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10 Ways Your Truck Is Like Your Horse (& Vice-Versa)

As equestrians, we can’t really live without either.

All the loves of my life in one frame. Photo by Maria Wachter.

All the loves of my life in one frame. Photo by Maria Wachter.

Equestrians can be identified by the equine company they keep and the trucks they drive. Trucks and horses might have more in common than we think.

1. Sometimes the older they are, the more reliable they are. Just like a seasoned horse, those old trucks keep going, going and going. They might not be as fancy as the newer models, but they’ve withstood the test of time. A half a million miles and still going strong.

2. All they do is drain you dry. All your money is spent on hay for your horse and fuel for your truck. Your horse is hungry again before he’s done with his first meal, and your truck averages -3 miles a gallon. No wonder you’re always broke.

3. A lame horse is like a broken truck. Neither of them will get you very far, and hopefully you’ll get them both up and running sound so you’re not without a means of transportation. Sometimes you need to call a professional, and sometimes you can handle it yourself.

4. You probably have a cute name for horse and also one for your truck. After all, 90% of your time is spent at the barn or driving to and from the barn.

5. You will realize you can’t ride color. No matter how good they look, if they can’t get the job done… bye bye.

6. Craigslist is the best place to shop for a deal for horses and old trucks. Sometimes you’ll score, sometimes you’ll be burnt.

7. If it doesn’t work out, Craigslist is also a great place to get rid of your bad decision. If you don’t believe us, check out Horse Nation’s Best of Craigslist column.

8. The more you spend, the more you might be judged. If you show up to the barn with a 2017 dually with loaded everything, heated leather seats, a backup camera, and a truck that talks to you in five different languages, people will think you are rich — because after all those new trucks cost the same as a new house.

If you show up to the barn with an imported Dutch Warmblood from Holland the only responds to cues in a different language and comes with its own set of grooms, you will also be judged. Sorry, we can’t help ourselves.

9. We’re very loyal to our brand and breed. If you’re a Dodge person, you won’t be caught dead in a Ford and vice-versa. If you’re a die-hard Quarter horse person, we probably also won’t catch you riding an Arabian or Tennessee Walker.

10. Sometimes we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to hoarding. You can never have enough horses… or trucks. So, we’ll be broke getting there, but at least with a collection of them, we’ll never be broke down.

Go trucks. Go riding.

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