The thing about transportation.....
I have been thinking quite a bit about the best (easiest/ cheapest/most convenient) way of transporting my possible future horse.
As I see it, there are these options:
- Buy a horse truck and use this as the only vehicle. This option depends on how accessible the stable is using public transport.
- Buy a horse truck and a very cheap tiny car for every day purposes.
- Buy a good sturdy SUV and a horse trailer.
- Buy a good sturdy SUV and only rent a trailer when needed.
So lets have a look at these options in more detail.
1. Buy a horse truck and use this as the only vehicle. This option depends on how accessible the stable is using public transport.
Not really an option, the more I think about it I realize that I am too sick of public transportation to be able to do this, I need to be able to drive to the stable when I feel like it, and driving the truck will be expensive in gas and also cause an issue with parking at home due to it's size.
2. Buy a horse truck and a very cheap tiny car for every day purposes.
By far the most expensive option, but also the most convenient, both for me and the horse. I can use a cheap small car to get to and from the stable and when I need to drive the horse we will take the truck.
Of course, this does mean that 2 vehicles have to be purchased, and mainained, which is a huge price tag.
3. Buy a good sturdy SUV and a horse trailer.
This option is economically sound, as a trailer is basically a one-time cost and has a very cheap insurance. Also, owning one SUV is affordable. So, I would vote for this option to be the most money-friendly while still being convenient. I could use the car in everyday life going to the stable.
Another good point with this option is that I had this before, so I know what car and trailer I can combine into a legal pair for my drivers license type.
What I dont like about this option is that a trailer is less comfortable for the horse than a truck, and a lot harder to reversing. I s-u-c-k at reversing a trailer.
4. Buy a good sturdy SUV and only rent a trailer when needed.
Not really an option if I want to save time and have freedom. Is the cheapest if I only drive rarely, but if I want to start competing this isnt viable, and after 1-2 years I will have paid more in rent than actually buying my own trailer that I can care for in my own pedantic ways. Plus this needs to be picked up at the rental place before I can even start anything.
This was a very nice way of getting my thought collected and a helicopter view over the options. There are only 2 that I feel that I can really chooce between, and thats 2 and 3. And there its cost vs comfort that will have to battle it out.
For sure, more investigations are needed. More will follow.