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The number one rule in how to transport horses safely is to make sure they stay in the horsebox during transit. That means all the way in. Such wasn’t the case in a recent incident that occurred along Sandhills Green in Redditch.

According to the Redditch & Alcester Advertiser, a horsebox being driven through the area on the morning of May 22 (2013) had to stop when one of the horses accidentally put its hind leg through the floor. The horsebox was stopped at the side of the road while firefighters and police were notified.

Responding with the firefighters was a veterinarian who sedated the horse for approximately 30 minutes so firefighters could do their work. When the horse was sedated, the hole was enlarged in order to roll the horse’s leg out without causing further injury. The hole was temporarily patched and the horsebox driven to a nearby field where the horse was released.

There are no reports regarding possible injuries, but the animal was back on its legs and walking freely by the time firefighters left. Hopefully a further examination of the horse revealed it was a case of “all’s well that ends well.” As for the horsebox, no one seems to know what happened.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Station Commander Ian Jallands told the Advertiser it appeared everything was fine with the horsebox. It could be that the horse stomped its foot just hard enough, and in just the right location, to put its leg through. The commander nonetheless reminded horsebox owners of the need to make sure equipment is always properly maintained and in good working order.

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We are happy to hear that the horse in this story was not seriously injured in the incident. Fortunately, it turned out to be just an amusing incident we can relate to our readers as a matter of letting you know you can learn to drive a horsebox at one of our facilities.

The HGV Training Centre is the most well known company offering all types of driver training in the UK. In addition to training you for horseboxes and horsebox trailers, we can also provide caravan training. Commercial drivers can attend our courses to receive training for LGVs, coaches and buses, PCVs, articulated lorries, heavy equipment and forklift trucks.

We offer comprehensive training programs that help you every step of the way – from completing your medical to passing your theory test to learning your practical skills. We employ a very fast-paced and intense approach because we believe it is the best way to prepare you for your tests. But don’t worry; our approach does work. We have a 97% first-time pass rate for the HGV theory test.

If you are interested in learning how to transport horses safely, we encourage you to get in touch with us today. Classes are constantly forming at one of our 45 facilities nationwide. We’ll have you behind the wheel in no time at all.


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