Travelling is fun only when you are assured of the safety and comfort of your family. And by family, you mean your beloved horses too! Like people, horses too have their own likes and dislikes. Some enjoy the journey while others tend to get restless. So deciding to buy a float to transport your horse is a decision which needs serious attention. Having a look at the website mentioned below regarding horse floats for sale will surely help :- https://books.google.co.in/books?id=5sN2T1XdbNkC&pg=PA291&lpg=PA291&dq=types+of+horse+floats&source=bl&ots=e9mMxnNQ0N&sig=351YSB8en1mWxkZ0072ZM3zkKSI&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=types%20of%20horse%20floats&f=false
What to consider before buying the float
You need to fix your budget first and then consider your options based on that. It may look cheaper to get a second-hand float, however, you need to carefully check thoroughly especially if the seller is an unknown person. The float may need extensive repair and renovation. This would end up being more costly than a new one. Do check the registration papers if at all you decide to buy a pre-owned float. This would give an idea about how long ago it was purchased. Buying a float from a dealer would give you a better guaranteed one.
You have to check the interior of any float you are buying for signs of rust and deterioration. Carefully probe the floor and underbody, if possible with a screwdriver. Never ever purchase a float with even the slightest floor problem. You may not know while driving if your horse slips into a weak spot on the floor and is injured. So never take chances with the floor.
Make a checklist so that you will not leave out any important point. The checklist should contain the following information:-
- Number of horses
- Towing capacity of your car
- The weight of the horse-Determine the weight of your horse using a weighbridge.
- Weight of the float
- Insurance coverage of the float
A separate checklist should be made to cover all the safety features. This is something you cannot ignore at all.
Check out all the electrical fittings. Make sure the braking system is in place. Check the chassis and springs. Make sure the drainage system is working as required. It will turn out to be a problem if water and urine do not get disposed of properly during the journey. Double check the wheels and tires. Also, check the locking system to ensure that your horse is secured properly.
It would be a good idea to test drive the float with your horse inside. This would surely help to know if the horse is comfortable enough and if the float is in proper condition. There should be enough room for your horse to stretch out his head and neck. Bedding should be dry and warm.
A collapsible chest bar would be useful when it comes to travel on rough grounds. Sharp edges on windows and doors should be avoided so that your horse doesn’t get hurt.
Most horses are not comfortable in confined spaces. So make sure you check out everything to keep them happy and safe.