As I loaded Speedy up for a show the other weekend, I realized that my trailer's running lights weren't working. I check them every single time I load up, so I know they were working on our last haul which was to Sacramento for the Western States Horse Expo. But there we were, horse loaded with a ride time coming and no trailer lights.
The truck lights were working and so were the trailer brake lights, but that was it. I gave the plug an extra little push, pulled it out and stuck it back in, pulled it out and blew on it, and then nothing. I suddenly remembered that I have a second plug socket down by my bumper, so I plugged the cord in down there and was relieved to see my lights pop on.
I had to use a twist tie thing to secure my cord as it was a little sketchy to have the cord hanging so far down over the tailgate, but it got us safely to Tehachapi and back. I let a week go by without dealing with it, but by this past Friday, I knew I had to get it taken care of.
Since the lights worked when plugged into the bumper's socket, I figured I simply had a bad connection from the truck bed. The ranch owner suggested I use some sandpaper to clean off the plug's pins which might have some corrosion, inhibiting a connection. After consulting my pal Google, I grabbed some sandpaper and a flathead screwdriver.
Both the trailer plug and the truck socket looked clean and corrosion free, but I wrapped the sandpaper around the screwdriver and carefully rubbed each pin in the plug anyway. I then pushed the sandpaper down into the trailer plug hoping to rub off any dust or corrosion that had built up in there.
When I plugged in the trailer lights, I gave a little woot! woot! when I saw a happy red glow coming from my running lights. And just because I am cautious, I unplugged them and gave them an even more rigorous sanding. A couple of my wheel well lights have had the covers knocked off (ahem, Speedy G, I wonder who was responsible for THAT?!), so in the name of thoroughness, I even went and bought replacement covers.
I really hate fixing vehicle stuff, but since it's my trailer, and I am the one hauling all over the state of California, it's my responsibility to do it safely. While I detest doing repairs myself, it does make me feel empowered to walk away from a job well done.
I've been keeping this kind of close to the chest, but it has become official so I can share. Chemaine Hurtado, owner and trainer at Symphony Dressage Stables, has once again agreed to be the dressage clinician at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento this weekend.
The invite was very last minute as she was asked to fill in for Charles de Kunffy who had to cancel. Expo was lucky to get anyone on such short notice, especially someone as in demand as Chemaine. But like she always does, Chemaine rallied the troops and was able to get a few riders willing to make the trip to Sacramento for the weekend. And uh, one of those riders will be me! I rode as a demo rider for Chemaine when she was the dressage clinician at Expo in Pomona last year (part 1, part 2, part 3), but I am just as anxious, excited, and nervous for this go round.
Fortunately, I don't have to make the nearly 300 mile trip alone. Stella, another student of Chemaine's, will be bringing her horse to Bakersfield on Thursday night, and then we'll drive up together on Friday morning.
I don't normally haul this far, so Blue Truck got some spa time yesterday. I got the oil changed, had my tire pressure checked, and then for good measure, I drove BT through the car wash and vacuumed. I was less worried about Stella sitting in dust than I was about the creepy spider webs that take over while BT waits for its next use!
After loading hay and shavings, I realized that I didn't want Speedy and Coco spending half a day breathing in old shavings and dust, so I raked out the inside of the trailer and gave it a good scrubbing.
The trailer will be dry this morning when I go out to ride, so I'll bed things down with a bag of shavings and add a freshly filled hay bag.
If you live in Northern California and are planning to visit Cal Expo, I hope you'll catch one of Chemaine's clinics and stop by her booth to say hi. This year, she's doing seat evaluations with a customized prescription for success! The evaluation comes with her yoga ball dressage DVD (at no extra charge). The seat evaluation and video combo are $20 unless you let her know you're a blog reader. In that case, the evaluation and video are FREE!
Now, as long as nobody breaks a leg or tries to maim themselves (Speedy, I am looking at YOU!), Stella, Coco, Speedy G, and I will be on the road at Friday's crack of dawn!
Along with fixing what I break, I find that it's important to keep things tidy. Since it was only marginally hot this week, I decided to give the horse-mobile its annual once over. It's a job I love to hate, but I force myself to do it every summer.
If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you've seen tons of pictures of my horse trailer. I have a gooseneck, three-horse slant load that sports a rear tack and living quarters. It's a nice trailer, and I love it, but it is a bear to clean. I always start by emptying the tack compartment and sweeping out old manure and shavings.
