Off To The Championships
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LIVING IN A HORSEBOX You’ve   finally   qualified   for   the   Summer   Championships. You’ve   done   your   best   to   work   out   how   to   fit   in   all   the   classes   from the   timetable,   you   know   the   stable   manager   and   the   guys   who   park   the   horseboxes   -   with   any   luck   this   is   going   to   be   your year. BEFORE YOU SET OFF The   trip   to   the   Championships   at   the   end   of   each   season   is   very   often   the   longest   journey   of   the   year,   that   coupled   with the   prospect   of   a   long   hot   summer   could   well   also   make   it   the   most   traumatic.   The   big   shows   are   always   the   most important. So make sure you get there with plenty of time to spare. Whilst   we   all   hope   it   will   never   happen,   our   records   show   that   every   horsebox   on   the   road   is   likely   to   experience   some form   of   difficulty   at   least   once   each   season.   Summer   is   our   busiest   period.   It   is   vital   that   horseboxes   and   trailers   are looked   after   correctly   during   the   summer   months;   more   breakdowns   occur   in   the   June   to   September   period   at   any   other time   of   the   year.   The   temperature   in   a   horsebox   or   trailer   can   get   to   unbearable   levels   and   horses   can   get   very   distressed while   waiting   at   the   roadside.      Just   a   couple   of      hours   spent   checking   your   vehicle   can   help   you   avoid   breakdowns   and accidents. Check all mirrors are intact and adjust them to suit your seating position and height Check your tyre pressure and tread before leaving Check all lights are working correctly Check you have enough fuel to get to the destination Check oil, water brake and clutch fluid Carry a fully charged mobile phone with phone charger and extra battery. Make sure you have the number for your breakdown organisation in the vehicle Make   sure   you   have   the   contact   number   of   either   a   family   member   or   a   friend      so   you   can   let   someone   know   what has happened. Always   plan   your   route   to   the   destination   before   you   leave   and   let   your   family   or   contact   know   the   route   you   will   be taking Carry extra water for both the vehicle and for your horses It is a good idea to carry spare hoses especially for the heater Make sure  that you have a spare fan belt Make   sure   that   you   always   check   your   tyre   pressure   and   tread.      When   the   weather   is   very   warm,   tyres   can   become excessively hot and more prone to blow outs - so remember to keep your speed down to a minimum Check the distilled water level in batteries get them fully charged and make sure the will hold the charge. On   a   showground,   constant   use   of   the   electrics   in   the   living   area   with   just   one   battery   would   almost   guarantee   your   lorry not   starting   at   the   end   of   the   show.      Make   sure   that   you   have   a   separate   living   accommodation   battery   to   the   battery   on your   lorry.   Get   someone   who   knows   about   auto   and   caravan   electrics   to   check   that   the   living   battery   is   charged   whilst   the horsebox   engine   is   running.   It   must   be   fitted   with   a   relay   similar   to   a   caravan   to   avoid   draining   the   vehicle   battery.   If   you have a generator that is even better and do remember that many showgrounds now allow you to hook-up to the mains. Check all bedding (human) is clean and dry Renew   any   gas   bottles   on   the   lorry.   Make   sure   you   carry   a   gas   spanner   and   always   remember   that   the   thread works the wrong way - clockwise to undo, anti-clockwise to tighten! Check that gas hoses are not leaking or perished Check the cooker works Check the water heater and pilot light Check any heating system is in order Fill the water tanks check the pump and taps. A couple of Milton tablets in the tanks will help keep them sterile. Check the fridge is working. Store   all   your   food   in   your   fridge   at   home,   turn   the   lorry   fridge   on   the   day   before   you   leave   and   fill   it   already   chilled. and remember to remove all unnecessary packaging so that it takes up less room. TRAVELING Some general tips for any-one traveling with children and horses to keep them safe while mobile. For   all   people   driving   a   horsebox   you   should   make   sure   that   all   doors   in   the   living   area   are   locked   and   secure   so   not   to open   while   traveling.      It   is   a   good   idea   to   fit   an   extra   bolt   high   up   on   external   doors   -   out   of   the   way   of   little   fingers!      If   you are   traveling   with   children   you   should   also   make   sure   that   they   are   wearing   seat   belts   and   are   seated   at   all   times   also keep windows closed to ensure safety for children and pets. Make   sure   all   gas   and   water   supplies   are   turned   off.   This   particularly   applies   to   the   pilot   light   on   the   fridge   if   you   go   into   a garage. Ensure   that   horses   are   safely   and   securely   tethered   when   traveling   and   have   ample   space   between   partitions   that   are secured   correctly.      Always   ensure   you   have   sufficient   food   and   water   for   your   horses   in   case   of   delays   caused   by   heavy traffic or breakdown Always carry a spare head collar and rope and make sure that the ramp is secured properly before leaving base. THE SHOW If   you   can   follow   most   of   these   suggestions,   you   stand   a   good   chance   that   the   only   surprise   will   be   a   championship   or   an evening   class,   but   even   then   don’t   get   caught   out.   Check   the   dress   code   for   the   rider   and   make   sure   you’ve   either   got   it   or can borrow it. Good Luck!