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    10-21-2008, 01:34 PM
Smaller vehicles CAN work for pulling a 2 horse trailer...the problem comes when trying to stop with a smaller truck (s-10's, dodge dakota's etc) They have the muscle to pull it but you need to have a truck that can STOP it too.

I suggest for a 2-4 horse trailer, at least a 1/2 ton full sized truck. (this includes full size suv's as Suburbans/Tahoes(chevy/gmc) and Excursions/Expeditions(ford).)

I would also have trailer brakes for anything larger than a 2 horse trailer.

I air on the side of caution when hauling live animals. I have hauled a heavy car trailer with our Jeep Cherokee....but as I said earlier, a heavy trailer will push around a smaller vehicle.

What kind of trailer do you have and how many horses are you transporting??? That would help us make better recomendations.
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    10-21-2008, 02:12 PM
Green Broke
6500 lbs loaded 2H trailer

Haul it with a 2005 gmc yukon 1/4 ton
    10-21-2008, 06:49 PM
It really depends on the trailer. Our old trailer was a 2 horse straight load bp with no tack room. It was pretty light weight so I could pull it with a 1/2 ton truck or SUV.
The trailer we have now is still a 2 horse straight load bp but it has a small living quarters in it with a 40 gallon water tank plus waste and grey water tanks and a hot water heater AC unit not to mention the living stuff like toilet shower and beds. . Its pretty heavy I could really use a full 1 ton truck but I pull it with a 3/4 ton heavy duty with towing package. Plus I use a weight distribution hitch, antisway bars and spring stops.
Here is a sort of photo. Sorry its the only one I have on the computer right now. You just have to look past the horse. We always run with the water and waste tanks empty and fill them when we get were we're going to keep the weight down but still its pretty heavy.
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    10-21-2008, 11:58 PM
Trailer brakes -- definitely!! Makes a huge difference.

I have a 3/4 ton Chevy 6.5 diesel. I love it. I drive it to work all week and then I have it for whatever else I need. I only pull a small 2-horse trailer, but through experience, I know it would haul a 4 horse gooseneck no problem. The diesel is what makes the difference. I will never, ever, own a gas vehicle for pulling anything.
    10-22-2008, 10:31 PM
I don't have a trailer yet, Im just "shopping around" seeing whats out there and consider options. Thanks for all the input!

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