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post #1 of 20 Old 03-13-2014, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question trailer vs no trailer for the time being

I know this may seem an obsurd question...but I am struggling with the decision to buy a truck and trailer. Long story short, we bought a farm last year and have spent a crazy amount of money building a new fence/addition to the barn,etc. I have always boarded my horse therefore never been put in a situation where I needed to buy my own truck and trailer. Now that we own our farm and are ready to bring my horse home I need to buy a truck/trailer however...the construction of the fence/barn went way over budget and I am feeling a little pinched for the extra $$$ to purchase a truck/trailer right this minute. So I am waying the practicality of the situation...

On one hand I feel like its not a big deal to hold off 6mos before we shell out the next major cash drop for a truck and trailer because I know my vet would come to us if need be. I also feel that I can survive a few months of at home riding and not have wheels to go to other friends barns or to the trials a few miles down the road. I also have friends who could haul for me if need be... But is this the only reason I should be thinking of?

Am I missing something in the bigger picture due to the anxiety of spending more money right now...or do you think I can get by with holding out for a bit while we save a few bucks. I feel right now I will end up buying something that isn't what I want/need vs. doing it right the first time.

Don't get me wrong...I am buying a truck and trailer... I am just pondering the issues to not doing it right now. Has anyone ever gone without for a bit? Did it work out or were there issues that you didn't see coming.

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post #2 of 20 Old 03-13-2014, 09:49 PM
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I've owned horses for years and still don't have a working trailer! Don't worry about it, there are always ways of transporting your horse without having your own trailer. If you have friends that will do it then that is great and vet's will usually travel for an extra fee.
You can also rent them so although it is nice to have your own, don't worry about having to wait;)

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post #3 of 20 Old 03-14-2014, 01:58 AM
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I didn't have a truck or trailer for the first couple of years.
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I've had my horse for about 8 years and haven't had a trailer. I want to acquire one at some point in the near future and find myself drooling over them on a daily basis, but I've survived without one. I'll continue to survive without one if necessary.

If you don't feel comfortable buying one right now then wait a few months until you have some more money saved up. Just make sure you can find someone that can help you out in case of an emergency!
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Same as anything else "horse' it isn't just the cost of purchase but it is also the cost of maintaining, registering and insurance liability besides learning to drive the thing correctly.

I had horses for so many years and no trailer...truck yes, no trailer.
Now I have the truck and 2 trailers.

If you have friends with good equipment who can do the occasional haul...great.
If no friends, then get the name of a shipper in case of emergency that will be there for you.

Many people never own a trailer and they go all over the place...

Save your money, don't feel stressed to buy right now...when the time is right, consider it then.
A trailer is a large investment that sits 90% of the time tying up your money...on a farm that money could be better utilized elsewhere is a definite.

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I am surprised that with all the work being done at your place you do not already have a truck to haul things. I would wait on the trailer and you may find something inexpensive but on an acreage a truck is pretty much a must have I would think but you obviously got thus far with out one so it must not be an issue.
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Same as anything else "horse' it isn't just the cost of purchase but it is also the cost of maintaining, registering and insurance liability besides learning to drive the thing correctly.

I had horses for so many years and no trailer...truck yes, no trailer.
Now I have the truck and 2 trailers.

If you have friends with good equipment who can do the occasional haul...great.
If no friends, then get the name of a shipper in case of emergency that will be there for you.

Many people never own a trailer and they go all over the place...

Save your money, don't feel stressed to buy right now...when the time is right, consider it then.
A trailer is a large investment that sits 90% of the time tying up your money...on a farm that money could be better utilized elsewhere is a definite.

27k On my LQ, 45k on truck, 28K for barn to house truck and trailer I recently spent 2,800 on tires for both rigs,500.00 on generator repair, 1300.00 on new AC a few hundred on a new awning and when someone expects to tag along for something I wish they understood what it really costs to have this equipment.
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Wait and save your money. Don't go further into debt. You can always pay a friend to do the hauling and in a pinch, hire a pro hauler. It's nice and convenient to have all your own stuff and I recommend it when it's financially feasible, but it's not something you can't do without for quite a while if needs be. I have friends who have over 10 horses and have NEVER owned a trailer in 40 years of breeding and showing them.

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27k On my LQ, 45k on truck, 28K for barn to house truck and trailer I recently spent 2,800 on tires for both rigs,500.00 on generator repair, 1300.00 on new AC a few hundred on a new awning and when someone expects to tag along for something I wish they understood what it really costs to have this equipment.

I know, I know.

I don't have LQ...but there is still a considerable outlay of money even if the thing just sits you need to work, clean, prepare it and replace things like tires that look brand new but have cracks/dry rot on the sidewalls cause they just aren't safe to use, period.

Handing someone gas money is nice, now double it is more realistic.
I hauled the other day...was handed $25 dollars for gas money...
HELLO...my truck takes over $100 to fill it with gas, not diesel {which costs more per gallon!} and I just burned 3/4 of the tank plus spent 4 hours sitting waiting for you to play with your horses...
Sometimes, it truly is not worth hooking up with costs and wear & tear to both vehicles for others.
Of course when we got back the trailer clean-up was mine...and those horses were pigs with diarrhea and crap everyplace!! Yuck..

Not again, I will be busy the next time.

Remember that when you have friends do you a favor...this isn't a gas economy car going down the road..it costs money to move those animals and your time.

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I know, I know.

I don't have LQ...but there is still a considerable outlay of money even if the thing just sits you need to work, clean, prepare it and replace things like tires that look brand new but have cracks/dry rot on the sidewalls cause they just aren't safe to use, period.

Handing someone gas money is nice, now double it is more realistic.
I hauled the other day...was handed $25 dollars for gas money...
HELLO...my truck takes over $100 to fill it with gas, not diesel {which costs more per gallon!} and I just burned 3/4 of the tank plus spent 4 hours sitting waiting for you to play with your horses...
Sometimes, it truly is not worth hooking up with costs and wear & tear to both vehicles for others.
Of course when we got back the trailer clean-up was mine...and those horses were pigs with diarrhea and crap everyplace!! Yuck..

Not again, I will be busy the next time.

Remember that when you have friends do you a favor...this isn't a gas economy car going down the road..it costs money to move those animals and your time.

In order to save the frustration, I will haul for a friend but I always tell them they have to cover my costs for the day. That includes the gas, any beverages and at least one meal to make it worth my time. Otherwise, call a pro for find another sucker. It's just too expensive, inconvenient and let's not forget the liability we're accepting when we haul horses other than our own, to do it for less.

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