….and sees a big demand for horse pallets

Van Riemsdijk has seen a big surge in demand in the last year or so for horse pallets, with airlines around the world gearing up to cope with anincrease in this type of traffic. “With the global economy booming, horse racing seems to be peaking,” says Thijs van Riemsdijk, sales director at the Dutch container […]


Van Riemsdijk has seen a big surge in demand in the last year or so for horse pallets, with airlines around the world gearing up to cope with anincrease in this type of traffic.

“With the global economy booming, horse racing seems to be peaking,” says Thijs van Riemsdijk, sales director at the Dutch container manufacturer. “Demand is coming from right across the globe, from America to Europe to Asia.” Customers include Japan Airlines and various Middle Eastern carriers.

Acknowledged experts in the area, van Riemsdijk unveiled a revamped horse container range late last year, including a number of improvements designed to promote animal welfare. For example, its horse containers now have thicker floors, so the horses cannot feel the rollers beneath. They also have better noise insulation, fewermoving parts, and are easy to repair.

The company has also improved on its pioneering collapsible horse container, first introduced in 1996. The latest model collapses to a height of 41 centimetres, as opposed to 29 centimetres for its predecessor, meaning only four can be got onto a lower deck position as opposed to five previously. But Thijs van Riemsdijk says the new version has many welfare improvements, including a greater wall thickness, and a steel divider between groom and horse. “It is altogether a different proposition – much stronger,and much easier to use,” he says.