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Ultimate Guide: Buying A Horsebox

April 30, 2014

Whether you want to transport your horses to a show or race, fancy a weekend hitting the trails or just need to move stables, having access to a horsebox is an essential part of owning horses.

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Types of Horsebox

There are numerous options on the market to suit any and all requirements, from small single horse horseboxes through to large commercial trucks – which can accommodate six or more horses. Horseboxes come in a variety of specifications with different features, ranging from basic trailers to luxury motorhome conversions. We recommend you start by identifying your needs before beginning your search for a horsebox, as each size and type comes with its own pros and cons.

Truck type horseboxes are favourable for longer journeys, offering more comfort, safety and stability. 3.5 tonne horseboxes are the most popular on the market – these are usually specially converted vans, able to comfortably fit 1-2 horses and, as such, suit most people’s needs. The majority of horseboxes on the market are rated at 3.5 tonnes, meaning that standard licence holders are able to drive them.

The next size up is generally a 7.5 tonne horsebox, which usually accommodates 3 or more horses – however, it requires a higher category licence to drive. Bear in mind that large trucks often suffer from poor fuel economy and you’ll need to factor in insurance costs. It is possible to get horseboxes in different sizes, but 3.5 tonne and 7.5 tonne vans are the industry standard for private owners. Much larger horseboxes are available – normally converted buses or lorries – and these are usually favoured by commercial owners.

Small trailer-type horseboxes are also very popular and provide the added benefit of being able to detach your car and use it separately at your end destination. Trailer horseboxes are also considerably cheaper than their powered counterparts, but trailers can be difficult to manoeuvre in small spaces.

If you plan on buying a trailer horsebox, ensure that your vehicle is rated to tow the weight of the horsebox. Ideally, your vehicle’s maximum tow weight should be well above that of the horsebox if you intend on using it regularly. Larger vehicles such as 4x4s are generally preferred, offering more stability and weight to counteract the weight placed on the tow bar. You can find out the maximum towing weight for your vehicle by checking your manufacturer’s manual.

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New Or Used?

You need to decide if you’re going to buy a new or used horsebox. Obviously there are savings to be made buying used, but it lacks the guarantee of quality and safety that a new horsebox brings. This choice may depend on how often you intend to use your horsebox – if it’s just for occasional trips, a cheaper second hand option may be the way to go. However, if you plan on regular use for longer journeys, it might be worth investing in a new one.

When buying a horsebox or trailer, new or used, ensure you test drive it first. This will give you a feel for how comfortable you are driving it, especially if you’re not used to towing or driving large vehicles. Listen out for unusual sounds or any problems on corners etc. as it may be an indication of a problem with the horsebox.  If you’re viewing a used horsebox, the two most important areas to pay attention to are the ramp and flooring. These can be affected by damp problems, weakening them. Ensure that they are sturdy and in good condition without any warping.

Stick To The Rules

There are numerous road safety rules to adhere to when towing or driving a horsebox. You’ll need to check whether or not your driving licence allows you to drive the type of vehicle you intend to purchase. Your horsebox may be classified as an HGV depending on its size.

  • Category B driving licence holders are able to drive vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes.
  • Category C1 driving licence holders are permitted to drive vehicles between 3.5-7.5 tonnes.

Different rules apply for towing trailer horseboxes. We recommend checking out this handy guide from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, detailing all the dos and don’ts when it comes to vehicle safety when towing or driving a horsebox.

If you’re looking to transport your horses but are worried about the cost, have you considered horsebox finance? Pegasus Finance specialises in financing horseboxes of any size, from single horseboxes to large trucks used for racing events, both new and used. We work with numerous dealers and lenders to find you the best finance deal. Already got a price in mind? Use our horsebox finance calculator to get an instant quote.

If you still haven’t got a horse of your own, take a look at our dedicated horse finance page to find out how we could help make your dream come true.

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