Voice of ex­pe­ri­ence

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

I’m glad to see you did an ar­ti­cle on util­ity ve­hi­cles (“More Horse­power,” Tack & Gear, EQUUS 488). How­ever, you left out some key buy­ing points. There is more to buy­ing a util­ity ve­hi­cle than horse­power, tow­ing ca­pac­ity and bed load. For ranch pur­poses you need to know ground clear­ance, ride qual­ity and ac­ces­sory op­tions for the front, roof, sides and back.

Util­ity ve­hi­cles can be equipped to do mul­ti­ple func­tions around the ranch be­sides throw­ing hay or mov­ing things from one place to an­other. And they are so much more com­fort­able for seniors, dis­abled per­sons and any­one with back, hip or knee prob­lems want­ing to keep their horses but need­ing a lit­tle help to do work around the prop­erty.

A lot of peo­ple buy quads be­cause they are much less ex­pen­sive than the util­ity ve­hi­cles. But not only is the ride qual­ity poorer, the pos­ture of bend­ing for­ward is very hard on your back. Quads are also very limited in their use around a ranch.

Oth­ers go for a golf cart, but here again they are very low to the ground, lack horse­power and have very limited use around the ranch. Sure they can shut­tle you from place to place, and you can put a small bed on the back to use to feed hay. But you can’t pull a weed sprayer, chain har­row, ma­nure spreader, etc., nor can you put a snow­plow on the front.

Util­ity ve­hi­cles aren’t just for of­froad­ers or hunters. They can be very use­ful around the farm. I am 60 years old and have a Po­laris EFI 800 that I have owned for five years, and I use it ev­ery sin­gle day. Tr­ish Geer Te­mec­ula, Cal­i­for­nia

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