Did a quick search and Escapes tow capacity is between 1500 and 3500 pounds depending on model. So no, that is way to low for towing a small trailer and horse. Even in best case scenario you'll be at close to max tow capacity which leaves no saftey margin. You'll have that problem with almsot all small SUV's, they are just built to lightly to safely tow a loaded horse trailer.
Depends on the weight of the trailer you choose but yes, with a lighter trailer 5000 pounds would do it. Still wouldn't recommend pulling a trailer with one though. If you do go that route you also have to make sure it has a tow package, transmission cooler, trailer brake controller, tires rated for the weight (max weight will be printed on tire sidewall), the right class hitch and good brakes (assuming used).
No. No. No. No. No.
I have an escape and theyre basically plastic on wheels. You could get a trailer going IF it was light enough but you better than bend over and pray because you wont stop or turn with it. They are NOT built to tow even if they technically have a "tow package".
Even with my ram 1500 I wouldnt even pull a 2 horse bumper because it didnt have the weight or control to safely tow.
I would go with a large SUV or at least an F150 or ideally an F250 size of truck for a trailer.
I wouldn't go with a small/medium SUV.
My previous BO hauled a 4-horse slant with a dodge 1500 and she could stop/turn/etc with it perfectly fine. I think a 1500 with a tow package would be fine, personally. My current BO hauls a 4-horse with LQ with a 3500 which works perfectly fine as well. Posted via Mobile Device