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post #21 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 04:09 AM
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Just wanted to add -- You can pull a small horse trailer with a car, if it has a big enough engine. My boss used to rodeo with a guy who pulled a two-horse with his old-school Cadillac hotrod. LOL
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Just wanted to add -- You can pull a small horse trailer with a car, if it has a big enough engine. My boss used to rodeo with a guy who pulled a two-horse with his old-school Cadillac hotrod. LOL

You can yes but should you? No...they are not built for it, nor is the suspension good enough. How many people have you seen pulling a trailer who have no business doing so?

I am not by any means an expert on pulling a horse trailer, I have only pulled mine with my truck a handful of times, as my husband normally does it but due to his job now and he being gone a lot, I now do it. The difference between me and others is I do do the speed limit, I do pay attention to turns, my speed, the horse in the trailer and I haul a 24ft stock trailer so it is long when on my truck.
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post #23 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 08:14 AM
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Hi All!

Well, I'm gonna be the voice of dissent.
Does a horse owner _need_ a truck/work vehicle? Maybe, maybe not. But if your financial situation is tight to the point where you are juggling the cost of horse vs truck, I would suggest that both should probably wait for awhile. Or get the truck first; at least it will be happy to sit ignored in the back yard if you can't afford to feed it. My $.02.

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post #24 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 09:06 AM
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You can yes but should you? No...they are not built for it, nor is the suspension good enough. How many people have you seen pulling a trailer who have no business doing so? .
Hi again!

The problem lies not so much in _pulling_ a trailer, as in stopping it. Neither require a mega-truck, altho that seems to be usual choice in this part of the world.
My 20yo six-cylinder Toyota truck has done a great job towing my two-place horse trailer (and everything else I have asked it to do) for many years, and gets ~20MPG while doing it. Would I trade it for a new USA/Diesel with all of the associated problems and expenses? Not likely.
I owned an '02 Eldorado that would have had no problems with the horse trailer. Not real practical in other respects, tho . . . ;-)

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post #25 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 09:52 AM
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Just an aside. Find out when farmers are haying. That is the time to approach them, check out their hay. Some plant cattle forage while others plant horse hay which is also good for cattle. Horses don't eat some of the cattle forages like trefoil. A farmer likes to know in advance if part of his hay crop is as good as sold. Do check that he has a good place to store it, under a roof as you won't for a while. My hay man brings me a large round bale in ihs 4x4 and drops it in the field for me. He's been reliable and he's paid on the spot, cash. He'll come weekly if needed or will bring 5 if he and his wife plan a lengthy holiday.



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post #26 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 10:29 AM
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I agree with others that you don't HAVE to have a truck....but it really does make life easier. Sometimes its hard to find hay dealers that deliver (I haven't been able to find any here in Ohio where I just moved unless I pay a LOT more), also picking up things big things from lowes is always easier with a truck. A truck is a convenience but a very handy one. If I need to run out and grab hay last minute, I don't need to call around to find a trailer or borrow, need to move furniture? No problem. I feel like every family can get by without one but having one just helps in so many situations.
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post #27 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 10:38 AM
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We have a very basic six cylinder 2001 Toyota Tundra, no extra-cab, 8 foot bed. Besides towing moderate loads, we haul hay, lumber, fencing, wood chips, manure, gravel, goats, garbage, firewood, you name it, in that thing. It isn't the funnest to drive but it is indispensable to us. We aren't farmers. Just living rural is all.
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post #28 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 10:40 AM
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I went years without a truck. Always wanted one.
Finally, after getting back to work, I started saving specifically for a truck. I was going to stick to my guns, no being talked into another car. Not this time.

Well, my brother had a Pathfinder that he wanted to sell. He always maintains his vehicles very well, and the price he was offering it to me for was a super deal. So, I sort of have a truck. It has a truck chasee and I can tow up to 5,000 pounds with it. Did some research, I can tow a 10-12' stock trailer and 1 decent size horse comfortably, or 2 smaller ones. My Honey is 1,000 pounds, it works for me!

Having not been able to transport materials/hay/horse when I needed to or wanted to, if I'm having a horse it is more convenient to have something you can at least tow a trailer with.
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post #29 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 10:51 AM
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We have driven a Dodge Durango for the past 14 years. It has been a family car plus it has served as our pickup.

I haul wood, hay, horses, donkeys plus odd things like a shed and a skid steer.
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post #30 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 11:38 AM
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FWIW, I bought a truck before I bought my horse. I didn't have to. I could have gotten by without one by borrowing when I needed to haul or having hay delivered. But I'm glad I did. As it is, I don't have a horse trailer yet (or a flat bed for that matter) and having to borrow one is a PITA enough that I'm glad I don't have to borrow a truck too.

My horse boarding situation is a bit different. I have my horse in a corral/dry lot in a facility owned by the city. I lease the land but own all my structures (panels, barn, etc.) and tools. My horse is 100% my responsibility, as is the upkeep of the structure... although I can be kicked out for various violations. I have access to an arena across the road (easy walking distance), two round pens, a hot walker, free water at the watering station, a maintained manure pit to haul to, and a network of miles of trails that go into the river bottoman and out into the desert. My vet makes one or two big farm calls a month to the facility so I don't usually have to go to the clinic.

However, I use my truck a lot. For one thing I have to haul water; there is no running water available in my barn. For another thing, I have a utility trailer for hauling manure to the pit a couple of times a month. And when I have to buy large farm supply items like a new water tank or feeder or haul a saddle, it's really nice to have a truck. I'm also getting to a point where I will probably have to start hauling my horse to the arena in the next town on a regular basis since my son is getting ready to start 4-H and that is where they meet. Finally, the roads in the city facility are all dirt and it may take a few hours for them to get plowed after a big snow storm. Last year there were times when it would have been difficult for me to get to my horse when I needed to if I didn't have a truck.

People here can and do accomplish all of these things without a truck. But most don't and I'm glad I don't have to. If I had to do it all over again, I'd do the same thing and start my horse owning journey by trading in my car for a truck. But that's just me.
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