THE BUFFER ZONE
The Bar Buffer is available in single and double width lengths and for different types of trailers:
- Single width: £35 (Two for £65) + p&p
- Double width: £52 + p&p
- Mare/Foal width: £42 + p&p
Please email me to order.
The Bar Buffer is intended to cushion the horse against the hard feel of a breast bar in horsebox and trailer transport during braking and gear changes, and to reduce any bruising and irritation this causes. Your horse should be more comfortable when travelling as a result.
The Buffer is made from durable, thick and dense materials, with a washable cover. It fits over your existing bar and the cover is fastened with robust Velcro.
The Bar Buffer can also be used at the rear especially for horses that have experienced a problem with the back bar.
The Bar Buffer was developed following the results of a research project I carried out on behalf of BARTA and Intelligent Horsemanship* which revealed that horses were inclined to jump or attempt to jump the breast bar in all types of horse transport including front facing trailers. My own work as a trainer also revealed that horses were less likely to want to load once the front bar was put in position. I came to the conclusion that horses were experiencing significant discomfort when coming up against the bars, which are usually hard, narrow, and unforgiving, and for some time I have been advising owners to pad their front bar in some way. Existing products on the market were totally inadequate as the foam provided was too thin to make any difference to the comfort of the horse.
I would be grateful for any feedback about this product and whether you feel that it has made any difference to your horse’s willingness to load, and his ability to travel comfortably. You can read some testimonials here.
FITTING YOUR BAR BUFFER
- Remove the cover from the Bar Buffer whilst fitting it to your bar.
- Work the padding slowly over the bar itself, if necessary bracing the other end against the floor.
- Replace the cover once fitted.
*An Initial Review of Horse Transport Safety by The British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association in partnership with Intelligent Horsemanship, published November, 2015. Further research is ongoing.