Saturday, March 26, 2011

Big Girl Panties

I put them on over my Depends, because I was absolutely sure that at some point I was going to soil myself.  Used to be, when I was single, I'd do all sorts of stuff because I had to.  Now that RCC and I are married, I've gotten kind of soft.  If we needed to trailer anywhere, he did it.  The Bitch is his truck and the flatbed is his trailer.  But, then, who in their right mind would want to trailer Tinkerbell?
She's a big girl - makes the Bitch look small
The 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...

Success!!!!

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.

11 comments:

Allenspark Lodge said...

On the 'in through the gate' picture, you can see where the truck and trailer slid just a bit, which is what caused the ding on the fence. The corner of the trailer just barely caught the gate rail; doesn't even count. It was a hugely successful first time out trailering experience!
Mom

Once Upon an Equine said...

Trees, fence, snow...it all adds to the challenge. That sure looked like a narrow gate. Good job!

Dreaming said...

Talk about 'threading a needle'! Whew - that was tight!
If I had been driving my other half probably would have been raising his voice at me!!!
Nice driving - congrats.

Tj and Mark said...

Way to go. And I am impressed with hooking up on the second try. It usually takes me a half dozen. LOL.

Momma Fargo said...

LOL. You make such a good little rancher woman.

Allenspark Lodge said...

Her first shot at hooking up the horse trailer would have been good enough (she tapped the hitch to the coupling), except last winter the trailer jack had slid off the block, and the wheel was frozen to the ground, I couldn't move the trailer tongue over the 1.5" necessary to hook it up. Second try was DEAD NUTZ ON!

Bill

Shirley said...

That went fairly well, should give you some confidence for hauling Estes. What do you want to bet that the horses will rip the tarp off the bale and chow down on both of them? (Heehee!)

Rachel said...

You officially rock.

(Well, actually, you officially rocked when I realized that you could actually keep up in a sign language conversation between me and my mom... but this confirms it!)

Amazing job... that had to be a huge confidence builder!

My "trainer" - yeah... Mr. Daddy started calling out conflicting directions to me. I think he forgot which way was left and which way was right, dear. ;) But I shouldn't whine, otherwise he'll make me drive the trailer next time...

"Token testosterone" - wow Bill, do you feel kinda used?

And Shirley - I was TOTALLY thinking the same thing. Tarp would never ever deter our horses! hee hee!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Good for you! Hey, I've been hauling almost as long as I've been driving and still managed to take out the side of my LQ last summer. I think you did great. ;-)

BTW-They have these handy-dandy little extenda-poles with a magnet on one end and a little flag on the other that make backing up to a ball a breeze. Buy 2-one for the ball on the pickup and one for the hitch on the trailer-line them up as you are backing and voila.

(My Honey got me one when he put the fuel tank in the work truck and I couldn't see the ball in the pickup bed anymore. I was always about an inch off and after listening to me cuss vividly on several occasions, he handed me that. ;-)

Linda said...

That's awesome--congrats! It still takes me several times to get the ball lined up with the hitch--second try would be like winning the lottery. I need a back-up camera like my friend has. Now you can go anywhere you want with Estes!

Rising Rainbow said...

Good for you! One little ding on the fence, hey I just backed right into mine the other day and I've been doing this for years. LOL