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post #1 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at buying a horse but no truck to pull trailer?

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I am looking at purchasing a horse and everything is working out well except for the fact that I do not have a truck to pull a trailer. I have found a small 2 horse trailer in my price range but buying a truck is not at all in the cards finically for me. I've looked at used trucks but unfortunately I live in an area where the options are few and far between and still run about 16,000+. My current car is a small toyota corolla that I seriously doubt could pull anything. Does anyone else have this dilemma or a solution? Thank you so much!
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 04:06 PM
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You don't HAVE to have a truck and trailer to own a horse. It kinda sucks having to rely on other people, but I did it for years. Hauled to shows, or trail rides, or vet with friends.
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 04:07 PM
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you do not need a horse trailer, if you have Vets that make ranch calls, farriers come out to you, if you need to trailer to a show, do you have friends that would haul for half the cost of gas, or x amt per show ? I had horses for many years before I had a trailer. I had a truck, not a car,
so that I could get hay. Sell your car and get a truck, finance it.
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 04:17 PM
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Do you mean in general or just to get the horse home?
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Do you mean in general or just to get the horse home?
I have someone who can get him home, but I would be competing in barrels which involves regular travel but I suppose I could go with a friend who is competing as well. My current car is paid off and I can't afford s truck payment ,as a another poster suggested, and the horse together.
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 04:45 PM
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It is quite do-able, even if not always convenient or ideal.
Find a vet who does farm calls, or a mobile vet. Make friends with neighbors and friends. Be prepared to repay gas, help out with oil changes here and there and provide fresh baked goods, or exchange a service you can provide.
There are also horse hauling companies who can be called upon.
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 04:57 PM
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As suggested ride share in exchange for some sort of repayment and gas money, and if possible begin stashing away a few bucks each month in a savings account for a truck. It'll take a while, but you'll get there.

I would however price hauling companies (with good records and reviews of course) and see which option would be more financially sensible, paying for gas/ oil changes/ tires/ or helping out a friend can sometimes be more expensive depending on where you'll be hauling to.

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I've drove many great 4000$ trucks it don't have to look good to get you there are you sure you can afford a horse the tend to run up bills pretty fast will you be able to give it the proper care vet trips feed farrier visits all these are things to be considered before the horse comes home I have a emergency fund set aside just for these things we all know horses are a walking accident and it don't take very long to run up a couple thousand in vet bills just food for thought.but as others have pointed out a good friend is hard to beat when it comes to these things
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I've drove many great 4000$ trucks it don't have to look good to get you there are you sure you can afford a horse the tend to run up bills pretty fast will you be able to give it the proper care vet trips feed farrier visits all these are things to be considered before the horse comes home I have a emergency fund set aside just for these things we all know horses are a walking accident and it don't take very long to run up a couple thousand in vet bills just food for thought.but as others have pointed out a good friend is hard to beat when it comes to these things
Just because a person cannot afford a new truck, does not mean they cannot afford a horse. Maybe any money that would potentially go toward a truck, is actually going toward horse. You have no idea if the OP has $5.00, or $5000 saved in the bank. Yes, that could easily buy a person a decent truck, but if it were me and I didn't NEED a truck, that money would already be in an emergency fund for the horse.

I own two mares, and a truck. Thankfully I got a seriously good deal on my truck since I bought it off a family friend and they had way too many vehicles, otherwise I never would have bought it. I COULD have afforded it brand new if I had wanted, but I chose to put that money in the bank for emergencies only.
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I've drove many great 4000$ trucks it don't have to look good to get you there are you sure you can afford a horse the tend to run up bills pretty fast will you be able to give it the proper care vet trips feed farrier visits all these are things to be considered before the horse comes home I have a emergency fund set aside just for these things we all know horses are a walking accident and it don't take very long to run up a couple thousand in vet bills just food for thought.but as others have pointed out a good friend is hard to beat when it comes to these things
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I live in an area where the options are few and far between and still run about 16,000+.
i can see this -- i remember living in anchorage and alaska and even the price for a used truck was ridiculous
if it had a running motor, and possibly a windshield - it would be $2,500 minimum
if it had 4whel drive with a running motor and no windshield -- $5k minimum

that was 20 years ago
not sure what it is like now
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