print out your maps to put on the lorry in case of sat nav failure.
- Set your sat nav to main roads only – normal sat navs do not take into consideration the size of the vehicle that you are driving.
- Check the Highways Agency website to see if there are any road closures that will affect your journey.
The day before:
- Check oil, water, tyre pressures and condition of tyres.
- Fill up with fuel.
- Check the floor and the partition.
Load up your lorry with everything you need
Use these checklists and add your own personal requirements!
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