Originally Posted by Trails
I've always operated under the notion that a 4WD vehicle is wonderful - for getting you stuck further into a place that you shouldn't have gone into anyway.
As far as tires spinning on wet grass - Been there and done that. A cheap solution is to get good tires, perhaps a more aggressive tread as opposed to highway tires.
Consider where you trailer your horses to and let that guide your decision. If you don't leave asphalt or gravel a 2WD could be a great option.
Most horse shows, penning, etc around here - you park on grass. Many times a field or pasture next to the event.
New tires do not always allow for adequate traction on wet grass. Even dry, pastures have low spots that are not readily apparent to the new user. Spinning the tires creates ruts - and an unhappy land owner.
The "what if's" are too many to risk not having the 4 wheel drive.