Agreed. I know people who are casual about hooking up the trailer brakes; and I always thought it was insane.
I would never haul without the trailer brakes hooked up and working properly, and I also test and adjust them as I'm going down the driveway on my way out.
Super Nova, I also hear you about the truck size. I much prefer a 3/4 ton, and for anybody considering a tow vehicle that's what I advise. However, now that I'm not doing any teaching or competing, I have a two horse Ponderosa trailer, and I occassionally haul 15 - 20 miles to a friend's house or the local wildlife refuge to ride and that's it. For my light usage, a 1/2 ton is sufficient. Larger trailer, trailer with a tack room, hauling more often, hauling on difficult terrain = 3/4 ton or more.