It's an innovative mobile service, a horsebox with a unique design that creates a private meeting space for equine assisted interventions in care homes and hospices and simply as a way to talk safely.
It has a lifting platform for easy wheelchair access which means riders can mount easily, so they can ride in the countryside or at competitons.
We have designed in bio-security features & adjusted our service approach to work within Covid 19 guidelines.
Visits to care homes and hospices
Horses are a central part of rural life, so we bring them to visit care home / hospice residents so they can enjoy special conversations. The vehicle has been specially designed to give a warm, private living space overlooked by two horses. Wheelchairs are lifted up on a substantial hydraulic platform. through a wide door at the back. The space is easy to clean, making it as bio-secure as possible.
We can transport your own horses for private bookings or provide suitable ones for open visits.
Rides in special places
One of the limiting factors preventing people with disabilities from the joy of riding in the countryside is having the facility to get safely on and off the horse. To solve this we have a hydraulic lifting platform which is wide enough for a wheelchair user and two assistants and is high enough to make it easy to transfer onto the horse.... and ride away!
The living area is heated and has a loo, washing facilities and simple food / hot drink preparation area to make it a comfortable base for the day.
Support for para-equestrians in open events
The horsebox can be booked to support riders with disabilities to compete in open competitions.
Attending events to highlight accessibility issues
As part of it's fundraising, the Happiness Horsebox can be booked to pop up in village hall car parks, at race meetings , equestrian events, festivals.... Please invite us!
Professional horse transportation service
The Happiness Horsebox will be licensed and insured as a professional horse transporter so that it can take horses from a wide range of places to support our participants. It meets high testing standards and all of our drivers are HGV qualified and hold up to date CPC cards. In some situations it can take private horses to events as a means of subsidising our costs.
Due to travel costs and time constraints, the horsebox will mainly operate in a 40 mile radius of M4 J15 (Swindon) in 2021. It is not available for self drive hire, or for travel out of the UK.