I’ve had my trailer (an Ifor Williams 505) for just over a year now which has had me thinking about the many many uses it has..
Being able to chose where and when I want to go for a lesson, only having to rely on my partner to come with me is fantastic. Pea and I are lucky to have found a good instructor who we travel to regularly.
Before I had the trailer I had only competed at home or (once) when paying for transport. Having the trailer has made the ordeal of going out to compete so much more realistic – yes I’ve only managed it once so far but watch this space! I know in the modern world you can compete from the comfort of your own yard over the internet but I just don’t feel like that has the same achievement factor for me.
Obviously these reasons are the whole purpose of a trailer, but then we have the more bizarre uses..
A year ago we moved all my belongings (and my precious pony) across counties and two weeks ago we moved house again! We had no need to hire a van or removal people, the trailer had things sussed. We did get a few funny looks and remarks from our new neighbours though, particularly when it was sat, unhitched in front of our drive!
As well as moving the belongings we already had, since we moved house this time, the trailer has been with us to B & Q to buy building supplies for the new wall under our stairs! We watched a few people strapping plaster board to the top of their cars and felt quite smug we just had to slide it into the trailer.
More often than not I use my trailer as a changing room when I get to the yard after work. When the yard is busy with kids, clients and the boss’s husband, an enclosed space with limited windows is perfect for a quick change!
My guinea pigs have temporarily moved into a trailer (in their hutch) before when I stayed at the yard for pony camp (they wouldn’t have been safe if they were exposed to the yard pets!) and our goats have a beat up old trailer as their field shelter so trailers can come in use as temporary housing too.
Following on from the idea of using a trailer to house animals, I’m adamant that it would make a good alternative to a tent if more plush accommodation wasn’t available.. my other half isn’t so keen!
I would love to hear if you have any other good uses for a horse trailer!