I’m so excited to share about my recent acquisition of a set of wheels for my ponies (well mostly Ernie). I’ve wanted a horse trailer since I originally brought horses home a few years ago, but I thought maybe I wouldn’t use it enough since once the retired horses came home what would there really be to do?
Fast forward a couple years and I really wished I had a trailer when Stampede was sick and I decided to take him to the local veterinary hospital. Trying to negotiate his transport was stressful, particularly because he was so big he couldn’t fit in a regular size trailer.
Then this past summer our barn had so many horses going to away shows that the 7 horse trailer was having to make two trips. Not so bad until you are on the second load and don’t get home until midnight on a Sunday after your horse was done showing at 2PM. Add on my interest in trail riding and dressage lessons, and it felt like I reached the point where it was a worthwhile investment. Of course the market for trailers, like most things currently, is crazy. I had been regularly looking through ads and contacting dealerships for quite a while when this trailer popped up in a Facebook group. The luckiest part was that the seller didn’t post it to a big group and didn’t post it to a trailer specific group. The seller was also hot for cash which worked in my favor. So I feel like I got a steal on this awesome 2020 Hawk trailer. Special thanks to Hillary for answering my questions and telling me what else to ask the seller, as well as helping me get equipped to pick up the trailer and bring it home.
The trailer was not super close, 4.5 hour drive each way if we didn’t stop, so we did get some good practice driving the trailer empty on the highway. Then weekend before last I was able to back up and hitch up on my first try and then I drove it to the boarding barn by myself where I practiced backing up with the trailer and then loaded Ernie on it to see what he thought. Of course Ernie got right on then wondered why we weren’t doing something, ha! I’m really so lucky to have such a good horse.
Of course it was snowing this past Sunday so I opted out of trailer practice but I did get some additional supplies set up in the trailer so it’s ready to go.
So excited for all our future trailer adventures! Feel free to share any tips to this trailer pulling newbie!