From Endurance to Dressage
Cart It Around
You know that adage, when it rains it pours? The holidays are like that for me when it comes to receiving gifts. You see, my birthday is just one week after Christmas which means that my yearly haul comes all once. I have all kinds of new stuff to share with you - like this ...
This item was on the wish list I gave my husband because of all the things that I could have received from my family, this was the one I most wanted. When I didn't get it for Christmas, I got a little worried that I was going to have to buy it myself, but I waited patiently for my birthday to roll around.
When I got up on Sunday, my birthday, I waited for my husband to pull out a giant box, instead, he handed me a card and said I'd get a gift later. I was a bit disappointed, but I figured the cart might have been back ordered.
Like we always do, I headed out to the barn to ride while my husband took the dog for a hike. It's not totally unusual for him to stop by the barn with the dog, so when I saw his truck pull in, I didn't think much of it. I was actually riding Speedy at the time, so I just shouted out a hello when he said the dog wanted to come and run around. When he dropped his tailgate however, I asked what was up. I am not very clever, obviously.
The sly dog had waited for me to go to the barn so that he could put the cart together and deliver it! It is totally awesome - far sturdier than I thought it would be. Once Speedy was back in his stall, I dropped a muck bucket in and wheeled it around the barn, giving it a test drive.
Many other bloggers have written about this cart claiming it is a must have for shows. I'm sold. No longer will I have to schlepp around my 100 pounds of ricketiness that I currently use at shows. While old cart is great for the barn, it can now stay at the barn while a newer, hipper generation takes over.
Interested in having one of your very own? Check it out at the Riding Warehouse.
I have a very similar cart that my mom got for me several years ago before I competed at a long format event. She felt bad that she was going with me to the event, but was in too much joint pain to actively help me pack and unpack the trailer, drag things around, and help with chores. I love that cart- not only is it good for hauling muck around, remove the muck bucket and it is perfect for hauling hay bales across show grounds. Mine isn't as heavy duty as your new one is I think, but they do essentially the same thing!
1/10/2016 08:28:28 am
I am looking forward to using it! My old cart is super sturdy, but it is heavy and difficult to put in the truck. Someone else told me this one is strong enough to haul hay bales too. She uses it like a dolly. That will be great for hauling shavings as well as hay.
1/10/2016 08:28:49 am
1/8/2016 09:52:54 am
Ooh nice! I have a cheapy garden cart from Sears that I love - but it's not nearly as beefy or awesome as that one. Nice!!!
1/10/2016 08:30:02 am
I've been wanting something like this for a million years, but all I could find were garden style carts - I think this one will be much more useful.
1/10/2016 08:32:05 am
I was pretty surprised by how small it actually is. Right now, I have it stored behind my chair in the tack room. I didn't even fold the handle down. If you stand it straight up, it gets remarkably thin.
1/10/2016 08:33:02 am
Thanks! While I love jewelry, barn gadgets are also VERY appreciated. :0)
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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