Saturday, June 29, 2019

I finally got a new "old" horse trailer!!

Ugh this picture is awful.  It was so bright outside and all we had was a cell phone, but hey we're on our new trailer!

My husband and I have been looking for a new horse trailer for a long time because the one we have is too small for Chrome and has a few other features I just don't like (heavy ramp!).  My dad finally found one for us that a friend of his was selling and he gave us a good deal on it (it's nice to have such a well liked dad!).  It's definitely a fixer-upper, but that's fine because our truck broke down and hubby is having to replace the engine in it.  We also will have to get a gooseneck attachment.  For now it will just sit in the pasture so we can practice loading.

The previous owners used it for horses for a long time, but then they got rid of their horses and used it for cattle.  When they got a new trailer this one sat for a while (that's why it is rusted) before they finally decided to sell it.  It needs cleaned, sanded and repainted.  It has really good mats in it, but they need cleaned as well.  I want to pull them out and check the floor really well again even though it has already been checked (I'm really paranoid about floors).  A window needs replaced, but the tires are in really good condition, the lights and gooseneck work perfectly and the frame is still in great condition.  Most of it's problems are just cosmetic (everything rusts here in our humid climate....sigh).

The first thing I did after crawling all around in it was tie Chrome to it and brush him off.  Please forgive his filthy appearance.  He's been playing in the pond lately and the neem oil I use for his sweet itch makes everything stick to him.  He was curious about it and gave it the stink eye a couple of times, but you can see how relaxed he was.  I was so excited to see if he would load I forgot to get a picture of the tack room for you, but it has a tack room with bridle hooks and six saddle racks.  The gooseneck can be used for a mattress for camping or for hay storage.  There is an escape door in the front stall on the side and the back gate has a smaller gate for access to the rear stall.  The divider is missing, but I can get a new one.  I'll get better pictures when I can.

 After brushing I had him pose in front of it.

It looks so huge to me!!  I've never had anything other than the two horse straight load bumper pull that I don't like and I've had for over fifteen years lol.  I've also never had a gooseneck before, but I'm excited about it.  You can see the tack room door and the front stall escape door here.

 Chrome was relaxed (see his cocked hind leg?) while sniffing the thick rubber mats.

I'm going to feed him on it every day, so I put his bucket in the trailer.  He walked right on and started eating with no hesitation.  I was armed with sugar cubes and my clicker and didn't even need it!!  This is the first time in his entire life he's ever been on a step up trailer too.  I think he much prefers it over the ramp on our other trailer.

I made him leave his food to unload and reload several times, then I tried self loading him for the first time.  See the video below.

I was SO proud of him!!  He walked right on with no hesitation.  I think he likes this trailer so much better.  The other one is too dark and closed in.  I love that the inside of this one is white.  It will help reflect heat as well.  The windows will let lots of air flow in too.  He will just have to wear his fly mask to protect his eyes.  Stock type horse trailers are very popular where I live because it gets extremely hot here.  If I could afford a closed in Sundowner with air conditioning I would totally do that, but this will work just fine for our short trips.

I'll keep you up to date on repairs and repainting and I'll definitely let you know when I haul him for the first time on it!  It might be a while though because we are still working on the truck.  I have to go now.  I miss you guys!!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ride 158 - Happy 10th Birthday Chrome!!!!

Today is Chrome's tenth birthday!!  I just can't believe he's ten already.  How has the time flown by so quickly??  We were lucky to have a pretty day to get photos.  It's been raining constantly all spring, so it was a surprise.  I started out by giving him a bath.

He was nasty!  I forgot to get blue shampoo, so I couldn't get all the stains out, but it was much better than before. 

"Save me!" his eyes are saying.

After the bath we took a ton of pictures, then we had our ride.  I'm going to cover the ride first and put the rest of the photos at the bottom because there are a TON and they might not all load for anyone who has slow internet.  The ride was thirty minutes and was just on the property and the road in front of our property.  We did quite a bit of cantering.  He was being lazy so I got a crop and he tried bucking once, but it wasn't bad.  I used it very lightly after that and he did really well so I praised him and then stopped and did some desensitizing.  It all went well, considering how little work we've been doing.

No clue why the angle is so low, but Chrome's expression is cute!! 

 His tail looks SO much better.

 He was being so lazy.

The weather was perfect.  Look at the blue sky and green grass!

Okay next up are my favorite pictures, then below that is the rest of us posing together, so you can skip them if they don't load or are boring.  I just wanted them to remember the day by.

I about died laughing when he did this!!!! Bored much Chrome??

Yep, he's a pro at posing, but eventually he gets bored.

He still has a decent neck when he gets his head out of the clouds.

Almost white tail and dapples!

Still his favorite trick.  Love his smile!!

Doesn't he look sexy when he's not obese??  I just need to get muscle on him.

Below are the rest of the pictures that shouldn't require captions.

Equestrian Bucket List Item 38 - Complete!

I was able to do something I've wanted to do my whole life!  I rode in a parade!  It wasn't a huge one.  There were probably around twenty horses and it only covered three or four blocks, but it was still so amazing.  Rocky was an absolute rock star (no surprise, he's done this before).  I had SO much fun!  We got to throw candy to all of the kids and I think we even made it on the news, but I didn't see it because it was in a different town from the one I live in.  I wish I could have ridden Chrome, but I think he's just too inexperienced with other horses to do something like that.  I will someday though.  I wasn't able to get many pictures because I was throwing candy and waving, but that's okay because I was able to be in the moment and enjoy myself.

 Waiting for the parade to start.  Rocky was bored, but stood still very well.

 I blurred everyone out for privacy. Lining up for the parade.

This photo was taken on my cell phone from Rocky's back.  That's how close the fire trucks were.  They were blaring their horns and sirens the whole time!  I was so proud of how well Rocky did!!  That was an experience I won't soon forget.