What should I do if my horse's lorry breaks down?

If your horse's lorry breaks down, it can be tricky to know what to do. Here, Guy Anstey explains all you need to know. 

First off, before you travel, make sure your lorry insurance covers roadside assistance. If you break down on a busy road, always leave the vehicle from the passenger side door. 

Spend time reassuring your horse, but don't be too tempted to unload him. Be aware too of any oncoming traffic.

If you have to move your horse to another vehicle due to breakdown, the road will probably be closed off while you do this. 

If you have an accident, call the emergency services. A vet may also be required if your horse has sustained any injuries. Again, stay calm, keep your horse on board and wait for help to arrive. 

What checks should I do on my horse box before we head off?

Every horse box, whatever its size or age, should be checked before each journey. 

The tyres are the closest thing to the road, and so these should be check first as they're what supports the whole box. 

Look for defects, such as bulges, exposed wire or canvas, as well as tread depth and tyre pressure. 

Also, bear in mind that any issues multiply significantly with the addition of your horse's weight. 

Bigger horseboxes (7.5 tonnes and upwards) have air compressors. These control the brakes, suspension and even the gearbox, and air leaks can sometimes be heard. If you suspect this, don't use the vehicle until its problems have been fixed.

Always make sure any ramps and doors, etc., are shut and locked. The last thing you want is to be driving along with one swinging open.

Guy Anstey has worked with racehorses for over 25 years and has been transporting them domestically and internationally for almost 20 years.