Monday, October 1, 2012

Happiness is...

finally figuring out how to get the big gray guy to load onto the trailer with another horse.

I have a two-horse slant load stock-type trailer, and while it is perfectly sized for my smaller beasts, it is about 8 inches too short (length wise) for Gabe to load comfortably (willingly and happily without panicking) at a slant with the divider in place. So, all the off-property riding I've done with Jaquie has involved him traveling, alone, in my trailer and her hauling their own horse. Her trailer is an older two-horse straight load and too short (height wise) for him. It was kind of stupid and very, very frustrating not to mention, not very economical on gas.

He will load and travel just fine with another horse without that divider in there making the space far too small. I can't believe we didn't figure that out before. Duh. Wrap up legs, load 'em up and off we go! We found a new, delightful area to ride just a 15 minute drive from the farm. Five miles of well-maintained trails through woods, hills, creeks and big open spaces for some faster gaits should we feel the need (which we did.) And, it's apparently a well-kept secret. It's not a commonly known place to ride, so I'm going to bet we pretty much will have the place to ourselves most of the time.

The Boys had fun and we had a blast. We'll definitely be heading back there regularly!

Life is good.


  1. There's always a way! My trailer is wide open inside, 16 ft long and no dividers. It used to be a 4 horse straight load, and we converted it to stock type. I can haul 4 big horses or 5 smaller ones, depending on how they are loaded. I never have a problem loading in it, I guess in't not claustrophobic for them. Happy riding- sounds like you found a good trail.

  2. yay! new trails and a happy horse in the trailer. Ours travel very well in our stock trailer even when we pretend they are sardines.

  3. Shirley...I was a little bit wary of putting both of them in there with no dividers, but they did wonderfully like that and for the first time ever, Gabe unloaded and wasn't sweating and shaking! I think he actually enjoyed the company.

    Kathy...very excited for new trails! And, I heard about some more that are about 20 minutes away around Silver Lake in Highland, I just need to go find them before I haul out there. Gabe and Teddy actually had more room than I thought they would. We have to load Teddy first or Gabe would smush him...Gabe likes to travel with his butt as far towards the driver's side as he can get it.

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