Share your thoughts on Calico and Ponderosa and Stidham trailers - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 04-23-2012, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5,332
• Horses: 1
Share your thoughts on Calico and Ponderosa and Stidham trailers

I found a 1 year old Calico trailer for sale for an exceptionally good price. It's a 2010 model that was purchased in June of 2011. I haven't gone to see it yet but I've asked lots of questions, got lots of pictures and am going to set up a viewing this week.

I've now found a 2008 Ponderosa 2h bumper pull step up that is also in an acceptable price range. I can't go view it because it's 6+ hours away. I'm asking for more pics (though it looks to be in great condition) and maybe a video before I commit us to a journey. What about those?

Other than the lack of a tack room (It has space for tack, but it's space in front of the horses so I'd have to build a wall or just suck it up or something). I could buy a trailer with a tack or dressing room, BUUUT at this price point it's going to be a much older model. I only have one horse, won't likely get another, and won't likely ever need to haul 2. The only people I currently ever haul with have their own multi-horse trailers.

Both seem like a nice, economical first time trailer. Are there any negatives to these models? Anything that I should look out for or be wary about?
DancingArabian is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 04-24-2012, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 5,332
• Horses: 1

A 2010 Calico and a 2008 Ponderosa are on my short list of trailers! I know they're on the economical end of trailers, but I just want something that will let me haul short distances occasionally and safely.
DancingArabian is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 04-26-2012, 12:15 AM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,855
• Horses: 0
A friend used to own a Calico. Overall,I thought it was a poorly made trailer. Poor welds, rust issues,small stalls,underbuilt frame, under rated tires... I never would let her haul my horses. I would look for an older better quality trailer and it will last 3x longer with less issues.
Posted via Mobile Device
Left Hand Percherons is online now  
post #4 of 4 Old 04-26-2012, 10:32 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outside of Oklahoma City
Posts: 2,653
• Horses: 6
I have a 2001 3 horse slant gooseneck made by Ponderosa. Ours is decent, they should have made the tongue shorter because it puts a crazy amount of pressure on the back tires/axel. And the dividers are a tad bit short for my liking. However, it pulls great, and has held up pretty good. If I could fix anything, it would be the tongue and a way to lock the back tack. I really like ours, there is plenty of air movement when driving during the summer (it had open stock like windows on the front and back), the exterior lights are a life savers at rodeos when I can't see a dang thing, and the front tack area works good for sleeping in and holds everything I need. I wish the saddle rack held my saddle better, they kinda slip off sometimes, but I have seen that happen with even the high dollar saddle racks. And the racks pop out, but with the thin metal they are made of I am scared to do it with my 3 western saddles on it. Overall, decent trailer for the price.

It appears that Ponderosa's are no longer in production, I cannot find a website. They have been going down in quality over the years, so I would DEFFINATELY ask for pictures of the welds on the trailer, the floor joists, etc.

Read about these peoples experience with their ponderosa....
Ponderosa Trailers - Worst built trailers in America

Be wary of the horse with a sense of humour. - Pam Brown
MangoRoX87 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ponderosa? MangoRoX87 Horse Trailers 2 04-01-2012 10:05 PM
Show me your quarter horse crosses or share your thoughts! Thyme Horse Breeds 75 08-07-2011 11:16 AM
Calico trailers anyone? kitten_Val Horse Trailers 2 03-07-2011 12:30 PM
Does anyone know anything about Calico Trailers? Vannah Horse Trailers 0 01-23-2011 11:21 PM
Calico trailers.... OzarkGrey Horse Trailers 0 03-18-2010 10:54 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome