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post #11 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 06:46 AM
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If I had a truck there is no way I could afford a horse. They are so much pricier in every way.

I remember when I was a kid I was begging my mum to get a truck and float. She worked it out that even if she paid to get my horse trucked to competitions each month it would still be a lot cheaper than owning and maintaining a truck and trailer.

Often people underestimate the true cost of vehicles and over estimate how much they need extra features. I'd probably bet that with only a couple of horses even between delivery costs for hay, on site vet calls and paying people to move your horses when needed, you would still spend less doing all these things than you would owning a truck.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love a truck, I'd never get out probably, but it's a not a realistic choice for me, nor a smart one.
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post #12 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 06:54 AM
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I got my horses before we had a trailer and let me tell you, it is a real pain sometimes. As others said, what if your horse falls really sick and your asked to bring him to the vet clinic for observation? What if you really need hay, found it for a great price, but they don't deliver and it is winter? You need to repair your fence and get material, how are you going to bring it home?

No it isn't a necessity till you need a truck and I wouldn't be without mine. I also went 4 years without a trailer, having to bum rides off of friends, asking them to come pick me up, waiting for them and being on their schedule.
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post #13 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 07:15 AM
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If you are stressing over buying a truck, then also stress about buying a trailer. If you keep horses long enough, you will want both.
I keep toying with selling my 1993 truck. I talked to a guy who sold his 20yo Ford Diesel for $2K (200,000 miles) Diesel truck engines aren't considered old until they are well over 300,000
You always want more power than you need, or you could be stranded with your horses and have to wait for help. US Equine is the AAA of the horse world, and they will transport your horses for you in an emergency.
My newer (2007) truck has less than 50K miles on it and cost (new) $48K
Big difference in price and the your could afford to do some fixing up. My old truck doesn't even get 1,000 miles/year because I just use it for getting hay and farm chores, for perspective.
I have priced a John Deere utility tractors and they run $12K with nothing, $18K with a shovel, diesel plug in (you need to heat the engines in the cold) and pull behind mower, then $2K for the utility tractor to drive it in for service. You need a truck for that.
If you get a new or used truck, store it inside a building or garage, and maintain it, it is an excellent investment and will last for years.
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post #14 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 07:17 AM
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Where I live, you can easily get away with owning a horse and not having a truck. Local hay farmers around here deliver. Our vet comes to the farm for appointments, and our vet offers transport services, if our horse needs to be brought into the clinic for any reason. I have never had a problem hitching rides to shows, and finding transport to move my horse between stables.

Since some others say there is no hay delivery in their local areas, then it may be a good idea to figure out where you might be able to buy your hay and ask about transport. If you can find a few good, local sources that deliver, and if your vet has a trailer you can rent if your horse needs transport to the clinic, then you should be okay. Don't forget about bedding delivery as well.

Having a truck of your own would certainly make your life easier, especially if you plan to keep your horse at home, but it can be expensive to keep and maintain another vehicle, and if you have access to the resources you need to survive without one, then you don't have to have one, if it's not worth it to you.
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post #15 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 07:33 AM
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My newer (2007) truck has less than 50K miles on it and cost (new) $48K
WE bought it in 2008, with 500 miles on it from a dealer, for $38K, because one year old cars/trucks depreciate.
My new truck is a crew cab (2 full seats, with two front bucket seats), 4 x 4 drive and we have pushed cars out of snow banks with it, and a doolie (4 back tires). I has a tow package for both bumper hitch and gooseneck. We would have probably 15K miles on it, but my 6'5" DH likes to take it on non horse vacations.
In the USA trucks are readily available, so start shopping around. =D
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post #16 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 09:51 AM
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You don't NEED to have a truck, but make sure you have a good plan on what you are going to do if:
Your horse needs to physically go to the vet, and a farm call won't work.
If there is a wild fire on the way and your horse needs to be evacuated.
You can't find anyone to deliver hay.
ETC.

Another option is renting a truck from a rental shop, if you need one for the day (For example) to bring home hay. Of course, you're also going to need a trailer to transport the hay.

It can be done. But plan ahead.

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post #17 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 10:09 AM
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I had horses before I had a truck. Heck, I had a horse trailer before I had a truck. I managed just fine without one, but sure do enjoy having one. It's made things a lot easier, I don't have to depend on other people or waiting on their schedules and I can now repay other peoples kindness in helping me. It's also made home repair projects a lot easier as well. I found a nice truck with 12,000 miles on it for $15,000. less than brand new.
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post #18 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 10:48 AM
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If there is a wild fire on the way and your horse needs to be evacuated.
This is one I was thinking about last night.

A few years ago, we had a massive wildfire on a local mountain. It came down within five miles of the barn I board at. If they hadn't stopped it at the highway, it would have hopped the highway and caught in the dry grass of the plains at the foot of the mountain and been at the barn within a matter of hours. So, I made the decision to evac my horse. Was it absolutely necessary? Probably not, since I was the only one who moved my horse. However, me moving my horse opened up my stall so that my BO could take in horses that had been evaced from the actual path of the fire. I was just glad I had my fiance's truck (2005 Dodge 2500 Cummins turbo diesel) and a friend who had an extra trailer that they rarely use that I could borrow. Otherwise, I would have been riding him across the busy four-lane highway to safety.
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post #19 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Wildfires are not a thing here (I'm in the Midwest). I've never actually heard of one here at all. Anyhow, you have all set my mind at ease that a truck would be NICE but not necessary. I'm still not completely sold at living on a farm after being so conveniently in town for the past 20 years, but we shall see. Having a horse at my own house would be so much fun.
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post #20 of 42 Old 10-14-2015, 07:02 PM
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It is fun, however, it's is a LOT OF WORK.

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