If you've been spending more and more of your weekends at horse shows, you've probably learned that they are usually dusty, very hot (sometimes very cold) affairs that last for hours, if not the whole day. And if you don't have a place to get out of the elements, those hours can be very grueling and can sap your energy even before you hit the show ring. Even worse, you've probably noticed that some of your other competitors look as fresh as daisies even late in the day. So what's their secret?
More than likely, they own a horse trailer with living quarters. And if you're new to the show scene, you probably went with a basic trailer, not realizing that having a place to rest between show classes is not just a luxury. It could actually make the difference between entering the ring energized or dog tired. So if you're planning on showing your horse a lot in the future, it may be time to upgrade to a trailer that boasts living quarters.
Before you head out to shop for a trailer with living quarters, you should definitely take the time to write down what you think you'll need and then weigh the pros and cons of your desired options. For example:
- Do you plan on spending the night in your trailer? If so, you'll want a bathroom with a shower and an area to make meals in. While this type of trailer is likely to cost you more upfront, you'll be offsetting some of that because you won't need to stay in a hotel room while at the shows.
- Are you just searching for a place to rest out of the elements between classes. Then you might just need a dressing room with air conditioning.
- Could you use a slide-out? If you are planning on traveling to shows all over the United States, you might want to splurge on a trailer that boasts a side-to-side wall extension that you can pull out and increase the size of your living quarters. You'll definitely want to consider this option if you'll be traveling with several other people.
- Do you have a vehicle that can pull a gooseneck? The larger trailers are typically goosenecks, not bumper hitch. If your vehicle isn't already equipped to pull a gooseneck, you will need to either modify it or purchase a new one.
While a horse trailer with living quarters might seem like a luxury, it's actually more of a necessity if you plan on showing your horse frequently. Contact a dealer, like Lakota of Ohio , for more help.