Camping with your horse
I'm new here, so please bear with my novice-ness :) I have a 15 year old Half Arab who has been a show horse most of her life. We have recently been getting more into trail riding, and she loves it and does well at it.
My question is about what to do with her if we start doing overnight trips. She is used to being in unfamiliar places over night from showing and going on weekend trips to friend's homes. These excursions have always had a stall or a permanent corral for her to stay in. I am pretty sure I will purchase a portable corral eventually, but would like to gain some more experience with longer trail rides, etc. prior to making an expensive purchase.
In the meantime, I am considering taking her to an overnight clinic on camping with your horse and wondering whether I should try to put her on a picket line - which she has NO experience with - or leave her loose in the trailer overnight. I have a decent sized Sundowner 2 horse slant load that she could stay in overnight and be able to move around. It has drop down windows so she could stick her head out and see her surroundings. The clinic is in 2 weeks, so the weather should still be quite cool. Is it wrong to leave a horse loose in the trailer overnight? Are there dangers I'm not thinking of? Would trying to introduce her to a picket line be better? Any opinions will be greatly appreciated!