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Choosing Between a Tack Room and Living Quarters

Choosing the features for new custom horse trailers is exciting -- there are so many possibilities.  You could add a hay pod to protect feed from bad weather or rubber floors to make traveling easier on your horses -- there are lots of little ways you can turn a custom trailer into your ideal horse transport on wheels.  There’s another decision that you’ve got to make: whether to stick with a tack room or go all out with living quarters.

Advantages of Living Quarters

Whether you settle on a tack room or living quarters depends a lot on how you intend to use your new trailer.  Horse trailers with living quarters are the most expensive option, but considering how long you’ll own your new trailer, you may find you’ll save a ton of money on hotel fees by bringing the comforts of home everywhere you go.  Living quarters provide you with several advantages: 

Hot Showers.  It may seem like a small thing now, but when you’ve been on a trip with your horse for a week or more, begging for showers from friends or relying on cold blasts from the hose to keep yourself and your horses clean, a hot shower will be your most welcome friend. 

Climate Controlled Environment.  Camping out with your horses on a beautiful spring or fall weekend is one of the best pleasures in life, but when the event you’re attending is taking place in the heat, snow, rain or cold, it’s awfully nice to be able to pop into your heated or cooled living quarters. 

Comfortable Beds.  Sure, old time cowboys roughed it on the open range, but they would have chosen a nice comfy bed if they had the option.  A long day of riding, working your horse or just cheering on friends takes a toll on your body, a good night’s rest gives you the energy to keep going all weekend long.

Modern Appliances.  Campfires are romantic, but they’re not very efficient at making lunch.  Living quarters horse trailers are typically loaded down with appliances like cooktops, ovens, microwaves and refrigerators -- perfect for helping you stick to your diet.


Tack Rooms are Handy

Living quarters are great for frequent travel, but if you only take your horses for day trips and the occasional long haul, a well-designed tack room can often meet your needs just fine.  You’ll have lots of places to store all your horse gear and supplies, and if you spring for a cot or hammock, you’ll be able to get in out of the rain on those rare trips. 

Gooseneck trailers offer an additional advantage to a trailer owner who isn’t ready to commit to living quarters -- the area above the gooseneck can be outfitted with carpet and a mattress to make a convenient bunk area.  You can even add air and heating to these bigger tack rooms, creating a micro camper of sorts.  It won’t have all the comforts of home, but it will be more comfortable than sleeping on the ground in bad weather.

When you’re looking for a compromise between comfort and expense, take a look at our horse trailers with living quarters.  Because we build each and every trailer from the ground up, you can design the horse trailer that’s perfect for your needs and your budget.  Call 1-888-244-2029 to talk to us about your future tack room, living quarters or something in between today.

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