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post #1 of 42 Old 10-13-2015, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Do I have to have a truck?

We are looking at getting a horse soon. Currently the plan is to board but we also are looking at a little farmette in a couple weeks. If we keep the horse at our house, do we need a truck? I planned to hire someone to deliver the hypothetical horse(s) when that situation arises, but last night I literally lost sleep thinking about how we would ever get hay. Do they deliver or what? As a kid, I remember my dad going to pick up loads of hay in his truck. We are not exactly truck people.

Are there any horse people that don't have a truck and survive?
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There are people who don't have a truck and all survive. You don't need one - until you do.

IF you have ready access to one, you will be fine. But, you will be on the other person's schedule.

Hay farmers do deliver. Vets do make farm calls.

If you are sure that you can have access to what you need delivered and maybe have an emergency back up, in case you have to haul your horse to a vet, maybe save for your own truck and trailer.

You seem to be in a situation that my friends and I call "bleeding money." Take things step by step, or you will be in for more sleepless nights.
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Most places that sell hay will deliver it...for a fee.

For example, my fiancé is yard supervisor at a local feed and tack store. If you pick up your hay yourself, you get a discounted price. If you have it delivered, it's full price, which is $2-3 per bale more.

Most hay places around here, depending on how much you are having delivered will charge $.50-1 per bale to deliver.

The biggest issue with having a horse at home and not having a truck and trailer is what happens if you need to trailer the horse to the vet or you want to go riding somewhere other than your property?
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post #4 of 42 Old 10-13-2015, 11:06 PM
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As Boots said, you can survive without one. A truck just makes things a whole bunch easier. Don't stress over not having one right now, there will be time enough for that later, lol.
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Lots of people keep horses at home without a truck and trailer. IME it's well worth the extra to pay for hay delivery if they will also stack it for you.

Eventually you may find you want to be able to take your horse places, depending on what kind of riding you do and what you have access to from your property. But let that be a worry for sometime down the road
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Around here it's about impossible to find someone to deliver hay or feed so a truck is necessary. We could get by without a trailer since our vet makes farm calls and way back when I did get by without one but I wouldn't want to go back to those days now. You need to do your homework of what services are available in your area if you decide to get your own place. If you decide to board and go the full board route where they furnish feed & hay then it would be a nonissue and there's usually enough people around who do have trucks and trailers that if needed you could pay them to haul your horse to the vet or a show or whatever.

We don't own a car. LOL
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If you needed to own a truck and/or trailer to own horses, a lot of people wouldn't own horses

I own a truck, but it isn't quite big enough to haul a WB size trailer like I would need for my larger mare, but MOST people around here hire someone anyhow. As far as hay and bedding goes, my BO supplies hay and I get my bedding delivered as it works out much cheaper and saves me the hassle. I used to pick up my own bedding, but it was time consuming and much more pricey. I can only think of a couple people I know who pick up hay/bedding themselves, that sort of thing is almost always delivered.

That all being said, I suppose it does depend on area. My area has a bunch of horsey people, including international show grounds, so hay/bedding is not hard to come by, and the same goes for professional haulers, so while a lot of people DO own trucks (agricultural area), in this area you by no means need to have one.
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I"m thinking of a truck and trailer down the road, but I don't see it being necessary until I start taking my horse out for trail rides. We won't be showing or jumping and, since he isn't here yet, I don't know how long it will be before he's ready to trailer to a park. I'll do it when the time comes; not going to worry about it until then.
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Most people that board their horse don't have a "truck" sized to do farm chores or tow a horse trailer...it is not needed and a extra expense.
Feed dealers deliver your supplies. You may pay for that but for a few $$ it is considerably cheaper than purchasing, insuring, registering and then running a truck.
Till you purchase that horse and are needing, really needing a truck skip it and save your money.
There is very little you can not "pay for services" that you need as you need it.
As for trail riding and truck & trailer....look for a place that is within a short horseback ride to enjoy those trails...
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Around here it's about impossible to find someone to deliver hay or feed so a truck is necessary. We could get by without a trailer since our vet makes farm calls and way back when I did get by without one but I wouldn't want to go back to those days now. You need to do your homework of what services are available in your area if you decide to get your own place. If you decide to board and go the full board route where they furnish feed & hay then it would be a nonissue and there's usually enough people around who do have trucks and trailers that if needed you could pay them to haul your horse to the vet or a show or whatever.

We don't own a car. LOL
Ditto. There is no such thing as delivery where I live, either.

My thought would be to at least look for a good used half ton truck, if you plan on buying a Farmette. Having any kind of acreage and livestock is synonymous with owning some sort of truck.

You don't need something that costs 60K, just something that will haul fence, fence posts, hay and other big supplies for farm maintenance.
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