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Should your horse cost more than your trailer?

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    07-16-2011, 12:02 AM
I have never heard of trailer price being compared to horse price, lol. I can maybe understand this theory for the uber-rich, but i've had 3 horses and never owned a trailer. I say kudos to anyone who's got a safely functioning trailer, and unless you're some sort of superstar I can't imagine getting one of those "luxury trailers." Like stated above though, if you can afford a really expensive horse, you can get it a fancy trailer. I don't understand why a farrier would snub you though, he basically just made sure you'd never do business with him....oh well, to each their own.
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    07-16-2011, 12:35 AM
Haha, I think I'd be hard pressed to find a safe trailer for under $500.

As already said, I really do not think that the price comparison between the trailer and horse has anything to do with anything that matters. Both need to be safe.
    07-16-2011, 12:56 AM
I agree. The trailer needs to safely haul your horse, and the horse needs to safely haul it's rider! Price shouldn't matter.

Indigosblue- He lost me as a customer for sure! And a few others after they heard about his comment!!
    07-16-2011, 01:18 AM
Around here, $9000 horses are for SERIOUS investors; he probably just thought if you could afford a horse of that price that you'd be interested in the status symbol of a shiny nice new trailer as well. I see this all the time in people buying bigger houses, boats, trucks, and cars than they need to get the job done. Non-horsey people at my work are 'proud' of their luxe cars - like Lexus, big Lincolns, etc. I drive a somewhat bruised aging Honda CRV and get odd looks all the time...but as another poster said, my treasures are in my family and in my barn! I'd say unless the farrier is a real jerk about it, or disrespectful again, let the decision to keep him be whether or not your horse's feet are in good shape after he's done. For example, just tell him that you don't skimp where you want to put money - in a good horse, and the best care for your horse that money can buy (and that should get the point across).
    07-16-2011, 06:37 AM
Well I've never paid more than $2,500 for a horse, but I sure as heck wouldn't pay that little for a trailer! Around here, a SAFE trailer is at least $5,000, and even then, it'd have things wrong with it. Rust, chipped or flakey paint... A new horse trailer is in excess of $10,000 and a nice one easily in excess of $20,000 - this is JUST the basics. Horse bays, tack trunks, nothing more. With living quarters? Forget it if you don't want to pay $25,000+. And that doesn't count a kitchen, which will be extra, and water supply, extra again. Most people just camp in tents, or sweep out the horse bays and sleep in there. Or in the car if they're determined not to get dirty/cold.

In saying that, I don't actually have a trailer. Probably because I refuse to buy the unsafe wrecks that actually ARE within my budget.
    07-17-2011, 03:10 AM
I don't even HAVE a trailer to haul my $400 project around in. I think I'd look pretty funny trying to haul a horse with my dinky little Nissan Versa. Haha.
    07-17-2011, 09:12 AM
Well considering my first horse was $500, my mini was free, and my new horse wasn't much more expensive that that, I don't think I would get a float at that price safe enough to haul a horse in, and in the line of riding I do I wouldn't pay much for a horse anyway, so there's no chance of me buying a horse more expensive that a good horse float anytime soon haha.
    07-17-2011, 12:15 PM
What my horse cost and what he's worth to me are two very different numbers. I spent much more on my truck and trailer to increase my chances of keeping him safe when hauling.
    07-17-2011, 12:28 PM
Interesting theory, don't see any merit in it though. I've always been of the belief that what's hauled in it matters. Right now my horses are worth much more than my old steel trailer, still in great shape but heavy and makes for worse mileage. (not that the diesel hog does so great to begin with) Working on the hubby, think he might give in and let me get a new one this fall when my truck is paid off :)
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    07-17-2011, 01:20 PM
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My first trailer cost more then my first horse. Pistol was 500 and my trailer was 600. I still have both, Pistol is still rideable. The trailer... not so much!

Around here, horses can go from anywhere from 500 - 30k depending on someones finances. Around here people are dirt poor, or fairly wealthy and only a few of us are in between... :(

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