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Do horses travel better in the dark?

posted 16 Dec 2016, 13:22 by Jane Rudge   [ updated 16 Dec 2016, 13:38 ]

As the days are getting shorter, many of you will find that you are having to travel in the dark and so the question arises, do horses travel better in the dark?

In a recent horse and hound article, showjumper Tim Stockdale stated “When you are travelling at night, you should have a light on, but it shouldn’t be a bright light.” He then goes on to say, “We’ve got soft, ambient red lights that automatically come on in the horse section when I turn my headlights on. It means that the streetlights and passing car headlights don’t affect the horses so much. The sudden flash of light can frighten some horses so a nice ambient light lessens that.”

Dressage rider Spencer Wilton also adds that “when you eventually stop to unload them, they aren’t suddenly thrown into bright light when you pull the ramp down.”

At JET Horsebox Hire, our box has been manufactured and designed by BOSS Horseboxes for a low stress and high level of comfort and safety for your horse. The interior is light and airy with high level lighting, including a special travel light.

As you can see from the images below, the interior lights also make it easy to load and unload your horse in the dark.


To read more about the article in the Horse and Hound please see the link below: