Introduction to Horsebox Hire
When travelling with your horse whether for a holiday or to partake in events and competitions it is important that your horse is transported comfortably. This is where horse boxes come in. These contraptions ensure the safety as well as the comfort of your horse, and can be used for transporting them over long distances. Due to the cost of buying and maintaining a horse box, many people who do not travel regularly with a horse may choose to hire one. There are a number of horsebox hire companies in the UK and so finding one to suit your needs and budget shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Why Hire a Horsebox?
Horses are not like other animals when they travel. Travelling can deeply disturb these animals and can leave them distressed for up to a week after a journey – not a good thing if you are travelling to an event or competition. This is the main reason why horseboxes should be an essential part of horse equipment. Horsebox hire companies are able to offer fully insured boxes so that their customers can rest assured in case anything goes wrong on the journey that they won't be stuck with a hefty bill. Most companies are also able to help each customer individually and offer them an individual quote depending on how far they are travelling and how long far.
Being an essential part of horse equipment, many people may be tempted to buy a horse box. Unless you travel with your horse on a regular basis however this is not recommended as the costs to buy the box plus the maintenance and cleaning costs are staggering. If you only travel with your horse a couple of times a year it is much more cost effective to hire, plus you don't have all the maintenance and cleaning to deal with.
Costs of Hiring a Horse Box
The costs of hiring a horsebox vary depending on the type of box hired, the distance you are travelling and the amount of time you want to hire a box. Generally the cheapest type of horsebox you will find is the trailer, which can be attached onto the back of a 4x4. Trailers usually work out at around £30-£40 per day but this is not without reason. Trailers are only advised to be used for short journeys as they are not very comfortable for the horse and can cause distress. They also require you to be happy driving with one attached to your car.
The other type of horsebox is called an inbuilt horsebox and this usually costs around £90 - £100 per day. This type of horsebox is much safer for the horse and reduces stress to an absolute minimum. Horsebox hire companies often offer details to their customers, especially if they hire the box for more than one day. Weekend and festive offers are also common.
Where to Hire a Horsebox
Horsebox hire companies are located all over the UK, and it is relatively simple to find one that is within your budget and that caters for your needs. The best places to look are in the yellow pages and on the internet. You should be sure to choose a company that is reputable and that is willing to meet you to discuss the terms of the hire and your horses safety. You can also compare the prices of a number of companies that you find online, to find one that is a good deal and affordable for you.