So we went and looked at trailers. I'm kind of sad that we did because now I want a $30,000 ($16k used) trailer LOL! Just kidding. Those living quarters are so awesome!! Wow.
Anyway, realistically speaking I'm still not 100% sure what I want. I actually think I'm leaning toward a slant load now. They seem more versatile because you can take out all of the panels and have an open trailer that you can haul loose in like a stock trailer or you can have your stalls. I especially like the ones that have an escape door up front. So cool! I don't know if we will be able to find a used one in our price range though. Slants seem to come with extravagant and expensive living quarters.
I want something safe and economical for short trips to town as well as something that can be used for camping . . . I have a feeling the short trips (e.g. to the vet or local one day shows) will be a LOT more frequent than any camping for a while at least. I don't want something really huge or I'll be afraid to ever learn to drive it. I still like the space of a stock trailer (for hauling loose), but everything I'm reading says they aren't as safe, they are too loud (for the horse) and have poor shocks (so it's rough for the horse). After seeing how open and airy the slants can be so they are inviting I like them a lot, especially since they are so versatile.
So I think I'm leaning toward a slant load . . . we will just have to see what I can find in our price range. I hate digging through all the scam ads ugh! So wish me luck!
Oh and in your opinion which style is safer in a wreck? It seems like a stock would be really dangerous because they could fall, but then again there isn't much to get hung up on/in or to crush them. In a straight or slant load there's more to get tangled up in and technically they could still fall down . . . they could even slide under a divider! That freaks me out a little because I have no experience with them. I know any wreck involving horses is bad, but I still want them to have the best chance of surviving if something were to happen . . .
Everyone at the trailer place said slants are more comfortable for the horse because they can rock side to side with the motion of the trailer instead of forward and backwards. I'm pretty sure in our open trailer that Chrome mostly stands backwards at an angle . . . so he might like a slant load better.
Yeah, anyway you can tell why I'm not making any progress making a decision. My thoughts are just going in circles. I guess I'm going to take a break from thinking about trailers and go do something else hehe. Then I'll look at my pictures again. Thanks for any help/advice you can provide!