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        01-30-2012, 03:22 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by With Grace    
    I don't own a horse trailer, but I trailer a boat...have you ever towed anything before? Not trying to be snarky, but its a whole new ball game. When towing, you must drive like you would if it were snowing and icy. Trucks react completely different with 2000 or more pounds behind it. Your ten hour trip is going to be a 15 hour trip towing anything behind you. Id pay someone to trailer your horse unless youve had a lot of towing experience.
    Ditto that and further to it:

    Hauling a boat or a race car is NOT the same as hauling live weight that can sway the trailer.

    I hauled my horses from the East Coast to the West Coast, then back five years later.

    Mr. WTW hauled one of the cars. He's a fantastic driver and race car driver -howeverrrr, never on this lush green earth will he pull my horses while I'm still alive. Not even 22 miles to the vet clinic. I cannot get it thru his head that he can't take tight curves anywhere near as fast with horses in a trailer as he can with his race car on his hauler.

    Coming back to Tennessee in 2003, I blew the driver's side rear tire on my truck, on the OKLA City by-pass, at rush hour, in the fast lane, going 75 MPH These tires only had 3,000 miles on them but they had sat in the California Desert sun for five years and weren't near as healthy as I thought they were

    I had three horses in an open stock bumper pull. The kids were in the two Ryder Trucks and Mr. WTW was in his dually.

    ONLY by the Grace of a Higher Power's guidance on that steering wheel did I get that truck across all the lanes, onto the right berm, slowed down and limped off the off-ramp without flipping us over. I have an old Heavy 3/4 GMC, ex-logger truck (not a dually) my tires are size 33's, which are way over-sized and very flippable.

    My horses are seasoned haulers and nobody panicked until we got stopped and the d**n traffic whizzed by us on the off ramp like we were having a picnic. We radioed for police to come and help but they never showed up either.

    Having something like that happen is rare. But the driver of the tow vehicle needs to capable of NOT going into a panic and letting go of the steering wheel. Needs to be able to make a snap judgement in the midst of interstate/by-pass/city traffic hopefully, without getting themselves and the rest of the world around them killed.

    A trip to Florida is not all 55 MPH county roads where nobody cares if you take your time. The time you spend on the interstate, you are expected to be a driver than can safely "go with the flow", even in the slow lane that "can't drive 55" either.

    In conclusion: My thought is to hire someone to haul your horse down if you can't start practising with an appropriately matched tow vehicle and trailer this weekend
         
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        01-30-2012, 08:18 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Ok I should mentioned I'm NOT the one driving! My dad or my brother will be both have hauled boats and jet skies before so they know what there doing! I didn't say we wouldn't practice hauling first! And the trip is not this weekend its not til APRIL! So i've got plenty of time to plan it. As of right now I don't even know if its going happen and the only reason I wanted to it is so I don't have to sit on the ground while my cousin rides her horse all around. It's bad enough I have watch doing everything with her horse that I can't or won't get to do with my horse. Also I know a 10 hour drive is a long one and if were to take shaggy we would proabaly only go half way. One more thing I don't have the money yo hire someone to drive shaggy down there.
         
        01-30-2012, 08:34 PM
      #13
    Trained
    So you already have a trailer then? They should know how to pull it right?
         
        01-30-2012, 08:38 PM
      #14
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by shaggy    
    ok I should mentioned I'm NOT the one driving! My dad or my brother will be both have hauled boats and jet skies before so they know what there doing! I didn't say we wouldn't practice hauling first! And the trip is not this weekend its not til APRIL! So i've got plenty of time to plan it. As of right now I don't even know if its going happen and the only reason I wanted to it is so I don't have to sit on the ground while my cousin rides her horse all around. It's bad enough I have watch doing everything with her horse that I can't or won't get to do with my horse. Also I know a 10 hour drive is a long one and if were to take shaggy we would proabaly only go half way. One more thing I don't have the money yo hire someone to drive shaggy down there.
    So then what advice were you looking for? Your first three posts made it sound like you know nothing about trailering, need to buy one, and needed information asap...
         
        01-30-2012, 08:43 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Shaggy-my DH , sons and entire family tows boats, jet skis, drive RV's towing vehicles.....but I would NEVER, EVER let them tow my horse. It is entirely different. And if you disagree you could very well get where you are going just fine, but have a horse traumatized by the trailer.

    I have driven short distances for years-just brought myself to tow 6 -7 hours alone this year. Let me tell you-it is not easy. And-I have the luxury of not going unless the stars are totally aligned, so to speak. Weather has to be perfect. Shoot-a friend and I who have both towed a good amount are taking her horse to the trainer this week and have to go around the great Lakes-known for gusty winds. Our trip will be planned around the weather.

    Do yourself a favor-don;t get too confident. Listen to what people are telling you.
         
        01-30-2012, 08:43 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Sorry, just re-read your original post, that's what I get for doing this at work! You wrote you needed to "buy" a trailer. Hate to break this to you, that's going to cost oodles more than hiring a pro-hauler, much, much more. Needless to say, you don't have the coin for that, you don't have near enough for a trailer either.
         
        01-30-2012, 08:44 PM
      #17
    Banned
    You also want to take note of what type of trailer you get. Dad's truck might haul boats and jet ski's great, but a steel horse trailer might be a different story. So find out how much weight the truck is rated for first. You might have to look for a lighter weight aluminium trailer rather then a steel one.

    I own a big ol' truck and a big ol' goose neck trailer and have hauled it myself and it's terrifying. I almost always make either my trainer or my husband do it for me, depending on who's available.
         
        01-30-2012, 08:53 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by With Grace    
    So then what advice were you looking for? Your first three posts made it sound like you know nothing about trailering, need to buy one, and needed information asap...
    I meant I knew nothing about what to with the horse tying him what he needs in the trailer with him and food and stuff
         
        01-30-2012, 08:57 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    Sorry, just re-read your original post, that's what I get for doing this at work! You wrote you needed to "buy" a trailer. Hate to break this to you, that's going to cost oodles more than hiring a pro-hauler, much, much more. Needless to say, you don't have the coin for that, you don't have near enough for a trailer either.
    yeah I know it will but its something we've been talking about doing anyway since as of right there is no way to get the horses off the property if we needed to take them to vet or something and don't know yell at me for this. The trailer that was there was owned by the really nice in laws of my ex trainers and the ex trainer sold the trailer without telling them. But to be honest I don't think I would have wanted my horse in that old thing anyway lol
         
        01-30-2012, 09:00 PM
      #20
    Started
    Your dad or bro is going to do the trailering so that's done, and your dad or bro has the truck set up for heavy hauls and your trailer of choice should be a 2 horse one with a normal hitch set up, unless you have or want a tack room on it then it should be a goose neck, not to sure on the trailering so I found this video.
         

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