Originally Posted by maura
I would not do it, period. There's no way I would pull any kind of trailer with a 6 cylinder anything. The issue is not how much weight it can pull, but how much weight it can stop. If you're going down a grade and need to brake and you have insufficient power in the tow vehicle, you will jack knife, it's that simple.
Maura's right. I was pulling an aluminum gooseneck with a Ford F150, empty, and had to stop suddenly. Even with electric brakes the weight of the trailer pushed the truck through a stop sign out into traffic. I thought I was going to die. If I would have had the horses I would have gone into the ravine along the road.
It's not what you can pull, it's what you can stop, just like Maura said.
And, horses are not like pulling a stationery object - they sway, stomp, prance, lean, and that will make the trailer move. It's not safe.