From Endurance to Dressage
I mentioned that Blue Truck spent last Monday at Le Salon(s) which set me back $291 and some change. Blue Truck still needs its carrier bearing looked at, but one thing at a time.
The trailer got a little bit of tender loving care this week, too. In preparation for new tires on Monday, I brought the trailer home on Sunday afternoon and gave it a good going over.
I started with this ...
And then moved on to a lot of this ...
Most of the wall space in this trailer is wood paneling which gets pretty dry, so at least twice a year I give the wood a good conditioning.
There was also repeated uses of this ...
Dead flies creep me out, and no matter how hard I try to keep the screen door closed, flies seem to find their way in to die. I think it has something to do with the fact that I "live" 18 inches from a three-horse stall (aka a HORSE TRAILER).
There was also a fair amount of scrubbing here ...
and a bit of scrubbing here, too.
I finished off the inside with this ...
As the floor dried and the towels and comforter bounced around in the drier, I decided to tackle the outside of the trailer.
I won't gross you out with any photos, but I ended up tearing a chunk of skin out of my thumb by using the long handled (5 feet) scrub brush. Part way through the job, I had to run into the house with blood dripping all over the floor to apply a tourniquet. Hubby was napping through the whole ordeal which was probably a good thing as he would have made me STOP WHAT I WAS DOING to properly dress the wound.
In the end, my taped on pressure bandage held, and I finished the job. It hurt pretty good the next day, but it's hard to stitch closed a round hole. And it did quit bleeding by the next day.
Cleaning the trailer was of course, free. That's not what lowered my account balance to such a pitifully small number. It was this ...
Surprisingly, to me anyway, the trailer tires were cheaper than the truck's tires (which I did in June of 2012).
There is a moral to this story: be careful what you wish for. Having my own truck and trailer is awesome; I won't lie, but maintaining them and paying for repairs stinks.
1/1/2014 11:25:44 pm
What a gorgeous trailer! I JUST upgraded to a 2H slant with a dressing/tack room! I LOVE it! Someday I will have a gooseneck with living quarters......
1/2/2014 07:28:31 am
Thank you, Sandra. It comes in handy since I overnight a fair amount alone. I thought that once i was done with endurance riding and horse camping that it was a bit of overkill, but it turns out that I am using it just as much doing dressage. In 2013, I camped in my trailer eight different times.
1/2/2014 08:09:07 am
I couldn't stand it … I cleaned the horse compartment today. NOW it's clean. :0)
1/3/2014 09:39:35 pm
That is just one of the many great things about owning Arabs! They take up less stall space and fit in any trailer. Sydney is a solid 16 hands (some say more), and he's pretty darn wide. My trailer has three stalls, but I long ago removed the second partition to create a perfect Arab sized stall and a double sized stall for my second horse. I wish the trailer was 6 inches taller, but everyone fits. I CAN'T buy a bigger horse if he won't fit in the trailer. :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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