Once the tack compartment is empty and the space is free of loose bits, I tackle the poop wall. Even though I have three stalls, I rarely use the front one. Instead, I've removed the rear divider which creates a double stall in the center of the trailer. If I do haul both horses at the same time, Speedy goes in the front stall. The horses like the jumbo stall, but it means that they both poop smack dab in the center of the trailer.
Scrubbing that wall is just gross. I use a high pressure hose nozzle, but it only helps to loosen the caked-on poop. The only way to really get it clean is to roll up my sleeves and dive in with a scrub brush.
Once the walls and the top of the mats are clean, I scrub the floor. That's the hardest part of the job. The mats are heavy and very unwieldy. I drag them outside onto pallets, scrub the undersides, and let them dry in the sun. As they dry, I tackle the aluminum floor, scrubbing away the gunk that seeps under the mats while also checking for any corrosion or floor damage.
Before I put everything back, I took a scrub brush and worked on the outside of the trailer too. Since I don't tie the horses to the trailer very often, it wasn't that dirty. I mostly just scrubbed away some road grime and plenty of dust.
It was only about 11:30 a.m. when I finished, so I decided to go for broke. I grabbed my purse from my car and drove the truck and trailer home so that I could clean out the camper area too.
I took all of the bedding into the house and washed the dust out of the comforter, shams, and sheets.
While the bedding washed and dried, I cleaned my "kitchen" and used Pledge on all of the cabinetry and trim.
I also washed the towels and cleaned the bathroom. After sweeping up all of the hay and pebbles off the floor, I also vacuumed and mopped. I am not sure why I bother with the mop, but it always smells nice the first time I use it.
My bestie and I are going to Simi Valley on Saturday afternoon for a lesson with my trainer, and then we're staying the night so that Izzy and I can do a schooling show the next morning. I hope they both appreciate the clean digs!
It finally happened. After more than 16 years of hauling a horse trailer, I finally dented one. And then I punched a hole and ripped it open. Go big or go home. Right?
It happened as we were pulling into the show grounds at last week's show. Because really, don't we all need just a little bit more stress on show day?
I have a bit of a reputation amongst my friends as being a pretty damn good driver. My best friend jokes that I can back that trailer up a gnat's ass. Apparently, I just can't go forward.
The directions for parking asked that we enter through the facility's second gate. I should have known better. I always go through the first gate, but I am a rule follower so even though it felt wrong, I pulled down to the second entrance. It was locked of course.
I was able to make a u-turn, but it meant that I was now coming at the main gate from the wrong direction. I had to swing really wide to make the turn, but in doing so, the outside of my trailer hit a gate pole that was less than 3 feet high. I just couldn't see it.
Laurel felt terrible because it was on her side. She was actually more stressed about it than I was. I just shrugged my shoulders and said oh well. There was no point in getting mad about it, and how was it her fault anyway? She wasn't the one driving. I laughed and told her we were just going to park so that we didn't have to look at it while we were at the show. And that's what we did!
Fortunately, Laurel knows people. And by people, I mean Mike Combs, manager of DeLaney Manufacturing. Mike and his staff make stuff. Everything they do is a custom order. When I asked him exactly what they manufacture, he told me they can make anything out of metal.
Mike gave me a spontaneous tour of the facility, explaining what some of the machines are used for.
These guys can make anything. They can work from a simple, hand-drawn sketch or from full blown technical blue prints designed by an engineer.
For my repair job, Mike's guy worked free form which means that he basically eye-balled it. Okay, I don't know that for sure, but I do know he cut away the torn up part, laid a new piece of aluminum over the top, welded it in place, and then shaped it so that the edges were smooth.
I didn't stay to watch the work, although I wish I had. When I got back, the welder was smoothing out the patch.
While the guys did a great job, it doesn't look like it came off the lot. That's okay because the trailer already has all kinds of little dinks and knocks. My horses have chewed off lots of pieces and kicked others. This is just one more boo-boo in a string of many.
There's a lot I don't know about welding. More accurately said, I know almost nothing about welding. I did learn that welding aluminum, or any other metal besides steel, takes more specialized equipment than your typical backyard welder has in his garage. That's why I went to DeLaney's - they have all the right equipment.
