I nearly always traveled to endurance rides alone. I would often meet up with a friend who was expecting me, and I would phone my husband and let him know when I had arrived at camp. But essentially, the traveling was always just me alone. Hauling a twenty-seven foot trailer with live cargo over steep mountains and through heavy freeway traffic can be a daunting experience. Doing it alone, even more so. But I realized that if I didn't "master" the art of hauling, I wasn't going to go anywhere!
Now that I am showing, my endurance hauling experience is proving to be very beneficial. While I haven't traveled nearly as far for showing, it's still nice to feel confident about the hauling experience as I drive to a show, park, and unload. Feeling confident about the hauling part eases some of the stresses and nervousness that showing can cause.
And so ... This is the start of yet another series of posts. I have several others going as well: Riding Figures, Endurance Photos, Gizmos, and My Horses (the story of each horse I've owned). And of course in between those posts are other posts about my training and showing experiences, vet and health issues, and other random horsey things that inspire me.
The first two posts in this series were written before I realized that a series was in the works. The first was about trailer maintenance, or rather, how my husband fixed my trailer's flat tire. You'll find that one here. The second was a short video showing how Speedy self-loads onto the trailer. You'll find that one here.
- Drive around with an empty trailer.
- Drive somewhere you feel comfortable going.
- Remember that you're bigger than most everyone else and they will move out of your way.
- Don't worry about holding up traffic. A ten second delay isn't going to kill the other driver. If you rush however, it might.
- Look in your side mirrors - A LOT!
- Bumper pull trailers follow in the truck's tires, but gooseneck trailers cheat to the inside. It's like haunches in (trailer cuts inside the truck's tire tracks) which means you need to take the turns WIDE.
- Taker your time, don't let traffic rush you, and remember to breathe.
So ... practice driving, practice loading, and get traveling!