Having a safe way of transporting horses is essential if you want to comply with current road laws. Using a horsebox is an ideal way of transporting horses as they are easy to use and don’t require any towing car.
There are different license categories when it comes to using vehicles for horse transport. Each license grants the user the ability to drive vehicles at varying weights. For example, a Category C1 license entitles you to drive a vehicle between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes without a trailer.
A 3.5-tonne horsebox is about the size of an average van and is perfect for one or two horses along with some equipment. This is a popular choice for amateurs and are quite often seen at horse shows around the country.
The standard car driving license is classed as a Category B this is what most people currently possess. A vehicle being driven on this license cannot weigh more than 3.5 tonnes MAM (maximum authorised mass).
Buying a 3.5 ton horsebox can be complicated as there are many available as well as a long list of customisation options. Living quarters and storage are just some of the options which can be added to these horseboxes.
A horsebox is usually based on a pre-existing van chassis from a donor vehicle. These vans can either be new or used depending on your budget.
Although these horseboxes are usually cheap to run there are a few costs worth considering. As with all vehicles tax, insurance and an MOT will be the biggest outlays when running a horsebox. Servicing is also another cost; this should be done every year to ensure your horsebox runs in perfect condition.
To conclude buying a 3.5-ton horsebox is a cost-effective way of transporting horses to shows. This type of horsebox is still easily manoeuvrable around tight country roads and villages due to them being the same size as a medium van.