If you live locally and need something made from metal, or need something repaired, check these guys out. DeLaney's can be found just off Rosedale Highway and Fruitvale at 2920 Wear Street. You can call Mike Combs at 661-587-6681.
We are once again ready to hit the road. Thanks, Mike!
Kristin and Jennifer, two riders that I met at Horse Expo Pomona in February, recently asked me about my experiences hauling a trailer. They were interested in what I liked or disliked about my own trailer. I was flattered that they thought I had anything useful to share which got me thinking that others might be shopping or looking for their own new trailer.
While I am not an expert, I do have almost 16 years of trailer ownership under my belt. I’ve owned two trailers, both of which were gooseneck trailers with living quarters. The first was a two-horse, and my current trailer is a three-horse.
If I were to buy another trailer, the most important thing I would consider is my next horse, not the horses I have today. I have had Arabs for so long that I never considered I'd ever own anything else. Arabs are smaller horses; they fit anywhere. Now that I've owned two non-Arabs, I've realized that I may end up with a mini or a Clydesdale next. Who knows? Not being able to buy a horse because he won't fit in your trailer would be kind of a bummer.
I also discovered that with my two-horse trailer, I could never bring both of my own horses and a friend. Having more stalls than you need allows you to develop new friendships.
With that, piece of advice #1 - Buy bigger than you think you need.
The second thing I would consider is whether I wanted a gooseneck or a bumper pull. I really wouldn't have to consider it as I REALLY like a gooseneck. I am not switching to a bumper pull any time soon. A gooseneck is super easy to back up and much more stable on the road. I do a lot of highway driving and go over a steep pass at least monthly, so road stability is important to me. The downside is that I lose storage space in the bed of the truck while hauling. The ball does flip down into the bed, so when I disconnect, I still have full access to my trailer bed.
The size of your truck will probably dictate whether you get a gooseneck or a bumper pull. I am not sure I'd feel safe pulling a gooseneck if I only had a half ton truck. Piece of advice #2 - Only pull what you can pull safely, but keep in mind that goosenecks are easier to control.
I’ve always had a step up, so I don’t know how I feel about ramps. When I was hauling to endurance rides, we often parked in pastures and places with uneven footing so I worried about the stability of a ramp. If you’re always going to park in a level area, a ramp is probably easier for older horses and those with less experience.
I've also only had slant loads. In my first trailer, I took out the single divider, and in this trailer, I took out the rear divider, leaving the front one in place. I like to give my horses as much room to move around as possible. By leaving the front divider in place, I can can still keep two horses separated, but since I usually only haul one horse at a time, that horse can travel in the double stall created by removing the divider. As a bonus, Speedy, who is not a fan of backing out, can turn around with the extra room and walk out facing forward. Piece of advice #3 - Think about how easily your next horse will load and unload and how much room he is going to need.
Steel or aluminum construction is also something you should consider. My first trailer was steel while this one is aluminum. I thought it had some steel components, but after reviewing the specs, I discovered that it is all aluminum. Both have advantages and disadvantages. If you live somewhere much wetter than California, you probably have a preference.
The flooring in the steel trailer was wood while this one has a solid metal floor. I clean my floors throughly at least once each year, so I never had rotting boards nor have I found any corrosion. I think that if you take care of your floor, wood or metal, it should last a long time.
I actually got better fuel mileage with my slightly smaller but heavy steel trailer. The nose on the trailer was pointier and had more of a slope to the roof. This trailer, while only three feet longer, feels heavier and pushes a lot more wind with its blunter nose. I think my other trailer enjoyed a more aerodynamic construction.
Advice #4 - Choose your material based on your weather conditions and how much weight your truck can handle.
My old trailer had stock sides while this one has drop down windows with safety bars instead of screens. Screens scare me as a horse could get its head outside of the trailer.
Since I travel in all kinds of weather, I like that I can block some of the colder weather by snapping the windows closed. One thing I like about the drop down windows is that I can close one or two of them to block out some of the highway noise. I can slide the "bus window" open for ventilation, and I keep all of the trailer vents open. Speedy travels more quietly with his window up. The loud truck noise bothers him.
Piece of advice #5 - Ask yourself how much ventilation your horse needs.
Both of my trailers had/have a rear tack which makes the entry just like a straight load - narrow. The left door opens into the tack area while the right door opens into the horse compartment. Teaching a horse to load in my trailer is a bit tricky because the opening is not as inviting as it is when you can open both doors or a single large door.
