Getting ready for the Away trip to Joseph, Oregon with the stable...
(all photo's are phone photos)
It affords the "Load Leveler Bars" to be placed as I am borrowing my sisters BIG trailer. My sister impresses me with safety all the time and even though most the time, nothing will happen bad, she has taught me to plan for the time it may happen. So this measure of safety, I am happy to comply with. Of course, the new thing came with the extra other measures we had to fix..it being a different length than hers..now we had to go reconfigure the chains too! It's kinda long load so I will be the one making the WIDE turns!
This whole event of fixing the trailer parts happened after my mare got fit for her new RED Renegade hoof boots!
The gal must have though me nutty...I was kinda excited that they were RED. Out of all the colors this rep could have brought, These were the ones I would have ordered!
This fitting was this representatives and mine first meeting, though we had been arranging it for some time. I was to be reshod in 2 days and planned on a full set of "EASY WALKERS" but, THEO needed the hoof boots for this trip. Look how pretty the RED Boots look- on his Black legs!
I prepared for the time when I will not have the E.W. horseshoes on and needed the protection of a hoof boot, so we split the travel cost for the fitting.... BOY am I glad I did buy the rear boots....
as a few days later when my gal came out to re shoe, Wa just couldn't or wouldn't hold her hind up for the shoeing..she seemed off when I took her into the arena to stretch her out and see what was the issue. It was not worth tweaking her out and trouble it took the barefoot specialist(former farrier) to try to Shoe her hinds with the E.W. shoes...I listened to my mare and said...we'll be good without.
Another part of the puzzle was to trailer Theo and WA together. So a few days later we planned this...I hooked up the truck with new configuration...not too tough, and we prepared for the loading. Poor Theo has not been in a trailer since he was almost Deathly ill with a twisted gut in colic, last fall...he was a bit nervous....
While he willingly loaded, he did try a few escapes. I asked if I may take over the loading procedures...I don't want anyone getting hurt in my trailer, I would rather do it.
I used my training stick wedged behind his hind end to make sure he did not bolt/back out..and he did turn around quickly one time, to face me and I had the stick between us in a flash, and he realised...not to come through me or he'd hit himself. We have a peaceable understanding he and I. I handle him sometimes when I bring in or out of pasture. We started this understanding last fall, as I would hand walk him during the colic time...he can be a fearful handful, but he also is very sensitive and as long as I respectfully ask things of him but with a certain competent authority, he complies nicely. This will be something he will gradually understand, trusting, as we continue to repeat good experiences.
We had a fabulous ride, just trailering 1 mile down the road from the stable. Though, we had some challenges there, as the forest was being logged and trees were falling loud and hard. Those two horses acted great -with the commotions!
All in all, it will be working out nicely= New trailer hitch, new boots, will travel!
And the best of all...Good freinds and My man!
BARKING MAD FARM here we come!
Some views...oou lala!