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    10-25-2011, 12:23 PM
  #21
Weanling
Think I'll be good with a 2? It's pretty much just me. My husband most likely won't ride until we have the money and I have the time for a second horse, so that leaves room for a friend's horse.
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    10-25-2011, 04:10 PM
  #22
Green Broke
With just one horse a 2 horse trailer will do you. Get that second horse for your husband to ride and shortly thereafter you willl want a 3 horse. Sooo, buy a 2 horse now and upgrade down the road or get a 3 now.

Personally, if it was looking like another horse in the next 2-3 years I would go 3. If it's going to be 5+ then it would be a toss up for me on which to get.
     
    10-28-2011, 04:17 AM
  #23
Weanling
Let me share MY experience with renting:

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Originally Posted by MicKey73    
Hi! As team Mick improves, I'm starting to really think about needing access to my own trailer. I've been doing research and am starting to get worried about being ripped off and can't afford a brand new trailer off the lot. (Plus I hate paying sticker for ANYTHING ) There is a small company close to home that rents trailers for $50 a day. I plan on using it at least once a month, most likely more as we progress, but for not much longer than an hour each way. Sometime in the future, I can also see us traveling farther for camping or weekends or whatever.

My question is: Is the price of owning and maintaining your trailer worth it if I have a reliable option for renting? Whatcha think?
Hey Mickey73,
I thought I'd share My own experience in renting (and it was a holey nightmare) First off they told me on the phone that the trailer was 100. A day. When I arrived to pick it up since I was going out of state it was not 100 a day but 200. A day. Grrr and they checked the tires (bald but I didn't notice it at the time) and threw me a spare in the trailer and I headed off. This was me and my mom 2 middle age to older women traveling alone. The trailer was not pulling well it seemed to be all over the road but I thought it might be beacsue it was empty and thought it would ride better full. We drove two days to get the horses, loaded them up only to find that ALL the clasps that seperate the horses (3 horse slant load) were broken. So the horses were basically running free in the trailer. OF COURSE the trailer rocked and shifted SO bad that we were making TERRIBLE time and were out on the road 2 extra days. ALSO the back door =wouldn't close and had to be lifted with a pry bar by a strong man to get it to latch. We stopped for gas and were told that we had a really bad tire. All the tires were really bad but one had metal treads haning out. And so we went to get one of the two spares that were on the trailer and guess what? BOTH were flat and totally unusable. One was scalloped so bad there was no way to use it
(deeply scalloped on one side and bald on the other) the other tire was way the wrong size (and flat to boot), so now we are spending time and $$ being on the road extra days Plus accruing fees for the trailer rental.....
PLUS buying new tires for a trailer we don't own (they didn't have any used tires for a trailer of course) finally made it home and I said NEVER AGAIN!!!!

We bought a really nice turnbow walkthrough TB trailer that is extra high and wide with a large tack room for 2000. And if your horses are "normal" size I see them all the time on craigs list for 1000.

A few days ago we bought a really nice well maintained 2002 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD that is a 3/4 ton for 3500. And now we are totally in biz.

One important thing to do is pull up the mats and check the floors!
My TB trainer owns a stable and contracts with the spca and the police department to work wrecks, horses in trailers are often involved in towing accidents and he told me that horses fall through the floor of trailers ALL THE time!!(yes out on the highway) of course they have to be euthanized on the spot.....

IMO owning is THE way to go. For 5000 you could shop around and get a truck and a trailer and you'll be set. You never have to worry about equipment not being maintained because it's yours. I've never seen such a piece of junk as this trailer I rented and the owner had the GALL to stand there and argue with me about it....... never again!! :)
     
    10-28-2011, 11:57 AM
  #24
Weanling
Wow, WildAcre, thanks for sharing your story! I am renting a trailer for the weekend, and will definitely check the floor boards and general structural soundness. I hope everything goes well for us this weekend. Unfortunately, I had something come up, and currently do not have the funds to buy my own yet, but am still looking so I can get a good idea on prices in my area. Thanks to everyone who responded.
     
    11-06-2011, 12:03 PM
  #25
Yearling
I rented a trailer for about 3 years before finally deciding to buy and had the same questions and concerns as you did.

Renting was far less expensive than owning a trailer when I was only hauling a couple of times a year. I only went a couple of times a year though because I had to book the rental in advance. I couldn't take advantage of a nice weekend to go out for a trail ride and I was stuck with the rental if the weather got bad. I also had no guarantee the rental would be available if I needed to make an emergency vet trip.

I looked for a suitable trailer for over a year and a half and finally bought a 1996 Sundowner aluminum straight haul that was in remarkable condition. It was also within my budget. It is a small trailer and very easy to tow but only holds two horses. Now I have three... The advice of buying a trailer with one more space than you need should not be taken lightly!

Now that I have my own trailer, I haul my horses much more. I go out on trail rides way more than before because it is convenient. I just pick up and go when I want to. I also see the vet more than I did before because it isn't a bit deal to haul my horse in for a quick check on something I am a little worried about, and it isn't nearly so costly as having the vet out. We keep our horses at home, but have a good stable to take them to when we go on vacation. Now that I have a trailer, I take them there when we go away, rather than pay someone to come in to feed them. They are better cared for at the stable because there is someone there 24-7 and it costs me about the same now that I don't have to rent a trailer. If we come home a little earlier or stay a little longer, it isn't a big deal booking a rental.

Owning is very convenient. It gives me more freedom and flexibility for sure. I believe it still costs more than renting though if you factor in the cost of the trailer, maintenance, insurance, etc. The value in owning is found in the convenience factor, something that cannot be shown in a bankbook.
     
    11-07-2011, 12:59 AM
  #26
Weanling
@WildAcre - I would have sued. Called the police. Or at least trashed their reputation. Also...I probably would have taken a close look at the trailer to make sure everything appeared to be in order. Oh well, learning experience I guess. Glad the horses weren't hurt.
     
    11-07-2011, 01:53 AM
  #27
Banned
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I think if own a trailer(s) it would not be worth renting neccesarily (in every case) because it would cost you money per month while buying you just buy once and then you own it.

I would preffer you buy a horse trailer(s).

Good luck to you.
     
    11-07-2011, 03:54 AM
  #28
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Clementine    
@WildAcre - I would have sued. Called the police. Or at least trashed their reputation. Also...I probably would have taken a close look at the trailer to make sure everything appeared to be in order. Oh well, learning experience I guess. Glad the horses weren't hurt.
Yes I really thought about it. The thing is that they "checked" this stuff right in front of us and we ASSUMED that they were looking out for us so we just walked behind them and they pulled the mats up and said "floors fine" then tires fine (they were totally bald every one!! I noticed the tire on the front looked like a black FLOWER it was so scalloped and said so, they said oh you wont need it but well through you in another spare just in case.... (but that one would work fine if you needed it sighs "whatever"
UHUH that was the spare that was totally the wrong size.

It was a total night mare. My horses could have been seriously injured and the guy was a TOTAL jerk about me getting the trailer home late wanting me to pay late fees, even though I called him from the road about all the troubles we were having. The trailer looked nice and new from the outside but with heavy use it had never had anything fixed on it.

OH and I didn't even mention there was NO TAG on the trailer..... and about 1/2 the lights didn't work right..... the back corner of the trailer was rotted and spongy which of course you couldn't tell because the trailer was FULL or Horse droppings when we got it......

So YES it was definitely a learning experience :)
     

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