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Choosing the Right Horse Trailer for Your Traveling Lifestyle

One of the most difficult (and most fun) parts of buying a new trailer is sorting out all the options available in horse trailers for sale.  In today’s market, you can literally have anything you can imagine installed in a new custom horse trailer, or pick up a used model with some pretty sleek features you might have never considered.  When you’re planning a horse trailer purchase, it’s important to seriously consider how you travel with your horse. 

Matching your travel style to the right type of horse trailer can save you lots of frustration and money in the long run, so before you buy a new model, consider how you and your horse’s needs might be met by these types of trailers:

Stock trailer.  These basic no muss, no fuss trailers are great for weekend trail riders who don’t travel far, they’re also awesome utility trailers for horses who never leave the farm except to visit the vet or the farrier.  Since you can transport different types of livestock in a stock trailer, they’re the most useful type of trailer for someone who owns other species of animals.  Horses like stock trailers, too.  They provide excellent ventilation, but aren’t always the roomiest -- make sure you choose a model with at least a seven foot tall roof for a medium sized horse.

Basic horse trailer.  The most basic horse trailer models have room for horses, but little else.  They may have some tack storage scattered in lockers under hay feeders or tucked in empty spaces created by slant loading stalls.  These trailers are good for travel to and from trail rides and nearby competitions, but they don’t afford much in the way of storage or camping facilities.  Day Trippers will love the affordability, but sleeping in the truck over a long weekend can be absolutely exhausting.

Trailer with dressing room.  A dressing room affords more options to the weekend horse traveler, you can store a few things in the small room and there’s usually space to set up a cot inside.  If you’re considering a gooseneck trailer, the area above the gooseneck can be outfitted with a bunk, making a dressing room a really viable option for frequent weekend trips.  You won’t be spending money on hotel rooms, but you’ll still probably eat a lot of sandwiches and take out on the road.

Living quarters trailers.  The Cadillacs of the horse trailer world, models with living quarters can also be extremely practical if you’re selective about your upgrades.  A full kitchen and bathroom with a shower and hot water are must haves for long horse trips.  Home-cooked meals and a decent night’s sleep can make a big difference on your performance the next day -- plus, you’ll save a bundle on hotel rooms.  Even if you’re trying to get into a living quarters trailer on the cheap, make sure you opt for the full climate control package.

Once you’ve got a better idea of what kind of trailer best fits your traveling lifestyle, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision when it comes time to buy.  Finding exactly the right horse trailer means many happy trails for years to come.


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