I have a Ford Ranger right now, a little 1997, but it definitely can't be hauling any trailers. I'm looking around right now to find something within my means- I need something I can drive to work and such, but something I can also haul my horse in when the inevitable chance strikes that he needs some vet attention. (Farm calls are a tad expensive out here, and I'd feel better bringing him directly to the office anyway.)
So, my experienced forum friends, do you have any suggestions on what I should be looking for? It can either me a specific make, such as the F150s I've been looking over, or maybe helpful add-ons I should know about, such as transmission types. Explain it like I'm five, though- I have little to no experience with cars. My older brother will be helping me out, since he knows his stuff, but I'd like to learn a little, too.