Once you’ve passed your horsebox towing test, it’s time to hit the road. But, before you load up and set off, it’s important to make some preparations and check your trailer – particularly if you haven’t used your horsebox recently.
What do you need to do before starting your trailer journey?
Check off against our handy list below when preparing for a journey towing your horsebox:
Check your licence – different licences are required depending on the horses you’re towing. A ‘B + E’ licence is suitable for towing smaller horses and ponies in your car; but if you’re looking to tow multiple horses or larger breeds, then you may need a ‘C1 + E’ licence. Find out more here.
Mirrors – large horseboxes will require extended door mirrors for your vehicle. Make sure they’re attached correctly to give you full visibility of both sides of the vehicle and trailer.
Suspension – you can do a quick manual check of the suspension. Is the vehicle sitting evenly, or is it weighted to one side?
Trailer attachment – check, check and triple check! Security of the trailer coupling is paramount. Look for the condition of the attachment and make sure the breakaway cable is properly positioned without the chance of snagging.
Trailer reflectors – make sure any reflectors are wiped clean, particularly when travelling in low light or bad weather.
Practice – if you’re new to towing a horse trailer, or haven’t undertaken a journey in a long time, make sure you practice in a large open space – paying attention to the extra length the trailer gives your vehicle. Practice moving round corners, reversing and manoeuvring in tight spaces before you set off on the road.
Equipment and clothing – make sure you’re wearing the right clothing and protective equipment to load and unload the horse. Consider bringing suitable clothing, gloves and a riding helmet. In addition to your driving shoes, pack a pair of strong footwear with have good grips.
Breakdown cover – ensure you have breakdown cover for your trailer. Invest in membership of a dedicated service, such as the Equine Rescue Services, and be sure to keep policy details on you throughout the journey. Carry a breakdown kit on you in case of an emergency, containing items like an emergency triangle and high-visibility jacket, as well as everything you need to keep your load comforted.
Tyres – check your wheels for secure nuts, and any signs of tears or damage to the tyres. Make sure the tread depth and tyre pressure are both correct.
Spare wheel – make sure this is in an appropriate condition. If the spare wheel is fastened exteriorly, make sure this is on securely.
If you’re not feeling confident about towing your horse trailer, you may benefit from enrolling in one of our specialised courses. Get in touch with a member of our team today, here.