In 2004 I got Harvey (my first horse), 2006 I got Peanut, 2009 I got Little Bud, 2010 I got Sierra and in 2011 I got my first horse trailer. Getting a horse trailer was almost as exciting as getting a horse. The choices are endless; we opted for a very basic trailer but added a few extras.
When my husband and I decided to buy a horse trailer we thought we knew exactly what we wanted. We custom ordered our trailer so we could add what we wanted. We definitely wanted a 3 horse slant load. We agreed on a horse stock combo style. My husband insisted on a gooseneck. I had never pulled any type of trailer so he thought a gooseneck would be easiest for me to learn and it would give us a decent sized front tack area. We had some windows added in the front tack area, a window in the tack area door, a pass-through door to the first stall, an escape door in the first stall, a stud panel dividing the first and second stall and we got the 7' tall option. The stud wall allows us to use the first stall for storage if we are only hauling two horses, it has been very handy. The taller trailer allows for more room for taller horses and more head room in the neck of the trailer. The only thing we regret not getting is air conditioning and heat.
We love using our trailer for camping. We live in Texas so we don't get to do much camping during the summer. We try to plan at least one trip a month in March, April, October, and November. Sometimes we can get in another trip or two if it doesn't get too hot. If we had air conditioning in our trailer we would probably camp more.
We have an air mattress in the neck of the trailer, my husband and I can sleep comfortably, or three adult women can sleep up there semi-comfortably. In the tack area we have a tall cabinet with six drawers that hold all of the basic necessities needed for camping. The saddle racks and tack hooks hold everything we need for riding.
We love our horse trailer and use it a lot. None of my friends that I trail ride with have a trailer so I am always the designated driver. The advantage to that is they normally pay for gas. The disadvantage is that I have to drive all over the country to pick up everyone, but I'm really not complaining.
We feel like we ended up with a very useful and economical trailer. It was a great choice for our first horse trailer. If we ever get another trailer, we would only change a few things. Overall we are very happy with the choices we made.