For the last few years, I've had to rely on paying friends gas money to go together to Pony Club rallies, horse trials, schooling days, etc. My mom works a lot (6 days a week, sometimes 12 hour days) and I can't bring myself to ask her to give up her day off to drive the trailer on Sundays.
However, I have my license now, and things are a bit different. I've maneuvered the trailer (both the BP horse trailer and the 20 ft long flatbed with 8 ft sides) on a weekly basis when I need to move things around, I guide my mom when we do trailer out, and I've driven the truck around enough to have a good feeling for where every inch of it is on the road. It would be hugely beneficial for me to learn to tow on the roads.
My mom is very open to the idea, as are my dad and stepmother, and I would like to start practicing sans horse later this summer with the goal of trailering solo next season to shows.
At what age did you start trailering your own horses? Do you think it's reasonable for a 16 year old to learn to drive the trailer and trailer alone by next year?