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        10-09-2013, 09:16 AM
    Alex, we missed you.
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        10-09-2013, 09:59 AM
    Have a question. I'm going this Saturday to look at a new facility to board my horse. I'm not happy where I am. Is there anything specifically that I should look for, as far as red flags or anything. I know I'll check out the other horses there etc..but is there something that people normally don't think to look at that I should be?
        10-09-2013, 02:50 PM
    Originally Posted by NickerMaker71    
    Oooo, forgot to mention.....this weekend is my trip to QH Congress!!! I've been wanting to go since I was there as a child! Woohoo!
    I would like to go too! My mare Winning Wisely won the Junior Trail in 2010 but also then, I had no time to go to the Congress (she went with her trainer). I have been there just once in the 90', and still remember it. It's even better than the World Championships in OKC.
    Please excuse my enthusiasm.
    Have fun Nicker!
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        10-09-2013, 06:06 PM
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    Originally Posted by AlexS    
    Hi all missed you all.

    I mainly kept up on my phone, until about a week ago til I went on vacation. Hope everyone is doing well.

    Let the games begin.

    I know all say it together so Alex dose not feel alone. Shuddup Stan
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        10-09-2013, 06:22 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by NickerMaker71    
    Welcome back Alex!

    As for the trailer....questions I should ask the owner. I guess one if it has electric brakes...

    Here's some others I was thinking.....

    How old is the wooden floor?
    Do the lights/brakes work?
    Why are you selling?
    Do you have the title in hand?
    How many miles on the tires?

    Questions for you all.....

    Would I want a dressing room? Not sure to what extent I will be using it....never thought I would be here last here.....
    How do I know if the axels are good?

    Is it better to just wait and buy our truck and look for a trailer then too? (We know what we want in a truck...just saving cash.)

    Would my moms Nissan xterra pull this thing? We were going to share. She needs it for her goats. We would split the cost.

    What else to I need to consider?

    Thank you everyone for everything!!!!. I haven't told you all lately how much I appreciate this thread! I do, I do!!!

    Have a GREAT HUMP day all!!!!
    As Rick has said, he has covered it well. I'll add climb under the float and have a good look for rust in the beams. Tyres, bearings, can be replaced but the electric brakes make sure thay work, that's expensive.

    Also check if the brakes are on 4 wheels or just two. Fare better stopping power on 4.

    The thing that kills horse floats in NZ is rust in the chassis or rust in general. When I brought my new float the first thought was to rust, and what could rust, the second was the brakes, then the over all build and strength. However I am looking at it for New Zealand conditions.

    As for the price in NZ that float would have been snapped up and repaired. As Rick has mentioned $2000 a good place to start and in NZ a **** good buy. I let my old one go for $5000 and it was not a patch on the one you are looking at. Mine needed a complete new skin and the chassis was not galvinsied against rust.

    Happy hunting.

    Have a great hump day, that one gets me, and I have said it to my collegues at work with a response I can not repeat. They are all women and thought I was being a little over the line. It has a different meaning in NZ :)
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        10-09-2013, 07:01 PM
    "Let The Games Begin" indeed..welcome back Alex! Happy Hump Day to everyone, & all that that implies. My Hump Day, however, is Thursday, so I don't get one, really. Haven't for quite a long time. Guess I'm screwed (did I just get in trouble?).

    I had my review today. Doing wonderful, except for my burn-out w/medicals. Not much wage increase, as the usual 3% has been axed by Big Admin, for all departments.

    Yissy, I don't have much experience, but if it was me, I'd look @ the people, & how they interact w/their horse(s); I.e, are they treated as "performance machines" or as compatriots in activity? That's just would say alot about the general bent of the stable, in attitude. As for the practicals, listen to the friends here, they know bunches & bunches.
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        10-09-2013, 07:18 PM
    Yissy: your Clyde's face (what is his name?)reminds me a bit of my instructor "Tommy". Here's a pic of him:
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        10-09-2013, 07:20 PM
    Tommy is Indian Paint, but there's Clyde in there. He's 15 hands, but big-boned w/big feet..& there's that long head.
        10-09-2013, 09:15 PM
    Hey everyone!

    Yissy, I would pay attention to the condition of the stalls. Are they clean? Adequate bedding? What is the turnout situation? How many horses per field. Are there run in sheds or trees for shelter? Those are just the first few things that popped into my head.

    Tj, enjoy your hump day tomorrow.

    Stan, so glad we have been able to teach you a little bit of US lingo..just enough to get you in trouble. about coincidences. Hubby and I are thinking about buying our first trailer too! We want to start riding off property. A facebook friend has a Rice trailer for sale. It is $2800 or best offer. I am thinking of offering $2500 if it really is as good as it looks. Supposedly it has new brakes, wiring, floor, axle, and tires and fresh paint. I have heard good things about Rice trailers. You don't see many of them here in the US..they are a UK brand. Anyone have any experience with them? I love the fact it has a full size door in the front left so the horses never have to back out. Here is a pic.
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        10-09-2013, 09:16 PM
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