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    03-14-2014, 10:40 AM
As long as you have a plan for emergency situations, you don't HAVE to have a truck and trailer.

(I know that some of these won't apply but thoughts anyway:)

What if a wild fire or prairie fire blows through your area, and you need to evacuate your horse immeidately? Will you still be able to have a friend get your horses out? If not, figure out a strategy.

What if a flood takes over your land? Again, who will haul your horse and where will they go?

What if your horse is injured and needs veterinary care? Can the vet come to you?

Try to think about every possible emergency situation that would apply to you, where you would need to haul your horse. Then have a plan in place.
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    03-14-2014, 11:01 AM
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
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.

Live & learn.
Normally when I trailer I am also taking my horse(s) so having another along for the ride isn't a big deal.
This was though a clinic and special trip I made especially for her, I was not participating nor even wanted to critique/watch/listen to this clinician.

Next time, IF there ever is a next time I will be specific in my expectations to and of them.

Thanks for the "tip" of what you do...

    03-14-2014, 11:16 AM
A truck falls under need item for a farm. Figure out what size you need to fit ur farm and hauling.

There are trailer places that offer horse trailers for rent. Check to see if there are any in ur area. (This gives you another option if there is one near you)

If you can't get both at the same time don't sweat it. Get the truck first cut you will get the most benifit from it.
Once you are ready for the next big item then get the trailer.
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    03-14-2014, 11:18 AM
I went for years without a truck and trailer. Never had an issue. This may be my last summer for a truck and trailer -- it's just to dang expensive. The trailer sits alot - I don't show and ends up I'm not much of a social rider. So I ride mostly at home. The truck has been used a lot for house things, but what I will miss it for the most is getting my hay. I just HATE to rely on other people. Without my truck I'll have to call on MDH at haying time. That's the only reason I'm considering keeping my truck, which is a really stupid reason. I'd be better off renting a truck for those few trips.

Gotta admit though: it's going to be hard going from driving a truck for the last 6 or 7 years back to a car. They're so dang small. :)
    03-14-2014, 12:33 PM
I think you will be fine for six months. I'm just about dying to have a trailer, but I know that purchase is pretty far down the line for me. XD

You can always pay someone to haul for you. I would have someone lined up to help if there is ever an emergency. (:
    03-14-2014, 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by horselovinguy    

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... 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 costs money to move those animals and your time.

Or quote a price ahead of time.
    03-14-2014, 10:26 PM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
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.
we do have a pickup but it is only a midsize (nissan frontier) and too small to haul a horse trailer. But great for all other farming things. :)
    03-15-2014, 02:44 PM
You can do just fine without a truck and trailer. Put it off until you can financially buy what you want. No need to rush into it and buy a step or two down from what you want and need because in the long run, you will eventually buy the right rig so you are buying twice. Now is also the worst time of year to be trailer shopping. It's show season and it's camping season so any nice used trailers are commanding a higher price and what's out there is picked over. Wait until hunting season is over. That's typically when there are a lot of trailers on the market and they aren't moving.
    03-15-2014, 03:00 PM
Talk to your friend and make sure they are ok with helping when there is an emergency. If they are the. You'll be better off waiting. Also, don't lean on your friend for a haul unless it is an emergency. For non emergencies, as stated above, cover 100 percent of costs plus to make it worth their time. Also offer to pay up front whatever they estimate the cost to be.

FYI it can be as little as 8 mpg up to maybe 17 mpg just for fuel. You then have to factor in tire wear, maintenance, etc and is why the IRS now allows over 50 cents per mile for businesses.
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    03-15-2014, 03:18 PM
Dang no trailer?... Personally, I wouldn't own a horse without owning my own trailer and having some ability to haul them around. To me, it's one of the most important things you can own as a horse person. Even when kept at boarding facilities a trailer is something we use monthly (or lots more) even through winter. For all sorts of things other than horse stuff.

I would hate to have to wait for someone (or bother them with for that matter) in the case of an emergency...

Not that it's impossible to live without one but, once you have one it's hard to imagine life without it...

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