Since length was more of an issue than a single door entry, I opted for a rear tack. Placing the tack room between the living quarters and the horse compartment can add several feet to the overall length of the trailer. At 27 feet long already, I wasn't interested in adding another 3 to 6 feet. If I wasn't going to add living quarters, I would definitely opt for a front tack room. And while I was doing that, I would make sure it had ample space. While my tack room isn't particularly large, the living quarters space more than makes up for it.
Whether you're simply trail riding or showing, having plenty of storage space for a cooler, chairs, and other comfort items is well worth it. A large tack room can also serve as shade on a hot day and an umbrella when it rains. Piece of advice #6 - Think long and hard about how much room you need for tack and human supplies. It's probably more than you think.
Overall? My advice when trailer shopping is to go for size. You just don't know what changes life will bring. If you're sure you only need a two horse, make it a jumbo two horse. Look for a trailer with a big tack room and roomy stalls. If you have more than one horse, get a three-horse trailer. You'll find more friends that way and have bigger adventures.
If you do get a new trailer, share pictures with me. If you already own a trailer, share what you like or dislike about it. And if you have a trailer for sale, share it! I know some riders who are looking.
I love having my own trailer, but the thing is, it isn't your typical park it 'til you need it vehicle. Having a horse trailer with living quarters is a lot like having two vehicles. Just like any horse trailer, this one needs new tires now and then, its wiring looked at, and the mats removed so the interior can be scrubbed clean.
Unlike your average trailer though, this one has a people compartment that always seems to need something as well. Just a few weeks ago I replaced both RV batteries (not for the first time). I've also replaced the propane tank (numerous times), and the water pump. And not too long ago, I had the bathroom door rehung.
The latest repair involved the roof. Some time ago, like maybe 5 years, the latches on my wind up vent lids broke. I didn't want to get them fixed, so I zip-tied them closed. This has worked remarkably well for a number of years. Each time the zip-ties wore out, I just climbed back up there and added new ones.
That was going well until last week. I climbed up to replace the broken zip ties and noticed that the vent covers were actually cracked and broken. This was a problem that a zip tie could not fix, so I whipped out a roll of duct tape. It all held together well enough for the drive down to Simi Valley for a lesson, but I knew I had to actually get them fixed right. I don't know how I made it through this winter with three cracked and broken roof vents.
I called my local RV repair shop and got a quote that seemed ridiculous for the amount of work involved, $500. My husband insisted we could do the job ourselves for a lot less money. I went to YouTube and watched a how to video that really did make the job look fairly amateur friendly. I drove down to Pensingers RV Parts and Service where they sold me exactly what I needed and then gave me 10% off my purchase when I asked if they could do a little better on the pricing. My bill was $167.
We dragged all of our supplies up to the roof of the trailer and started scraping off the old caulking. That was the only part of the job that was even remotely difficult.
Once we had the first vent mostly free of caulking, my husband started removing the screws while I went to work scraping off the old caulking from the other two vents.
Once all of the caulking was scraped away and the screws removed, we lifted the vent out of the roof. I was really worried that we might see some water damage in the wood, but the frame was in excellent shape.
When the vents were removed, we finished scraping away all of the left over caulking and putty. My husband then went inside and removed the interior flange that covers up the exposed wood.
While my husband was busy bringing up materials and opening boxes, I applied the putty tape to the underside of the new vent and slid it gently into place. It's great when things fit the first time.
Once we got the first vent more or less clean of old caulking and got it pulled out, the other two were quite easy to do. While my husband replaced screws in the first vent, I scraped away old caulking and pulled out the other vents. With both of us working together, the job took less than the three hours the RV company was going to charge me.
My husband had a tee time at one of our local golf courses so he ended up leaving once all of the vents were screwed in tightly. He helped me get the caulking gun working, but from there, I finished the job myself.
While I could have technically done the job myself, I was really grateful that my husband came out to do it with me. I am a little afraid of heights so it was reassuring to have someone else up there with me. We work well together and recognize each other's strengths, so there's rarely any arguing. Now that this part of the job is done, I am going to try and get roof vent covers installed some time this summer.
I've already watched the installation video and think that I might be able to tackle this job on my own. I don't like using a drill though, so I may have to get my husband back up on the roof to help me. I'll definitely owe him a lunch for that one!
