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post #1 of 6 Old 08-03-2012, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation hmmm, I want to buy my first trailer.. for cheap

Im 15 years old, going to be 16 and I hate asking to trailer pool and ask my dad to take me places... I will be getting my -permit soon probably so I want to start to save up my money for a 2 horse on 3 horse slant load bumper pull trailer... Does anyone have an idea about what type of trailer a NEW driver should get for there first one? My dad said that He wont buy me a 2 horse trailer because he wont ever use it ( UMMM we have one right now but it is a gooseneck and I think that he is going to sell it.. It is pretty big and had a room up front and saddle storage place under where you put hay for the horses too munch on while in the trailer.. He bought it for 1200. Do you think that I should save up my money and try to buy that one or should I look for a smaller trailer?

-what are the ups and downs to 2 horse trailers? smaller trailersVS bigger trailers?

Sorry if this makes no sense I just need to find out what type of trailer will pull well and is easy to get around.. BTW I want to travel for barrel racing if you need to know..

thanks:) any tips wanted:)

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-03-2012, 01:50 PM
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I'm 19 now, but I had about a years worth of driving under my belt before my parents even considered letting me pull a trailer. Even then, my Dad took me to an empty parking lot and gave me a "test". He made me drive through the city, around corners, and in the lot made me do lots of backing up exercises. the most difficult thing for me to get the hang of was backing up, it was only this year that I became Very comfortable with it. But, there are a lot of other things to consider, like if your tire blew would you be able to change it, calmly and quickly?
We have a small 2 horse slant and it was very convenient for me to learn with because it is so small. It gave me more confidence b/c it requires less space for backing up and if I am trying to find room in a parking lot I can maneuver more easily. With that said, I give my vote to a smaller trailer, you can always upgrade.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-03-2012, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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thanks:) my dad lets me drive around with his like 20 foot car trailer so I get the hang of driving.. Ya I though smaller would be easier for just 2 horses anyhow..:)

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I must not have hit post my reply... so here we go again :)

IF you can buy the trailer from your dad do so. Nice to have a gooseneck. Easier to pull and back. You know the trailer and what you are getting. As far as your age :) My best friend was pulling a 5 horse with midtack and living quarters all over the US when she was 16. My daughter will be 16 in 4 days and I am pushing her hard to learn to pull our 4 horse trailer. She will be practicing sooner than she wants but better to learn young :) She has been driving for two years but she will need to learn to be comfortable pulling our rig :)
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-03-2012, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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thanks^^Its not the nicest trailer but my dad and I have been fixing it up and he does want to sell it so maybe I can make payments.. The wonderful thing about my dad is he is a car dealer so he is going to make SURE that I have a nice truck.. Probably a Stick Shift because he believes that they pull a trailer so much better. I want him to teach me to pull our 4 horse bumper pull sooner than later so maybe I will talk to him about that as well.. He doesn't really want me to get my permit but I think I will get it not to much farther down the road..

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I personally do not see anything wrong at your age towing a trailer. Obviously, your father has been working with you trailering a car trailer which helps. I think all youth should be required to tow a trailer before getting a licence. Even if they never tow in their life they at least will have an understanding of others who are. Good for you for wanting to learn!
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