Horse Deaths After Horsebox Breakdown Raises Questions
Horse & Hound|September 09, 2021
A recent tragic event amplifies concerns among horsebox owners about what to do when a breakdown occurs
Becky Murray

Equestrians have been reminded what to do in the event of a breakdown on the road following recent tragic events.

On 24 August, Nick Gauntlett’s stallion Party Trick and three horses belonging to Sophie Hulme died when Nick’s broken-down horsebox was hit by a lorry on the A9. Following this, concerns have been raised on social media about what to do when a breakdown occurs – especially when this happens on a road without a hard shoulder or on a smart motorway.

Chris Facer, Equine Rescue Services’ (ERS) network and business development manager, told H&H that horsebox owners should check vehicles before setting off, and ensure they have equine-specific breakdown cover in place, but said there will always be “the unforeseen or unexpected incident”.

In the event of a breakdown, ERS recommends switching on hazard warning lights and side lights if it’s dark or daylight is fading, and placing a warning triangle approximately 45 metres behind the vehicle to give other drivers time to react. However, this guidance differs if you are on a motorway or major road.

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