Anyone got horses?

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  1. IanW

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    We are planning on getting some horses in the future and need to get some wheels that will do the towing.

    The requirements are:
    1. Suitable for proper off road towing, mainly field work.
    2. Sensible fuel consumption
    3. Sensible fuel tax
    4. No too slow
    5. Must be safe (got nipper to cart round) ;)
    6. Good specification of equipment
    7. Upto £18,000 and under 3 years old

    My obvious choice is the Freelander 2 HSE, but I was wondering about:
    1. Volvo XC70
    2. Volvo XC90
    3. Subaru Outback
    4. Audi Allroad

    Does anyone have horses and what do they use for towing?

    Cheers,

    Ian.
     
  2. Oily

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    We have but we have a Ford Cargo horsebox :rotfl: and we also use our Alfa 156 JTD,rock solid but not good for the off road bit :smashin:

    The usual suspects crop up for towing,Discovery,Land Cruiser,Shogun,Range Rover,Isuzu Big Horn etc
     
  3. Kristian

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    We use a Nissan X-Trail 2.2D and an old Disco.

    You've got to remember that a horse trailer weighs a fair bit as do the horses so the weight of the tow vehicle is important.
     
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    If you're thinking Freelander then there are some great bargains to be had from mainline dealers, Land Rover have been one of the worst hit by depreciation so whatever you buy now can't possibly fall much more.

    Similarly Jeeps are bargains right now.

    Today I'm picking up an 08 Jeep Patriot Limited with the 2.0 volkswagen tdi engine and 4000 miles for a ridiculous £11,995. More suitable for you would be a Grand Cherokee with the excellent 3litre diesel Mercedes engine. 1 and 2 year old examples can be found at Jeep dealers for as little as £14,000 and for this you get ridiculous amounts of kit and comfort and acceptable economy.

    Take a look at the Jeep and Land Rover used car locators, mainstream dealers are hard to beat at the moment.
     
  5. F1Boy

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    Hi IanW,

    How about a double cab Nissan Navara...? Can seat five in comfort and have great equipment levels (esp the top-of-the-range Aventura). Think you can get brand new ones for that kind of money at the moment!

    They can also tow over two-and-a-half tons and, as it's classed as a commercial vehicle road tax is £180 per year.

    Fuel economy is about 27mpg combined (at least that's what I'm getting from mine) and can get over 30mpg on the motorway.

    There's another (at least one) user on here with a Navara too - hopefully he'll post his thoughts as well.

    Cheers,

    Matt
     
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    go for a grand cherokee 4.7 V8 - it will tow a house!

    the merc diesel is not as good as some may think

    and given the price drop in large petrol 4x4's the V8 represents excellent value for money - and its very quick!!

    will leave Overfinch Range Rovers!!
     
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    and the tax costs the earth I imagine :rolleyes:

    If you want a proper horsey car you need a 2.5tdi Defender, can pull trees out of the ground and have enough style and agility to do the town when needed.

    Softroaders cannot compete.

    If you want speed, buy a Scooby.
     
  8. IanW

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    Ah I miss my scooby :(
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    even more than the evo :devil:
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    I love the Defender, it is such a rugged bugger! But then I am afraid that we like the creature comforts too much, so it would have to be a Freelander or Disco. :blush:

    Ian.
     
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    the Disco has awesome off road ability, damn good value as well.

    I've seen one complete a proper off road course on road tyres, pics to follow :D

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    Yes, this did cross my mind, but not sure that off road tyres can handle that sort of power delivery, I think they would end up as slicks! :rolleyes:
     
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    well that must be some good multi purpose tyres out there for the X5 and porky Canyonero
     
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    i'm assuming that anybody with horses is fairly affluent so road tax should be the least of their worries

    a friend trains racehorses and i've seen vets bills etc:eek:

    with the Defender you will certainly spend plenty at the garage in repair bills!

    regarding speed - the Grand Cherokee V8 offer luxury high performance whilst being one of the very best offroaders around - and i've driven or owned most inc RR's

    sadly the SRT8 is poor offroad because of limited ground clearance
     
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    the problem is that there is no real compromise tyre for high performance 4x4'

    if you put 'offroad' tyres on these vehicles you really are going to come seriously unstuck on the road!!

    if its just offroad into fields etc then the Goodyear Wrangler F1 or Pirelli Scorpion are about as good as it gets whilst still delivering excellent high performance on road handling

    if you want serious offroad tyres then it means a spare set of wheels/tyres

    i keep a set of offroad wheels/tyres in Scotland for my fishing/deerstalking trips - there is no way on Gods earth i'd drive all the way to Scotland on them!!
     
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    really, my sisters 110 never has any problems and spends half its life towing the horsebox.:rolleyes:
    My mates 90, the red one above, never goes wrong and it spends its time tearing up the mud.

    The OP stated car tax is to be considered
     
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    and the OP said not too slow and good spec - the Defender fails!

    i ran several Defenders 110/90 in a pro use offroad for a few years - and they are good but the 110 suffers overhang in difficult terrain

    but on road they leave a hell of a lot to be desired - long journeys are tiresome to say the least

    i'd agree they are an excellent 'utility' vehicle and leave it at that

    they are now overshadowed by vehicles with the same offroad capability that are a joy to drive on road

    and btw i'm not knocking landrover - love the marque but see its shortfalls - i was trained in offroad driving by Landrover factory guys!!

    and used to demo said vehicles at promotion days
     
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    Freelander is an excellent choice, having car trailers with them and done several Land Rover days - the off road capabilities are incredible, even on low profile road tyres etc....

    The X Trail is another excellent choice, a better car on the road IMO than the Freelander (better handling etc) but not as good off it....

    4WD Estates will be ok and certainly the better 'car' but for the towing vehicle you are a lot better off with a proper 4x4.
     
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    Nissan Pathfinder, it works better offroad than onroad and is cheap...
     
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    Horse stew with dumplings and a quad bike :)

    Horse steaks are quite tasty on a barbie btw.
     
  20. IanW

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    :eek:

    Actually, when I told my friend that we had bought our field, he said "Great an off road rallycross circuit!" :clap:

    The field is for the horses, end of conversation! :lesson:

    Ian.
     
  21. IanW

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    Slow down there fella, I would not say that we are affluent. It is all about what you spend you money on. :lesson:

    The exact reason why the towing machine must make financial sense.

    Ian.
     
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    After reading your posts I have to say that maybe I am leaning more towards a DISCO 3, I am about worried about the towing capacity of some lesser machines. Plus, you can pick up a HSE V6TDI (fully loaded) less than 3 years old for about £13k. :clap: This wagon would have been close to £40k new. :eek:

    Ian.
     
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    Cracking car... can't go wrong with the performance, looks are questionable mind!
     
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    Completely forgot the Disco, would be a much much better choice than the Freelander.
     
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    I have just bought a Discovery 3. It the dogs!:smashin:
     

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