She's a big girl - makes the Bitch look smallThe horse trailer Mom and Bill gave us as a wedding present, but RCC's so comfortable trailering that I didn't feel much need to step up to the plate. Since RCC had to work, I had to Cowgirl Up and get it done. I didn't want my first time trailering to be with Ranger and Estes in the back...I figured I couldn't do much to hurt the hay.
When Bill and I finished with the truck on Wednesday, he hooked up the trailer for me so RCC wouldn't have to do it between shifts at work on Thursday. (Side note to Rachel: Bill had time to take pictures because we have two rules: 1) you work on your own car, and 2) when using Grandma Nita's garage, there must always be token testosterone present. Bill was my "consultant" and token testosterone to make Grandma feel better.)
Friday, once we got the call that Ida was ready to load our hay, the Bitch and I were ready to go...
Deep breathing...lots of it for me
The drive to Lyons was mostly uneventful - there were a couple of times that I sucked some of the seat's cotton batting up, but overall, I was feeling pretty good by the time I got to Ida's. Bill took the trailer in to the hay field for me, as it's a little tricky, but I drove out once I was loaded.
The Bitch is an old truck and had to take it slow going up the hill. We had to pull over a couple of times for her to catch her breath.
Look at how small Bill and Mom's load is. Slackers.
We made it to the Lodge in one piece and then had to figure out how to get the trailer into the pen. This is the first time we've ever fed the large bales. We decided that it would be easiest to free feed while Mom is still healing, so the plan is to park the trailer in the pen, tarp one bale and allow the horses to feed off the other one. Bill walked the path we'd be taking and mapped it out. It was scary and I know he planned on doing the driving, but I decided I'd made it that far, I wasn't going to wimp out at the end.
From the Lodge parking lot, we had to drive down through the yard, between two big trees, hang a hard left and into the 9' gate. Easy, no?
More deep breathing...in, out...in, out... and we're off...
Managed to make the turn between the trees without a hitch
In through the gate...
Okay, so it didn't go quite that smoothly, but I did manage to make it through with only a slight bump on the fence. Bill, being co-driver, was "kind" enough to video the whole thing...
On the coattails of my success, I decided to hook up the horse trailer and did it on my second try, which made me very happy.