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Equipping Your Horse Farm, Tractors, Trailers and Other Implements by Cherry Hill

Equipping Your Horse Farm
Tractors, Trailers, Trucks and More
by Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh

Equipping Your Horse Farm
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"...this book could potentially save you thousands of dollars..."
- Pat Ingram, The American Quarter Horse Journal, March 2008

UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO DO everything with horses in harness, most horse farms need a tractor and all the assorted toys that make it handy. Choosing the appropriate tractor, of course, affects which accessories you will need and want.

The authors advise that you select a tractor less than 5 years old if you choose to go used. There are thousands of used tractors around, most of which are older than the prospective owners, and they have their crotchets and quirks. A newer tractor will be less likely to tell you "not today" when you turn the key (and we won't even get into crankstarted models).

This book helps you evaluate your needs and select the tractor appropriate to them. Most commonly you'll need a way to haul and spread manure, harrow and mow pastures, haul hay and bedding, drag arenas, clean pens and maintain the farm roads, including a little plowing after a snowfall.

After you've selected the tractor of your dreams, you have to maintain it properly. Klimesh and Hill give you recommendations that will help keep your tractor running reliably. They also give maintenance recommendations for horse trailers and other types of trailers, trucks and other equipment found on the farm.

I liked the discussion of the skid steer vehicles, which seem like the way to go when working in small, right spaces, and have a lot to offer in performance. They steer by applying power to the wheels, nor by a steering wheel, and thus leave pronounced tracks in their wake, not always a good thing. They also require that the user get in the front of the vehicle, climbing over the bucket or attachment, which can be awkward, and you tend to ear a lot of dust during use.

Helpful, handy, informative - this book could potentially save you thousands of dollars in bad decisions.


"...an authoritative, comprehensive handbook..." M. Hofferber Bookseller, January 2008

Cherry Hill provides in-depth information on every aspect of selecting, maintaining, and using the two most essential pieces of equipment — tractors and horse trailers. Accompanied by photographs and illustrations, she guides the reader through an evaluation of the options available in tractors, from horsepower and transmission options to tires and appearance. A checklist is included detailing what to look for if considering a used tractor.

On trailers, readers will find the answers to all their questions, beginning with the kind of trucks and hookup required for towing various capacity trailers to selecting the appropriate truck hitch. The thorough discussion of trailers details options in floor plans, loading entry, suspension, and accomodations for both horses and owners: tack room, living quarters, windows and vents, lights, feeders, and more.

Hill also discusses the smaller farm implements found on many horse farms, including loaders, discs, harrows, manure spreaders, mowers, post-hole diggers, hay balers, and wagons. Equipping Your Horse Farm is an authoritative, comprehensive handbook that every horse farmer will want to consult before investing in these critical items of farm equipment..


"...a buyer’s guide for equine facility owners..." The Book Stall @ Farmer's Market Online, May 2007

Whether they are small or large, horse farms have specific heavy equipment needs that usually include a tractor, a truck, and a trailer. This book is a buyer’s guide for equine facility owners, helping readers assess their needs and make intelligent purchases.

“Balance your budget with your wish lists, keeping suitability and compatibility in mind,” advise authors Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh. Their book is packed with charts, lists and worksheets for figuring out what equipment you need and how it will be maintained.

In addition to tractors, trucks and trailers, they cover tractor implements, hitches, skid steers and wheel loaders, and all-purpose vehicles. A glossary of farm equipment terms is included along with tips on safety and maintenance.


"...authors..bring order to the potential chaos of choices..." Western Horseman, March 2007

AND YOU THOUGHT FENCING a pasture, building a barn and buying the horses was all there was to enjoying your favorite sport. If you've gotten that far, you've probably also figured out that you need all kinds of horsepower to keep your horse operation running smoothly, including tractors, trailers, trucks, manure spreaders, front end loaders, mowers, balers and more.

In Equipping Your Horse Farm, industry pros and authors Cherry Hill and Richard Klimesh bring order to the potential chaos of choices available at your local truck, trailer and tractor dealers.

The husband-and-wife team first helps you evaluate your equipment needs, then offers guidelines for selecting the right equipment for the job, choosing appropriate implements, and taking good care of all your purchases.

As always, Hill and Klimesh know their subject matter because they use such equipment daily on their own horse operation. As a result, they understand critical safety issues and the importance of routine maintenance, and, best of all, they're willing to share their expertise. To that end, the authors have also included driving tips and trip checklists in the appendices, as well as a glossary and list of resources. - FS


"...readers will find the answers to all their questions..." www.tractor-trailer.somjung.org, October 2007

Cherry Hill, the best-selling author of Horsekeeping on a Small Acreage, the classic book that has guided thousands of horse owners in establishing farms, now shares her expertise in an important, related topic: equipping the horse farm.

Hill provides in-depth information on every aspect of selecting, maintaining, and using the two most essential pieces of equipment - tractors and horse trailers. Accompanied by photographs and illustrations, she guides the reader through an evaluation of the options available in tractors, from horsepower and transmission options to tires and appearance. A checklist is included detailing what to look for if considering a used tractor.

On trailers, readers will find the answers to all their questions, beginning with the kind of trucks and hookup required for towing various capacity trailers to selecting the appropriate truck hitch. The thorough discussion of trailers details options in floor plans, loading entry, suspension, and accomodations for both horses and owners: tack room, living quarters, windows and vents, lights, feeders, and more.

Hill also discusses the smaller farm implements found on many horse farms, including loaders, discs, harrows, manure spreaders, mowers, post-hole diggers, hay balers, and wagons. Equipping Your Horse Farm is an authoritative, comprehensive handbook that every horse farmer will want to consult before investing in these critical items of farm equipment.


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