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post #31 of 42 Old 10-15-2015, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Jan1975 View Post
Wildfires are not a thing here (I'm in the Midwest). I've never actually heard of one here at all.
I live in the Midwest too.

And prairie fires can happen in the Midwest.

Not saying it's going to happen, but it's one of those things that you don't want to be scratching your head looking for a pickup when the prairie fire is coming toward your land. Plan ahead. Be prepared.
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post #32 of 42 Old 10-16-2015, 02:01 AM
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You don't necessarily have to have a truck to have a trailer. I own a Euro-style trailer (a two horse Brenderup) that is specifically designed to be pulled by a smaller vehicle, like a wide variety of SUVs. It works well for my needs which are short, local hauls and I can haul hay in it too (but also have a small flat bed, pulled by the same vehicle too). The Euro-style trailers aren't the right answer for everyone, but for my situation it works out really well.

Eventually I know I will want to upgrade to a truck and larger trailer (would love a 3 horse that can be converted between a slant load and stock style), but for my budget*** and needs right now the little Brenderup is fine.

***The Euro trailers are typically quite expensive. Mine was purchased as a fixer upper and the work was done to fix it in part by my husband and in part by a local trailer repair place.
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post #33 of 42 Old 10-16-2015, 12:57 PM
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Can you have a horse without a truck or trailer? Sure. It is just so much easier having at least the truck. You'll find it ends up being used for so many things other than towing a horse. We have several trucks, no trailer and get by fine. It is far easier to borrow a trailer rather than find someone that can haul a horse especially if it had to be on short notice. The vet makes house calls which helps but we have still needed to get a few to the clinic over the years. The hay man would gladly deliver for a fee. Much cheaper and easier to pick up what I need when I need it than wait on someone or have to worry about storage when I buy more than I need to make delivery reasonable. Hauling feed is so much easier in a truck than with a car. We never have had to worry about hauling rock, sand, base, gravel, building supplies - you name it that I would have to think about delivery if I only had a car. I'd gladly trade in one of the trucks for a car as my husband has a significant commute and it would help with the gas bill but he won't drive a car.
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post #34 of 42 Old 10-16-2015, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by george the mule View Post
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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I have a USA/ F250 extend cab full size 4x4, it is an 06. We haul a 24ft stock trailer fully loaded when I showed my 2 drafts, can put up to 176 bales of hay in the trailer and haul it with my truck, we've NEVER had a lick of trouble with my truck. So not sure what you mean by associated problems...and the cost wasn't that bad as Ford gives an AQHA member a decent discount too.
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post #35 of 42 Old 10-16-2015, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
It is fun, however, it's is a LOT OF WORK.
Yeah, I know. I had horses (at our house) when I was a kid, but they lived in a huge (like 40 acre) pasture and only came in their stalls during the day when the weather was super bad. They were much easier to take care of that way! I think they even spent most nights outside when it was nice.

I also really enjoy hanging out w/ the other people at the barn where we take lessons. However, as a kid, I have so many great memories of just messing around on my horse and I think my kids are missing out!
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post #36 of 42 Old 10-17-2015, 03:16 PM
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I got great news!!!! Im so happy! Had a talk with the BO and he said he doesnt care if i tape myself! Yay to more videos from me! I jist told him how i like to observe myself afterwards cause i pick up stuff i wouldnt have during it and he said he totally understands.

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post #37 of 42 Old 10-17-2015, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by enh817 View Post
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
Dang, now I want a Cadillac hot rod and trailer. That's awesome. LOL!

(just kidding, but I do find it hilarious!)
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post #38 of 42 Old 10-17-2015, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by MomH View Post
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.
I actually drive a 2014 Pathfinder right now. :) I believe the 2013 & newer Pathfinders are actually on a car chassis instead of a truck, not sure if that matters. I guess I could look to see the towing capacity. Maybe I could pull a 2-horse trailer. Not sure I want hay in the back of my car though. I'm sort of a clean freak about it.
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post #39 of 42 Old 10-17-2015, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Jan1975 View Post
Dang, now I want a Cadillac hot rod and trailer. That's awesome. LOL!

(just kidding, but I do find it hilarious!)
Hi Jan, All!

Well, I _don't_ think it's a Caddy; maybe an old Lincoln . . . Don't matter. Who sez ya need a trailer? Enjoy!


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post #40 of 42 Old 10-17-2015, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Jan1975 View Post
Dang, now I want a Cadillac hot rod and trailer. That's awesome. LOL!

(just kidding, but I do find it hilarious!)
Chris ledoux(sp?) has a song about hauling with a coupe deville...lolol... Love that song!
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