Poll Recap: Tractor Tendencies

Poll Recap: Tractor Tendencies

Of the 530 voters, 63% said they own a tractor, while 10% said they borrow a tractor if they need one.

Photo: Kevin Thompson/The Horse

In last week's online poll, TheHorse.com asked about your tendencies when you need a tractor for tough horse-related chores. Five hundred thirty readers responded, and we've tallied the results

Of the 530 voters, 334 (63%) said they own a tractor, so they simply turn the key and go. Another 51 respondents (10%) said they borrow a tractor from their neighbors or friends, and 19 voters (4%) said they'll rent one if the need arises. Seventy-six readers (14%) said they do without a tractor, while the remaining 50 voters (9%) said they have no need for one. Additionally, 57 respondents provided comments about their individual situations.

Some respondents described their tractors and how they use them regularly:

  • "Could not run a 10 horse barn without my tractor. It saves me hours of work each week."
  • "All our tractors are antique but still run like a charm!"
  • "Three different kinds so I always have the right one for the job."
  • "Couldn't survive without my tractor! Got one big enough to move round (hay) rolls."
  • "We have an old Ford that has a loader which is invaluable to the operation of our farm."
  • "We have a small garden tractor that we haul and empty manure with."
  • "I use my lawn tractor with a cart for heavy jobs, up to a point. I hire a man with a tractor for other jobs."

Others shared how they make do without their own tractor:

  • "I hook up the Belgian horse."
  • "I borrow the neighbor along with the tractor. He gets the work done much faster."
  • "I live on an Amish farm, so we use Shires or mules."
  • "I'm a boarder but I do see the need for a working tractor at all facilities."
  • "I use a four wheeler and hand tools."
  • "We have a farm truck."

And others are simply hoping and dreaming for a tractor in their future:

  • "If wishes were horses, I would buy one!"
  • "Wish I could afford one. It would be nice to have but I do without."
  • "Would love to have one, but there are other equipment items I need more."

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About the Author

Erica Larson, News Editor

Erica Larson, news editor, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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