Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
I think probably because of the roads we drive on over here and the laws on driving trailers.
With a car or 4x4 the most you can tow is 3.5 tons fully laden and only if you passed your test pre 1997, if you passed after 1997 then you have to take a very difficult test to enable you to tow more then 750kg. Which kind of limits the size of your trailers, trailers with living are expensive, rare and need a serious tow car to pull it. You also pay a LOT of tax on tow cars, in the region of £200 a year in tax for one. If you have to run it all year then it gets very very expensive on fuel as well. Fuel is currently £1.40 per litre here and your average 4x4 will cost £100 to fill up and need filling up at least once a week.
So it makes sense to have a lorry here, it costs me less in tax (about £100 a year), it does the same mpg as my mums 4x4, it has full luxury living. If you passed your test pre 1997 you can drive a lorry up to 7.5 ton, after 1997 and it is a separate test but it is far easier then the trailer test. I Run a small efficient other car (smart car) that costs me nothing in fuel (costs £25 to fill from being on the reserve) and nothing in tax (litteraly nothing because it is so efficient).
I either have hay delivered or I take my lorry and load it up, the horse area of the lorry is very good for carying loads, I used it to move house!
The set ups for horses here are generaly smaller. I wouldnt use a car to take hay to the horses on any of the yards I have ever been on/seen as it is a short walk with a wheel barrow.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT