Take a look into these luxury horse lorries
By: Rachel Barton
Last updated: 19 November 2015
With equestrian professionals having aimed to make their mark throughout the year in order to secure their place in Rio’s 2016 Olympic Games; equestrian spectators have enjoyed another year of quality performances.
Equally, this year’s equestrian technology has excelled itself too. Through several new revolutionary technological advances in equestrian transport, both rider and horse can afford to travel in style and comfort with these new in-built features.
Eventers, polo yards and racing yards are just some of the equestrian sectors that could now benefit from space-enhancing and luxury features on offer to those looking to transport multiple horses. Equestrians will be aware that larger shows require a team of dedicated personnel to ensure the smooth-running of events. Your lorry soon becomes both the living space for yourself and for that of your horse(s).
To ensure the ease of travel and creating an ambience of a home-from-home; bespoke horsebox companies such as Sovereign Horseboxes, have demonstrated a level of ingenuity that most could only dream of. Their fleet boasts, ‘touch screen panels [which] interactively give[s] you control of many features including intelligent start generators, on board switchable lighting, water levels and much more; further creating an ambience of comfort and simplicity.
Other features are now available in similar ranges include:
Other features are now available in similar ranges include:
•Heated, soft leather seats: Offering additional comfort for winter travel.
•Polished granite worktops: Add a touch of class to your kitchen area with a range of easy to clean surfaces.
•Flat screen TV: High resolution television to wind-down after the excitement of a competition.
•Memory-foam double beds: Ensure a good night’s rest before the show with a pull-out double bed, usually situated in the living area.
•LED strip lighting / Mood lighting: A fun and modern addition to your lorry, which can be used for relaxation purposes or a post-competition celebratory party.
•Panoramic windows: Encouraging lighter and brighter interiors.
•Wet rooms: A space-efficient design allowing you to shower in comfort.
•Mock fireplace: An atmospheric feature and visual centre-point when relaxing with your team members in the evenings.
•Hard wood furnishings: An aesthetically-pleasing addition to your living space.
•First-aid kit: An essential piece of equipment. You should also carry an equestrian first-aid kit also.
For your lorry…
Further ways in which you can customise the vehicle include modifications and add-ons to the lorry itself. This is a fun way in which you can truly personalise your vehicle, for example, choosing your own registration plate. Ben Leonard from Click4reg commented that, ‘There has been a rise in the number of equestrian number plates sold to horse owners, especially to owners of large yards such as those with polo ponies or race horses.’ Registration plates such as ‘HOR539E’, ‘WI62NAY’ or ‘R5CER’ are still available.
Other bespoke features include:
•Registration plate lights: Enhance your lorry’s visibility to other drivers at night.
•Custom spray paint graphics: Include your yard’s emblem, name and colour scheme on your lorry.
•Rear-wheel steering: Allows greater manoeuvrability for larger vehicles.
•Trailer CCTV cameras: Monitor horse activity from the cabin
•Side outs: Maximise the space within your living quarters on either side of the vehicle with the optional side outs.
•Roof rack: Access is available with a telescopic ladder.
•Hydraulic ramp: For ease of loading and unloading.
•External lockers, storage compartments and saddle racks: Maximise your space with storage suitable for tack, rugs, hats, boots and other such equipment.
•Solar chargers to optimise battery life
•Tracker system: A security feature that allows your lorry to be tracked 24 hours a day in the case of theft.
•Horse and Carriage carrying conversion options: Some specialist lorries now have the option to transport both a carriage and horses simultaneously. It is important however, to check your vehicle’s weight against government regulations. For more information, check out the guidelines on GOV.UK
•Towing options for cars: There is also the option with some trailers and lorries to tow a small car behind the vehicle however, this again needs to comply with weight and towing restrictions. Again, this can be viewed online.
For your horse…
•Hot water horse shower: Provides instant heat and encourages the safe warming-down of your horse after a major event.
•Extractor fans: Allows greater ventilation, the extraction of unpleasant odours and promotes healthier respiratory function for your horse.
•Horse urine drainage systems: Again, this feature supports a healthy respiratory system for your horse with the minimisation of ammonia. It can also extend the life of your vehicle.
•Awning: Provides shade and shelter from the elements. It also acts as an effective wind-break.
•Tinted Windows: Reduce the risk of horse-theft by obscuring outsider vision to your horse.
•Extra padding: Reduces the risk of injury and provides extra comfort to your horse during transport.
•Non-slip rubber floor matting: Reduce the risk of injury to your horse and allow extra stability in transit and when loading.
With winter fast approaching, it is worth taking your horsebox for a safety check to highlight if any work needs to be carried out. As outlined on DrivingHorseboxes.co.uk, ‘A horsebox that is over 3.5 tonne will need to be tested by a VOSA Inspector annually to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy and safe for travel.’ Realistically, you should check the condition of aspects such as your vehicle’s floor before loading so that you can be sure its condition has not suddenly deteriorated. Although this is a hindrance in terms of time, it is better than living with the guilt if anything wasn’t up to standard and your horse was injured. To re-familiarise yourself with your responsibilities as a trailer owner, from the transportation of a friend’s horse through to U.K. regulations, GOV.UK has put together a user-friendly guide for trailer owners.
If your vehicle is not up-to-standard, there are many companies that will part-ex your lorry for a reasonable price. Be on the look-out for Christmas offers and don’t be afraid to talk about what you require and what you’d like to work to with for your budget. The buying process is a discussion and not a fixed process. If you are a first-time buyer, or you have had your horsebox for 10 years or more, it’s worth taking someone who knows your horse and yourself when viewing to buy.