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        10-04-2012, 10:00 AM
      #11
    Trained
    The few friends I meet up with for the rare ride together board elsewhere, and they'd almost always have to pass our destination if they were to come scoop us up. I wanted to be able to get about without relying on others too.

    I just have a hard time enjoying myself with most people. They usually end up taking away from the event than adding to it. There's a few exceptions though.
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        10-04-2012, 10:22 AM
      #12
    Showing
    I'm more than happy to trailer another horse IF I don't have to drive miles out of my way to pick them up, the horse isn't going to kick my trailer and horse to smithereens, AND the human knows enough to offer at least half the gas money to get there and back.

    This is an expensive sport. Don't expect others to drag you and your horse back and forth without offering some sort of compensation.

    I don't lend my trailer except to a few very select people I know I can trust to return it in the same shape it left, and NEVER the truck. I don't lend my hauling vehicle, period.

    However, I will trailer a sick horse to the vet whose owner doesn't have their own rig and expect nothing in return. That's just being compassionate.
         
        10-04-2012, 10:45 AM
      #13
    Trained
    Emergencies are the exception. I'd gladly haul a horse to the vet or equine hospital. I admit that unless I knew what the problem was with the horse, I'd be concerned about contamination passing to my horse.
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        10-04-2012, 10:56 AM
      #14
    Showing
    Pressure wash the inside of the trailer after you get it home. That'll take care of any lingering nasties.
         
        10-04-2012, 11:05 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    I do not offer hauling other horses unless it is an emergency or on occasion if there is room and I want to be bothered hauling another horse to a ride. When I did not have a trailer I did not expect nor ask anyone to haul my horse. If they offered, great. I do not lend my truck and trailers out, period. I find it ballsy to be asked, which I have been and my answer was NO! If you can't afford a truck and trailer ever, then maybe one should reconsider the costs of owning a horse because that is part of it!
         
        10-04-2012, 11:07 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    What about liability when hauling someone else's horse?
         
        10-04-2012, 11:11 AM
      #17
    Foal
    I was wondering the same as goneriding. Personally, I've never owned a trailer... I was at a show barn and they hauled my horse, but now I am not.. so I never ask someone to haul a horse for me, I either rent a trailer and pull it with my SUV or I borrow one from a long time friend... but that's rare.
         
        10-04-2012, 11:27 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Yes, that's definitely a good way to get more horse friends

    I'm part of the trailer-less crowd and it sucks not being able to take my horse anywhere. I've let a few people know that if they ever need a trail riding buddy, I'd be happy to go with them, but I feel bad actually asking them to go on any particular day since it's so much more effort on their part.

    I keep thinking about trading in my coupe for something than can haul a 2 horse trailer, but I hate the idea of having a giant truck as my primary vehicle
         
        10-04-2012, 11:32 AM
      #19
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by verona1016    
    I keep thinking about trading in my coupe for something than can haul a 2 horse trailer, but I hate the idea of having a giant truck as my primary vehicle
    Once you go truck, you'll never go back.
         
        10-04-2012, 04:07 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Once you go truck, you'll never go back.

    THIS

    I went from PT Cruiser to a LIFTED F250. I feel WEIRD driving regular cars now and actually a little nervous. I'm so used to seeing OVER vehicles that when I look sideways in a car and a other car is RIGHT THERE I feel cramped.
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