Tundra Limited with the horse trailer

Horse Show Review of the Toyota Tundra Limited

I recently had a chance to submit the Toyota Tundra Limited to one of the most tougher tests I have in my new truck testing repertoire - the horse show - and today I look at how well the Double Cab Toyota pickup served as our mission control for a weekend at the show grounds.

If you have never read one of my previous Horse Show Reviews, or if you have never been to a horse show, let me give you a quick rundown of the weekend before getting into my rundown of the Toyota Tundra Limited’s performance.

We take two horses to most shows, so we take the two horses in a bumper-pull 2-horse trailer that weighs right around 5,000lbs with just the horses and the trailer. In addition to the horses, we need saddles and tack for both horses, grooming supplies which are loaded into a 100lb tack trunk, a muck bucket and pitch forks, a hand cart that we use to move haul things around the grounds, chairs and a small folding table, water buckets and the daily supplies for the horses – including grain, hay and bedding.

These horse shows are generally four day events with travel, so we take 50lbs of grain, 4 bales of hay (around 240-250lbs) and six packages of compressed wood shavings which don’t weigh much, but they take up quite bit of space, even when compressed into packages which are roughly 4 feet tall and 2 feet thick. Finally, we have a cooler with drinks and food, along with all of the clothing items needed for my wife to show and for me to clean horses and stalls for a weekend.

We head to the show grounds early in the morning when it is still dark and fairly cold outside, but by the afternoon, the temperatures have risen to a point where the riders need a cool place to relax between classes. Because of that, my test trucks at the horse shows idle pretty much all day long next to the stable, giving the riders in our group somewhere to stay warm in the morning and stay cool in the afternoon.

Basically, we hook up the loaded trailer, fill the bed, fill the cab and pile in for a 2-4 hour drive which usually ends on a rough, muddy road. Once we arrive at the show venue, the trailer is dropped, the truck is emptied out and it is parked – running - for several days before being reloaded and driven back home.

Hauling in the Tundra Limited
The first portion of the horse show weekend began at home, where we loaded up the Toyota Tundra Limited with all of the items which can’t be transported safely in the bed or in the trailer. This includes the bridles, the show halters and the two saddles with all of the pads which go between the horse and the saddle. We buckle the expensive saddles into the outboard rear seats and hang the bridles/halters on the headrests and on the hanger hooks over the rear doors.

tundra ltd rear seats

My Tundra test truck was fitted with the smaller Double Cab and in some cases, the smaller rear doors can make loading a saddle into the rear seats problematic. However, the smaller rear doors of the Double Cab Tundra open wide enough to give straight-in access to the rear seating area, so there was no wiggling to get the saddles without banging against the inside of the doors. Also, some trucks – even those in the half ton class – have a tight enough rear seating area that saddles won’t comfortably fit behind the front seats, but the Tundra Double Cab had room to spare with the saddles buckled into place. After the saddles and bridles were loaded, we packed in our clothing for the week around them and thanks to the standard running boards – my wife was able to easily load things into the high-riding pickup.

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