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post #1 of 58 Old 07-03-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Is a truck and trailer necessary if you own a horse?

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I'm curious to know what everyone thinks: Is it necessary to own a truck and trailer if you own a horse? Recently I've been putting together some expense schedules for owning a horse (accountant here) and it doesn't seem TOO bad... Until I add in the truck and trailer. Most likely I'd buy that new (talking $20,000+), since it's not economical to have two vehicles even if one is used (two insurance plans and so forth) and I was going to buy a new car before too long anyhow.

On one hand the barn I'm going to start leasing at (and eventually boarding at) is adjacent to a HUGE government owned park where I can ride. But even so, that may get tiring and I may want to hit the trails elsewhere.

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post #2 of 58 Old 07-03-2013, 10:11 PM
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No a truck and trailer is not a necessity for owning a horse. However it makes life a lot easier if you have an outfit - emergency trips to the vet, spur of the moment trips, etc. If you're just starting to lease, I suspect you can by without one for awhile until you figure out your needs.
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post #3 of 58 Old 07-03-2013, 10:21 PM
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Absolutely not! Most people with horses don't own a trailer, if they need their animals hauled, they hire someone. However if you want to show, go to different trails, go to lessons someplace different, it sure is handy. Of course for emergencies, its nice as well, but most vets make farm calls.
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post #4 of 58 Old 07-03-2013, 10:24 PM
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In short: no.

Slightly longer: not so long as you know someone who does in case of emergency vet needs.

Longest: having a horse is a luxury to start with, having a truck and trailer is another layer of luxury on top of that. It's nice, it's convenient, and I LOVE having them, but it's certainly not mandatory to take proper care or enjoy riding/horses. I drive a Tacoma- it's rated to safely tow my 2H BP trailer, though somewhat underpowered compared to 'ideal.' That was where the balance came out when it's also my daily driver and I don't usually tow more then every other month or so.
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I've owned horses for 10 years. I've never had a truck or trailer. Vets come to the horse, and if I want to go anywhere, I rent a trailer. I would LOVE to have one, just so I could pop my horse in and go for a day trip to the beach, but it is certainly not necessary.
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Like others have said, it's not really a necessity, but it's sure nice to have one if you ever do need it.

I would at least make sure you've got a friend that you can borrow one from in an emergency.

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In short: no. I drive a Tacoma- it's rated to safely tow my 2H BP trailer, though somewhat underpowered compared to 'ideal.' That was where the balance came out when it's also my daily driver and I don't usually tow more then every other month or so.
This sounds like it'd be good for me too. I looked that up and the base model is 17.5k. Nice! Something fuller would probably be closer to 25k, even just for the base cab. But then there's that argument that you should ALWAYS tow horses with a full size truck. Most of the time I'd probably just be towing one horse - though occasionally two. Can you tow two with your Tacoma?
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I really don't have an opinion in a boarded horse situation. Especially if trails is your interest.
But I'd think in that situation a truck and trailer would be less mandatory.

That being said, I think if you have horses at home and plan to show, it's almost a must have.

We bought an older truck and a stock trailer (sure it's not fancy enough for some) and have had horses behind it atleast weekly. Usually more. For your 20k budget, you could buy my truck and trailer and insure/tag both for a loooooong time.

A luxury? Maybe, but round our place we have three trailers, 5 trucks and a car. When ya need em ya need em. And their there, no fuss no muss.

Guess I'm saying you'll probly be fine without, but will enjoy the freedom of owning em.
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Until I add in the truck and trailer. Most likely I'd buy that new (talking $20,000+), since it's not economical to have two vehicles even if one is used (two insurance plans and so forth) and I was going to buy a new car before too long anyhow.
Sorry, but your economic calculations are just plain wrong there. It's far cheaper to buy an older truck for occasional hauling (including horses), and an economical car for daily driving.

But as I have often said, if you buy all the horse-related stuff, they should just throw in the horse for free
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This sounds like it'd be good for me too. I looked that up and the base model is 17.5k. Nice! Something fuller would probably be closer to 25k, even just for the base cab. But then there's that argument that you should ALWAYS tow horses with a full size truck. Most of the time I'd probably just be towing one horse - though occasionally two. Can you tow two with your Tacoma?
The Tacoma I have is rated to 6900lbs (2011 v6, tow package). I try to stay WELL under that as a safety factor. My trailer is 2600lbs empty, so I figure two horses and a thousand pounds of gear still gives me more than an extra 1000lbs of safety factor. Make sure my trailer brakes are working properly, my weight distro/sway hitch is hooked up properly and I've never had the least issue or felt unsafe doing so. My gas mileage goes down the tubes, but hey, it's the price I'm willing to pay. Some people tell me I need a bigger truck, and if I was hauling even weekly, I might agree, but this works for me, especially since 9/10 it's just my single horse.
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