Our understanding team have over 60 years’ experience in the insurance market, giving them extensive knowledge of the products and services we offer. testing

Why do I need Horsebox Insurance?

As with all motor vehicles, it is a legal requirement for you to insure your horsebox.

With the roads becoming busier and with precious cargo on board, it’s important to provide a safe environment within your control for driver, horsebox and horse.

Horsebox insurance can usually come with breakdown cover which can prevent lengthy delays on potentially dangerous roads. Some policies can also offer cover for any drivers over 25 so if anything were to happen to you, a friend could drive the horsebox in your place. 


What level of cover do I need for my Horsebox Insurance?



Comprehensive is the highest level cover option but gives you the greatest cover. This type of cover pays out for damages to your horsebox and any third party vehicle involved if it’s a valid claim.

Comprehensive usually protects your vehicle against other damages such as if your horse were to kick and break anything on the horsebox, vandalism and windscreen repairs.

As with all policies, it is wise to check what cover you are looking for in the first instance and ensure whichever policy you opt for, that you are happy that your requirements are met. 

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Comprehensive horsebox insurance

Comprehensive horsebox insurance

Third Party, Fire and Theft

This type of cover is for any third party damage caused by your vehicle. If your vehicle is a target of arson/ accidental fire damage or is stolen, you would be able to claim for damages caused to your vehicle.

However if you were liable for causing damage to another party, only their vehicle would be covered, damages to your vehicle would not be covered.  

Third Party Only

Third Party only is the lowest level of cover out of the three options available to you. This level of cover only covers the other party if you were to have an accident and it was your fault.

This type of cover will not pay out for damages to your own vehicle and would not pay out for any malicious acts such as arson or theft.

Please note that none of the three cover options above protect the horse against injury, you will need to have separate Horse Insurance for that.


Can I insure any type of Horsebox?

It’s important to consider what cover you require and be clear as to what category of driver you are and the activity you are using the horsebox for.

If you are using the horsebox for business use, this must be declared at the time of quoting. If you are unsure as to what constitutes business use, please give us a call on 01480 220089 and chat through your options with one of our friendly team.

With all of the policies we arrange, we encourage you to give us a call on 01480 220089 with any questions you may have. No query is too small or large, we’re here to help you find the best protection for you, your horsebox and your horse.

Horsebox insurance

Horsebox insurance

Horseboxes we insure:

Here are a few of the most popular horseboxes we insure:

  • Equi-Trek
  • Ifor Williams
  • Alexanders
  • Empire
  • Equimark
  • Tristar
  • Ascot
  • Many more…

Here are some of the types of vehicles we can arrange insurance for:

  • 3.5t Horseboxes
  • Volkswagen
  • Renault Master
  • Ford Transit
  • Citroen Relay
  • Mann
  • Volvo
  • Leyland Daf
  • Many more…


Don’t worry if you can’t see your horsebox make in the list above, these are only a select few of the many we insure.

To get a quote for your horsebox either give us a call on 01480 220089, or complete the ‘request a quote’ form and our horse insurance team will be more than happy to talk you through a quote and all available benefits.


Why choose Equesure?

We frequently review our panel of insurers to negotiate the best rates for our clients without the need for a no claims bonus, so whatever your transportation needs, we’ll aim to keep you well protected.

Equesure also arrange cover for trailers, more information on trailer insurance can be found here.

Horsebox Insurance Features & Benefits can include:*

  • Comprehensive and third party, fire and theft
  • Cover for social, domestic and leisure
  • Business use available
  • Limited mileage offers
  • No claims bonus not required
  • Windscreen cover on comprehensive policies
  • Personal accident cover available on all comprehensive policies
  • Driver aged 17+
  • Values up to £750,000
  • Legal cover available with all policies
  • EU cover included on all policies
  • Breakdown cover including vehicle and horse recovery

*Policy benefits and features offered may vary between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. 

How much does Horsebox Insurance cost?

The cost of insuring your horsebox varies with the level of cover chosen and driver requirements. With Equesure, we can arrange a fully bespoke policy which can protect you and your transport at a level and cost that you’re happy with.

Because Equesure arrange bespoke insurance policies, it's difficult to give a guide on horsebox insurance prices.

To receive a quote, please fill in the online form requesting a call back or give one of our specialists a call on 01480 220089 and we'd be pleased to help in any way we can. 


How to get a Horsebox Insurance quote

Getting a horsebox insurance quote is simple with Equesure, either give us a call on 01480 220089, or complete the ‘request a quote’ form and our horsebox insurance team will be more than happy to talk you through a quote and all available benefits.


What will you use it for?

First you need to think about your reasons for buying a horsebox.

    • Are you looking for an easy way to transport your horse to the vets?
    • Do you want to take part in occasional local shows or meets?
    • Perhaps you’re a serious or professional rider who needs a comfortable space, large enough for you and your horses to travel in for weeks at a time during competitions?


Do you want to take your horses abroad?

Buying a horsebox is also a long-term investment, so you may want to think about the future as well as right now. Do you plan to become professional? Can you see yourself buying more than one horse in the future? Buying a horsebox that is ‘future-proofed’ may mean a larger outlay now so you can save down the line.

Once you’ve figured out your most likely use for the horsebox, it will be easier to narrow down the most suitable vehicles. But before you set your heart on a particular model, you’ll need to check whether you can legally drive it.


What type of horsebox can I drive?

If you’re driving a horsebox with a gross vehicle weight of up to 3.5 tonnes, you can drive it on a category B licence, which is an ordinary car licence. A horsebox weighing between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes requires the driver to have a category C1 licence, if they passed their driving test after 1st January 1997 they will automatically gain this through grandfather rights.

Anything over 7.5 tonnes requires you to have a category C or a C + E if you are going for a really big lorry. Finally, if you are opting for a trailer behind your car then you may need to take your B + E if you passed after 1st January 1997.

There may be additional licences you need if you want to tow a trailer behind your horsebox due to the larger weight of the vehicles. See the Government’s website for more information on the types of licences and how to upgrade.

Remember it’s not only about driving your horsebox – you need to be able to safely manoeuvre and park it, too.

You’ll also want somewhere safe and convenient to store it, away from the elements. If you can’t securely store the horsebox on your own land, you may have to pay a storage fee somewhere else, and these costs can quickly mount up.

Secure storage for your investment is vital, though, as horseboxes can be prime targets for thieves, especially in rural areas.


Should you buy new or secondhand?

Whether you have a stallion, mare or gelding, horse ownership can be a very expensive hobby, so you may be tempted to buy a horsebox second hand.

There are pros and cons to consider for buying new and secondhand. Buying new means that you’ll benefit from the manufacturer’s warranty, the horsebox will be in tip-top condition and you’ll have a salesman to go back to if anything goes wrong.

But then again, your initial outlay will be more and the risk of it getting stolen may be higher, which may push up horsebox insurance costs.

If this is your first horsebox, buying second-hand will mean you’ll be able to get a lot more for your money. But you’ll need to check the vehicle’s history and whether it’s got any outstanding finance still remaining. Remember, too, that you won’t get as much for it when you come to sell it on.

When looking at second-hand horseboxes to buy, always remember to check the vehicle’s registration plate, vehicle type, colour, engine size and chassis number with the V5C log book.

The Horse Exchange has shared a handy 14-point checklist of things to look out for when buying a used horsebox. Some of the most important things include:

  • Look for rust, damp or rot on the ramp and in the horse’s area.
  • Check the engine isn’t leaking oil.
  • Check the lights, horn and dashboard indicators are all in working order.
  • Check the tyres and the tread depth.
  • Check it will be able to carry everything you need within the maximum weight allowed – people, horses, tack, fuel, equine equipment and so on.
  • Take it for a test drive so you can feel the handling and get used to the size.


Is it right for your horse?

Even though all the vehicle checks we’ve talked about are essential, the most important thing to ask is ‘is this horsebox right for my horse?’

You’ll want your horse to be safe, comfortable and secure when travelling on the road, arriving fresh at the other end and ready to ride.

Think about horseboxes with padding around the walls, remove any sharp edges that a horse could hurt itself on during transit, and make sure there are sturdy partitions in place if you’re transporting two or more horses at once. 


Protect your investment with horsebox insurance

Today’s roads are busier than ever, which means increased risk, especially for larger vehicles like horseboxes.

That’s why having the right horsebox insurance in place is so crucial. Here at Equesure, we can offer Comprehensive, Third Party, Fire and Theft, and Third Party Only cover for a competitive price.

With over 60 years of experience in the insurance market, our team of specialists know how to find you the right horsebox insurance for your needs.

Equesure can find cover for all types of motorised horseboxes, from 3.5 tonnes to HGVs worth up to £750,000.

Remember to tell our team if you’re using the horsebox for business purposes. Not sure? Talk to one of our specialists today and they’ll help you find the right cover for you.

Get a quote for horsebox insurance today.


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