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    10-23-2011, 05:09 PM
  #11
Yearling
I don't use my trailer nearly as often as I thought I would (only a few times a year) but I am still glad I have it. - I board, and when I went in, they said that they were a bunch of trail riders. I would always be able to ride with the group/barn and wouldn't need a trailer. ...I went on 3 rides with the group in as many years! - Now that I have my own trailer, I can just load up and go withOUT relying on someone else!!
     
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    10-23-2011, 05:13 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Take care of it and it will last a long time. No reason you can't find a good 2 horse bumper pull that will last a while for a lot less than 5000, 2 to 3 should find you something pretty nice.
     
    10-23-2011, 09:24 PM
  #13
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Watch Craigs list, check local tack and feed stores and of course there is always Horse Trailer World- Used trailers for sale, New trailers for sale, trailer classified ads, trailer manufacturer news and more. When Leanne bought her's the ad was up at a local stable. Not sure where they all advertised it...make sure you also the word out to your friends so that they know you are looking too :)

I have a 4 horse 4Star gooseneck. I pull my trailer anytime from 2-3 x a week but always 1x a week the entire riding season. :) Good luck in your seach
     
    10-23-2011, 11:45 PM
  #14
Weanling
Thanks everyone for the advice! Anyone else out there, I welcome opinions.... And as of now, the search is on! Anyone know of a 2-3 horse slant BP, at least 7' tall, preferably with a ramp, somewhere near Phoenix and that the current owners aren't too proud of?? Waiting... waiting.....
     
    10-24-2011, 01:39 AM
  #15
Green Broke
From what I've heard, many times people rent a trailer if their horse is sick and going to be put down. Don't know if it's a fact or not.

We decided to buy a trailer just in case we needed the vet to do an emergency visit. Just for them to leave the clinic and mileage would be close to $100 and they haven't even seen the horse yet. It's kind of peace of mind in case of an emergency and not having to worry about borrowing or renting one in your time of need.

We mainly use our trailer in the summer, about every other weekend. We also try to take a weeks vacation at the end of summer. So ours does get used more than we thought it would. We bought it used for about $4000. It was in good shape and about 5 or 6 years old. It is a 2 horse slant BP with tack room in front. In hindsight, I wish we would have got a 3 horse.

Some things to check yearly, or have checked, are the bearings and brakes. Lights I usually check each time I use it If it has mats, you want to pull them out and give the trailer a thorough washing inside at least once a year Usually a trailer will last a long time if you take care of it.
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    10-24-2011, 10:13 AM
  #16
Green Broke
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It is a 2 horse slant BP with tack room in front. In hindsight, I wish we would have got a 3 horse.
A good rule of thumb when picking your trailer size. Look at how many horses you are likely to be hauling regularly then add 1 space.
     
    10-24-2011, 08:09 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
A good rule of thumb when picking your trailer size. Look at how many horses you are likely to be hauling regularly then add 1 space.
We didn't expect to have more than two but they're like potato chips, you can't have just one or two, LOL. We also weren't planning to have to haul an extra for a friend to ride.
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    10-24-2011, 09:29 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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We didn't expect to have more than two but they're like potato chips, you can't have just one or two, LOL. We also weren't planning to have to haul an extra for a friend to ride.
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That's why you add an extra space, horses happen!
     
    10-24-2011, 10:08 PM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
A good rule of thumb when picking your trailer size. Look at how many horses you are likely to be hauling regularly then add 1 space.
This is a really good idea! When I was buying a trailer, my barn owner told me "always buy more than you think you need." - and I am So glad I listened to that advice.
     
    10-25-2011, 07:10 AM
  #20
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I do like the thought of more space than you think you will need. I was moving from a 2 horse up to a 3 when my son said "and if you ever want to take your granddaughter along" I bought a 4 and have never regretted it :)
     

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