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        06-29-2013, 10:00 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I just starting driving my trailer and I'm 20, but I know several people who started at 18 or younger. I think the biggest thing is just making sure you're comfortable with what you're doing, the more you drive the easier it gets obviously. Good luck!
         
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        06-29-2013, 10:09 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Providing that you are legally able to (here in Australia you wouldn't be able to tow a trailer with horses until you are atleast 19 and at a certain level of licensing) and you practice with a experienced driver for the first few times I say go for it!
         
        06-29-2013, 10:40 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    My kids started driving between ranches on paved and gravel at 14. They had driven before that on the place. At sixteen they could haul to the county seat, 35 miles away, and at 18 they had jobs that required interstate driving while pulling trailers. We don't have restrictions. We have personal responsibility to know when we are able.

    But... I also have a friend in her late 40s who is just now learning to drive a manual and has not pulled a trailer. Her other friends and I are starting her the same way. First on the ranch. Now, less traveled roads. Next, through town. Finally, long distances.
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        06-29-2013, 10:50 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    My daughter got her licence at about 16 and a half... I started having her drive the empty trailer when we went to pick up the horses immediately after that. After she'd done that a dozen times or so, I had her haul the horses WITH me to the fairgrounds. She drove even more carefully with them in than I do (and my kids say I drive like a grandma with horses in the trailer, had one fall once and never quite got over it), so it wasn't very long til she started hauling to the fairgrounds by herself. BUT that is not on any major roads, and there are no traffic signals, only one stop sign and a bunch of sharp corners that she slows way down for. At 18, she STILL hasn't hauled on the highway or freeway, and I'm not sure she'd be comfortable doing it. But if she thought she could, we'd probably practice empty first.
         
        06-29-2013, 10:51 PM
      #15
    Trained
    I started driving little trailers (Like flatbeds and such) at sixteen as soon as I got my license. About halfway through I started hauling my own horse in the little two-horse after that.
         
        06-29-2013, 11:03 PM
      #16
    Showing
    Thanks for the input. I know of other teens that drive trailers in Ohio and my dad's a lawyer and hasn't mentioned it being illegal, but I will call the BMV tomorrow to double check.
         
        06-29-2013, 11:11 PM
      #17
    Started
    I've been towing trailers since I was 16, and towing my horse in them from about 6 months after that. Here in NZ, you can tow a trailer at any license stage, provided you have your guardian with a full license in the passenger seat. As soon as I got my restricted license I was legally able to tow my horse on the roads.

    Now that I'm 18 and have a full license (albeit very newly) I tow my horse everywhere. The last show I took him too was an hour and a halfs drive out there, into no cellphone reception, up and down huge hills with tight corners... I'll be honest, I was scared out of my mind until I got through the first set of hills and tight turns, but after that it was ok.

    It really does depend on the law where you are though, and also what type of insurance you have, if any. Everything I drive that counts as a tow vehicle, is always fully insured, and so is the trailer I tow with, even though insurance isn't compulsory here.
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        07-02-2013, 03:37 PM
      #18
    Foal
    My dad, bless him, had the patience and trust in me to teach me to haul my horse at age 16. I followed his trailer hauling rules to the T. Never went over 55 mph. He knew how much respect I had for myself and my horse to where he knew I wasn't going to act stupidly or do anything to put myself or my horse in danger. I don't think every 16 year old should get that treatment because some just don't grasp that bad things can and do happen. I know someone who rolled her truck and trailer with a horse inside driving like an idiot.
         
        07-02-2013, 03:48 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Like others have said, it all depends on the laws of your state and the states where you will be hauling.

    That being said, since I grew up out in the boonies, it seems that I started most things younger than other folks.

    I started driving around the farm when I was around 5 or 6 (had several minor accidents...running into fences, putting dents in the barn, etc) but I learned how to drive and drive well. I took driver's ed when I was 14 and got my learner's permit the day I turned 15. That same day, I started driving the pickup and the 20 foot gooseneck that we would use to haul horses and dogs to check cattle. Of course, only having a learner's permit, I had to have a licensed adult with me, but I started hauling by myself when I was 16 and got my real license. I've never had an accident with a truck and trailer, though I've come close several times due to the stupidity of other drivers.
    Same here!
         
        07-05-2013, 11:19 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    If it's legal, go for it. As long as you take your time and drive defensively, you'll be fine. The biggest problem is backing up. Can you back yourself out of anywhere? If not, you need to make sure not to drive anywhere that you might have to back out of. Other than that, you should be good.
    I drive a full size F250, so it's bigger than my trailer, and heavier as well. My truck is about as wide as my trailer, so as long as I can fit my truck, my trailer will fit as well. This makes life easier for me, because the way I drive my truck every day is the same way I drive with the trailer. It's a little harder for someone who drives an SUV or smaller car/truck, as they have to turn/stop differently with the trailer.
         

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