Putting the Tractor Before the Horse

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Horse owner Richard Wagner wishes he’d done more thorough research before buying a tractor to ease the workload on his 35-acre horse property in Gainesboro, Tennessee, last year. Although he’s satisfied with most aspects of the equipment, he says it’s important to ask a lot of questions prior to purchasing. “Read, talk to people with experience, and ask every question you can think of.”

If you’re considering buying a tractor, here are the things you need to take into account. Resolving these issues prior to purchase will save you work, money, and aggravation.

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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