Rate to haul horse
I tried searching the forums so please forgive me for posting this again, as I know this has been discussed on here before.
What is a reasonable amount to charge to haul a horse for someone? I know this person, we live in the same town. I would be trailering it about 40 miles.
Do most people charge per loaded mile? Or would I charge for 80 miles since I will be driving 40, dropping off said horse, but then have to drive 40 miles back home with an empty trailer.
Generally, you figure only loaded miles, because you could be hauling something else back.
The going rate starts at .60 for some commercial haulers and goes up to $2.- for private ones, depending on so much else than just the miles, like if you are a trainer hauling to a show for your clients, etc.
Be sure you have proper insurance to haul for pay, or if something happens, you may be in trouble.
For my clients, I charge:
* Loaded – 1 horse $1.25 per mile
* Loaded – 2 horses $0.75 per mile per horse ($1.50 total per mile)
* Loaded – 3+ horses $0.60 per mile per horse ($1.80 total per mile)
* Unloaded $1.00 per mile
(we're in California, truck is a diesel dually, and I'm hauling local - to horse shows, clinics, etc)
I would still charge for the unloaded return, since it's still using fuel (w/ trailer still attached), my time, & I wouldn't otherwise be going there. That's why the "unloaded" rate is lower.
However, please be careful. Are you a trainer with insurance, or just a friend willing to help out? Do not take any $$ if you are friend - or at least don't have a verbal/written agreement about providing a service. If you don't have insurance & are covered for trailering other people's horses, you could get stuck in some serious problems if an accident happens.
Most friends just load up together, don't say a word about the "arrangement," and maybe a $20 bill shows up on your dashboard at the end of the day. :) If this person really needs her horse hauled somewhere, I'd leave that to someone who hauls for a living / has insurance to cover the situation.
A few years ago, the going rate was about $1/mi. They charged for the round trip. Another person charged $2/mi, but I did not use them.
Some people also have "hookup" fees - so a flat rate just to trailer and then charge by the mile as well. Might be something like $50 hookup and then $1/mi. That may only be for a loaded mile though - which may be why there's a hookup fee - to cover gas for the trip back and some wear and tear on the vehicles.
I dont haul professionally... just for friends and such.
I usually fill my truck up when I leave, then have them fill it back up after the haul :lol:
that works pretty good.. Im not sure what that is per mile though
I think there are several factors involved as one of the other posters mentioned - if you charge (as in to earn money) then you may be required to carry additional insurance (and might also depend on the weight of the trailer) vs. doing a friend a favor where you would essentially be reimbursed for cost. You might check the current IRS mileage rate to see what it is - I think its around $0.55 per mile. The IRS factors in insurance and wear & tear on vehicle. For example I recently got reimbursed for mileage thru my job. I got a check for $20 for 37 miles of travel. My car gets about 24 MPG so my fuel cost was probably about $6.00 - so the IRS rate is $14 more than my approximate fuel cost.