I am ready for a month free of repairing or replacing stuff though, so new vent covers are going to have to wait a few months!
To say I go through tires quickly is an understatement. I'm worse than NASCAR teams Hendrick or Petty. Maybe I ought to give those guys a call and see if they've got some extras laying around.
My "easily" accessible records only go back to 2011, so I don't have data from earlier than that, but since 2012, I have bought a new set of tires annually for one vehicle or another.
I had my truck's tires rotated in December when I had new brakes installed. At the time, the tires looked great. I drove Speedy to Expo in February and everything felt fine. In Early March, I took both horses to the vet and noticed a worrisome roughness on the way home. It was a sensation I felt the last time my tires needed to be replaced. I checked all eight tires (including the trailer's) and couldn't find anything that looked suspicious.
Since we're heading to Simi Valley this morning for a lesson, a trek of about 125 miles over California's busiest highway, I gave my tires another visual inspection yesterday morning. Thank goodness I did. The problem finally showed up - blown out sidewall.
I keep my vehicles a long time which means I do a lot of regular maintenance and replacement of parts. The one thing that I can't prevent is weather damage. The sunny side of the trailer and truck have wheel covers to protect the tires, but when you drive less than 5,000 miles a year, weathering happens as the truck and trailer sit.
I called my trusty tire guy and asked him to get some tires ready for me as I was headed his way. The truck rode so roughly that I drove the entire ten or so miles at no more than 30 miles an hour. It was only slightly embarrassing to wave drivers past me as my hazards flashed on and off and on again. I didn't care though as I've driven behind slower drivers who didn't have the decency to move over like I did.
Once my new tires were installed, I took advantage of Blue Truck's freedom and zipped into the corner gas station and drive through car wash. These things are not easy to do with a trailer following wherever we go.
I hooked Blue Truck back up to the trailer, "fixed" another little thing that's busted on my trailer (I have got to get that fixed sooner rather than later), and loaded some hay and tack. We're leaving fairly early today as long as the weather holds. Here's to solid tires with no blowouts!
See you all tomorrow!
Mudgrips - white-tip
Well, I don't have a cigar sticking out of my face, and my smirk probably isn't that obnoxious, but the rest of it probably describes Blue Truck pretty well.
It's been a while since I've done a Blue Truck update. BT's still going strong, but I'll admit that I still keep wishing and hoping for a newer version. Until I win the lottery, BT will have to do.
To keep Blue Truck in tip top shape, I do bi-annual "spa" visits, one in June and the other in December. This particular visit took two days and generated more of a bill than usual.
Day One included a visit to Big O Tires for wiper blades, a tire rotation, and new brake pads and rotors. I don't know how often you've had to replace your pads and rotors, but I've had BT so long that this is the second time I've had to have that particular job done. The last time was ten years ago. Total cost for wiper blades, brake pads, and rotors: $518.47
I brought BT home for the night so that I could tackle the rest of the maintenance the next morning. Before it got dark though, I dragged out the shop vac and a hot bucket of water and gave the inside a thorough scrub and vacuum. The next morning, Day Two, we went through the car wash. Total cost for cleaning/vacuuming at home and exterior car wash: $6.00
Filling up with gas is not only super expensive, it's a big tank and BT uses gas like nobody's business - a dismal 8 mpg, but most neighborhood stations aren't equipped to handle a truck and trailer combo. Since I leave the truck parked at the barn (usually already hooked up), I tend to get gas out on the highway at one of the larger stations when I leave for a show. This means that I always pay at least thirty cents more per gallon. Since I was trailer-free for the weekend, I squeezed BT into the corner station and filled up for only $2.30 a gallon! Total cost to fill up: $49.61
After filling up BT's tank, I drove over to my favorite oil change place and got that taken care of as well. The guys at Branson Express Lube are always super fast, thorough, and very honest. They never sell me services that BT doesn't need, but I can trust them to tell me what does need to get done. for this trip, I got lucky. All BT needed was the oil change. Total cost: $46.61
I really love having my own truck and trailer, and frankly, I couldn't go back to depending on someone else to haul me around - mostly because there isn't a "someone else." So while maintenance on a vehicle that isn't my daily driver adds up, it's worth the price, especially since I don't have a car payment.
So what did Blue Truck cost me this month? A tidy little $620.69. Less than a truck payment, but enough for a show. Good thing there aren't a lot of December shows!
