Horsebox Questions

Horsebox Questions

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  • Remove the four short breech bars and the two partition wings; you are then free to remove the centre partition pole. You will need to fit two full width breast bars, which are available from our spare parts department and can be viewed on the spare parts section of the website. It is important that a bar is fitted to the front and rear to improve the structure and rigidity of the horsebox. Also it is advisable to always have the rear bar fitted when unloading. This prevents the horse walking backward while opening the rear ramp.

  • Remove the four short breech bars and the two partition wings; you are then free to remove the centre partition pole. You will need to fit a foal panel to the front breast bar receivers. This is a special partition which is held to the floor by two spring bolts and can be fitted with an access door if required. Foal panels are available from our spare parts department and can be viewed on the spare parts section of the website. Foal panels are essential in preventing the foal from moving up to the front of the horsebox adjacent to the groom’s door. This is to adhere to the Ifor Williams Safety Notice marked on the inside of the grooms door.

  • Many customers travel with the two rear top doors open to give their animals as much ventilation as possible. This can be dangerous when traveling with a foal as the foal may attempt to jump over the rear ramp. A removable mesh foal grid may be fitted to the outside of the horsebox when the top doors are in the open position. Foal grids are available form our spare parts department and can be viewed on the spare parts section of the website.

  • Every horse has its own personality and in some instances you may have an animal which feels insecure travelling in a double horsebox. In some cases the horse tries to lie against the partition supporting its legs against the side of the trailer to get more stability. We recommend trying to transport your animal in the horsebox, without the centre partition, giving them the freedom to spread their legs and find a more natural stance.

  • Check what type of floor is fitted to your horsebox. If it is a wooden floor, it is important to know that wooden floors are susceptible to wear and rotting even if regularly treated. Moisture trapped between the rubber mat and the wooden floor beneath will speed up this rotting process. Therefore it is essential to lift up your rubber mat regularly to allow your wooden floor time to dry out. We recommend regularly checking the wooden floor for soft spots which may indicate that the floor is rotten. If there are any soft spots we strongly recommend bringing the trailer to be professionally checked. From Sept 1999 all new Ifor Williams horseboxes are fitted with an aluminium floor which gives additional strength and longevity. At this stage we recommend that wooden floors should be replaced with a new aluminium floor available from our spare parts department.


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