|Lookin' sharp at Von Holten Ranch.|
The truck is a 1999 Ford F250 Superduty with the coveted 7.3L engine – it’s also diesel with a standard transmission (my two least favorite parts about it, haha). Extended cab, long bed, 4WD, the works.
We bought it when it became clear that my towing needs had outstripped the capacities of my beloved 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 (although it’s still rolling right along as our hay/miscellaneous farm chores truck).
|Picking up the trailer 7 years ago.|
|The first time I drove the diesel with the trailer -- ack! It was nerve-wracking.|
|Earning it's keep hauling hay -- 50 bales in the bed? No sweat!|
|That time when I finally got around to acid washing the trailer and it looked brand new again haha.|
|Topaz and Ruby hanging out at the trailer at a clinic I went to a few years back.|
The tack room is spacious and I love the gooseneck for storing lots of things that are convenient to have in a trailer, but that take up a lot of space (like 5-6 folding chairs, a canopy, several Rubbermaid totes, etc). There is a rack for 3 saddles, copious bridle hooks, and another hook for hanging clothes. I've never had a horse not fit into the slants, from Topaz (16 hands and 1350 lbs) to Jasper (much, much smaller haha). Although I really wanted a ramp when I was trailer shopping, the step up is a reasonable height and most horses load into it quite well.
We recently installed Kensington trailer screens (LOVE) to increase airflow to the horses, and I’m still eyeballing fans and a camera as ideas for long-term upgrades.