The horsebox is undoubtedly one of the most essential pieces of equipment which a horse owner has. It can be an expensive investment but a necessity and well worth it. It is vital that it be kept in proper shape which can be done with the appropriate maintenance.
Keeping it Clean
Most often when transporting horses, it is done by accessing roads and areas where there is a lot of dust and dirt. This can accumulate quickly on the horsebox. After it has been used, an effective way to clean the exterior is to power wash it.
The inside will need cleaning as well with particular attention being paid to the floor. It needs to be well swept and washed, and then the doors and windows left open for it to dry out thoroughly. During this time, the floor should be checked for its integrity to make sure that there are no weak spots or rotting. If this is taking place, it should be attended to immediately. The floor matting can be lifted for proper cleaning.
Before each time the horsebox is going to be used, the owner should do an inspection. Check that the lights are working. Also, inspect the tyres. They should be checked for wear and tear as well as pressure.
All the water levels should be checked before each use. Make sure oil and filter changes are done regularly. During the winter it may be necessary to use an anticoagulant for the diesel.
The brakes should be inspected before each trip, making sure the pressure is correct.
This type of inspection is detailed but really doesn’t take a lot of time. It can add to the safety of the trip and prevent having to deal with problems when on the road.