The key to hassle free travelling is preparation.

It’s great to see when our customers have a horse box in excellent condition and you have done the “long walk to the driver’s seat” to check your box is ready for travel. But as the age old saying goes “failing to prepare, is preparing to fail” and there are a few other things you should consider when travelling with your horses.

There are a number of simple steps you can take before each journey to make your life as easy as possible, and help reduce any stress if you do face any problems while out and about with your horses. Many of these are standard things you would check on a regular basis but, there might be a few are things you haven’t thought of that could be really handy if you ever had to rely on them.

  1. Always carry water, hard feed and hay with you for the horses. It might just be a short ride out but you will really appreciate it if you suffer from unforeseen delays from roadworks, road closure or an incident on your ride.

  2. Make sure you have breakdown cover and that you have the policy details with you.

  3. Appropriate fire extinguisher and HI-VIZ clothing. Hopefully you never need them, but will be invaluable if you do have an accident.

  4. First Aid kits for both humans and equines; it might not be you that needs them but always nice to be able to help 

    someone else in need. Also worth keeping some paracetamol/ibruprofen/usual painkillers in your horse box for the same reason.

  5. If you use a hit-air jacket (or similar) it is a good idea to keep a spare gas canister and tool in your horse box in case you have a detonation before you return home.

  6. A bit of cash for those emergency situations- from buying wine to paying for fuel at a fuel station that doesn’t accept card payments.

  7. A fully charged phone and charger is a good idea, especially if you aren’t attending an organised event.

  8. In the winter it can be handy to have some salt/grit in your horse box. You can use this wherever you are unloading to make the area safer for you and the horses by reducing the risks of slipping and also making it easier for you to get home again.

  9. An “In Case of Emergency” or ICE contact is good to have in your phone too. This can help an first responders etc. know who to contact if there is a situation where you are unable to use your phone. There are ways of making these numbers available even through a locked handset, to ensure that a message reaches the right person in the event of an emergency.

  10. Spare clothes and food is sensible incase of weather issues or again some unforeseen problems/delays.

  11. Lastly, not always possible but if you have spare tack that can be left in your horse box- at least a head collar and lead rope can be extremely useful if you end up helping with a loose horse or have equipment failure of your own usual stuff.

Most of these suggestions are common sense, but it does no harm to have a reminder every now and again.

We hope you never need to rely on them, but if you do its always good to have them their to help yourself and your travelling companions or anybody else who you might be able to help.