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post #11 of 14 Old 04-13-2012, 07:50 PM
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Oh, I really want a horse van. No hooking up the trailer, no backing up a trailer. Sure you have an extra vehicle to register and insure, but you have to register a trailer too! Sure it's an extra vehicle to maintain, but you have to maintain a trailer too! I just think one with living quarters would be amazing. They're just not very common in the US.
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-16-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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So the dealer selling the horse van let me borrow it over the weekend to see how much horse liked it. I loved it, my horse and even the baby loaded fine. The problem is that the the van was built with arabs and QH in mind and not large warmbloods. Ift we a couple inches wider a foot taller, and maybe two feet longer, I would have put in an offer as soon as I returned it. Alas, "Captain Big Ass" true to form fit fine, except for her butt. (Seriously shes like driving a Cadillac with a trailer. )

So alas, no horse van for me. Back to searching for trailers!
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post #13 of 14 Old 04-16-2012, 03:28 PM
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Maybe your decision has just been made for you. =/
I really like have a separate trailer. I can get lots of supplies, etc. with my truck AND I have more than one trailer and more than one trailer uses. Just this last week DH bought and picked up filing cabinets and a safe from a sewing store that was moving and told to see them off. We got an (easily) $2K solid steel, ~50yo, 3' high safe for $50, and five 2-drawer filing cabinets for $5/each. I used a very small, ramped trailer to move all of this. The safe weighed over 300 lbs, and we couldn't have lifted it.
I'm on my 2nd horse trailer now, and DH and I would like to just buy a 2nd, 2-horse aluminum, for other uses. My current trailer is going on 12yo, is steel (bc a tiny car driven by a bozo into the back of us will crumple on the back of my trailer, and my 4th horse might just survive such a crash), and is a 4-horse slant, with a small, overhang which has a mattress to sleep on and 4 hooks and room to change, and 1/2 of the back is a 4 saddle-stand tackroom. IF I ever show, this would be a good one to take bc I could sleep/stay in it, along with any horse(s) I take to show.
The first trailer was also steel, and was a 4-horse stock trailer, bumper hitch. It was a, "female dog" to hitch up, constantly getting out to look and inching back and forth. I LOVE my gooseneck hitch. I use my rear-view mirror and back until I see the gooseneck dead center in the mirror, then I turn and line up with the ribs of the truck bed. I can get it backed up, chains hooked, electrical plugged in, and emergency stop hooked on in 10 minutes flat.
If you do this route REMEMBER, you must be careful making turns with a gooseneck IF you have a short bed truck.
Good luck on whatever you do. =D
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-16-2012, 04:47 PM
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dont give up on the vans.
I've had 2 18hh Warmbloods in mine and they fit quite happily.
When i just take Reeco out the poor pony looks dwarfed!

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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