How did you spend your December show budget?
It's been a while since I wrote about Blue Truck. All is well with the machine, but it's not looking so fancy these days. BT is now fifteen years old with just over 122,000 miles.
BT's motor still purrs like a kitten, and its tires are solid, but its paint job is getting pretty sad. BT is starting to look like that middle-aged gentleman whose hair has receded a bit. I am so short that I can't see the hood or roof of Blue Truck, so the peeling paint doesn't usually bother me.
Blue Truck got to come home with me this week for a little bit of pampering. I got the oil changed which included checking the tire pressure and replacing the air and fuel filters. BT then got a fill up and a run through the car wash.
With Blue Truck still parked out in front of the house, I hopped onto Ford's Build Your New Truck! website. I clicked this, and I clicked that, and before I knew it, the perfect truck was sitting there smiling back at me. I've gone through this before, but every time I hit the calculate payment button, I just back away slowly.
My choices don't include leather seats or GPS or even a seat warmer. I just want a truck that's pretty similar to what I've got without the peeling paint. I also wouldn't mind having at least a few types of modern accessories. Is it too much to ask to be able to sync my phone or check the outside temperature?
When I see the price tag - $50,000, I pause. And then when I see the $850 payment for 60 months, I shake my head and ask Blue Truck if it would like some more shade or a cold can of oil. $185 for an afternoon of pampering seems like a complete bargain.
I love owning my own horse trailer (especially one that's completely paid for). And I feel very lucky to own such a nice horse trailer. I am not complaining, but with big toys come big chores.
It was more than ten degrees cooler yesterday than it has been, which meant I had to put the day to good use. I rode both horses, Izzy twice, but when I saw that it was still only 9:30 a.m. and the weather was still relatively cool, I gave my trailer the stink eye.
I normally plan for a trailer-cleaning day. It's such a huge, physically demanding job that it usually requires a few days to psyche myself up for the job. Not yesterday. I saw it sitting there in the driveway, close enough for the hose to reach, and decided to just go for it.
I grabbed a scrub brush, the broom, the rake, and a wheel barrow. I screwed the sprayer on to the hose and marched over to do battle.
Step 1 - empty tack compartment.
Step 2 - sweep out old shavings.
Step 3 - remove mats. Here's where the real work begins. Those suckers weigh more than I do, and they just lie there like dead weight offering zero assistance. Bastards. I hauled all four of them to some pallets that I had waiting outside. I then scrubbed the mats and left them to dry.
Step 4 - work like a dog. Seriously. I scrubbed the heck out of that floor removing all of the urine-soaked dirt that the dust layer was covering. I used the sprayer to loosen the gunk, and then I scrubbed. And then I did it again and again until I worried that I was scrubbing through the floor. I forgot to take a picture of the clean floor. Sorry, you'll just have to trust me.
Step 5 - continue to work like a dog. I next scrubbed every surface inside the trailer. The upper walls might have looked white in the earlier photos, but believe me, they weren't. After scrubbing the divider and walls, I tackled the poop-covered section. Yuck.
Do you know what happens to dried out poop when it gets wet? It turns into what looks like diarrhea. Lots and lots of diarrhea that covers your arms, hair, and occasionally lands on your face or in your eyes.
Step 6 - get the heebie-jeebies and take a break. Everything needed to dry out anyway, so I went and sat in the shade and checked in on some blogs and Facebook.
Step 7 - quit being a baby, and get back to work.
Step 8 - take a deep breath and wrestle the mats back into the trailer.
I know you're asking how hard those mats really are to move. Getting them out is hard, but at least I have gravity to give me a hand. Getting them back in is like trying to pick up your car with your bare hands so you can change the tire. I can tug on those mats all I want, but they literally only move an inch at a time. And there are four of them. Okay, one is really tiny - up there in the front left corner, but the other three are HUGE!
Step 9 - reload stuff. You'd think this part would be fun, but it's not. By now, I am always covered in ... wet. Wet sweat, wet poop, wet water. And the wet is covered with dried poop, shavings, and dirt.
Even though this is a chore that really stinks, I love putting a horse in a clean trailer. I am certain they climb in, take a deep breath, and thank me profusely!
Izzy's going on another trail ride this morning, so I am going to wait for his nod of approval - or a gigantic spook!