Thursday, April 15, 2010

Goodbye Old Friend

I need to say another goodbye. This one to a very good old friend of mine...my old horse trailer.



I had this trailer for almost 6 years. It treated me pretty good, always got me where I needed to go and put up with a lot of crap. heh crap...get it?

Anyways, it was the first trailer I ever hauled, my first experience hauling a horse, my first big adult purchase. I have so many great memories with this trailer and before I said good bye to it I had to document all of it's...ummm..."character". Each bump and bruise, dent and scratch, a different memory.

Like this one...


A nice big ol' dent right on the nose. It happened the first time I tried to park it in my soft dirt, 90 degrees off of a narrow driveway parking spot after I got my trailer brakes hooked up. I wasn't used to having trailer brakes and didn't realize that they would lock up very easily on the soft dirt. I jack knifed it. Oops! The boyfriend had installed the brake box for me, so it's kind of a sweet memory. The first truck improvement of our relationship.

Then there are these chew marks...


The first time I pulled in to the boyfriend's mom's pasture to turn my trailer around after one of our first rides together and one of her other horses decided to visit the horses in the trailer and chewed on it. Kinda pissed me off at the time, it was one of the first scratches in my trailer, but I laugh about it now. Just adds character.

Then there was the front wall...


Oh, that darn front wall. As you can tell, many a horse fought with that wall. No clue what the issue was but my Midori was the only horse that EVER hauled quietly against that wall. I had a few horses come out bruised and bloody from fighting with that wall. It was annoying.

And this divider...


Oh the divider! Had a few horses get stuck in the front stall when the middle horse leaned on this divider and it got stuck closed. That was always fun. And then there was my friend's horse who decided to get stuck up on it. That's right...Up. On. It. That was really good times.

Then there was the branch that fell on it during a wind storm and took out all of these lights...


And the fender that Sugar loved to chew on any time we left her tied for any length of time...


And Sugar's tie spot that she would immediately chew on when she was unloaded...


And the kick marks from my nice little mare any time a horse was loaded in behind her. Made it an interesting game since she was the only one that would haul quietly up front.


And the little tack room that held an amazing amount of crap in a reasonably organized fashion...


Though it may not sound like it, it really was a good little trailer for me for a long, long time. So many good memories with it...trail rides, a trip to the ocean, drill practices and meets, good times with friends and many, many opportunities that I wouldn't have had without it. It was a great little trailer!

But something tells me I'm not going to miss it too much...


Oh ya! Hello, new Logan!

11 comments:

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Wow...those horses have sweet ride now! Looks good!

Paint Girl said...

I remember when I got my first trailer, well, the same trailer I have now. But, I freaked out when I saw the first scratch, um, actually I still do. I keep my trailer so clean and even though it is a horse trailer and not my car, I just can't help myself. I think I have a problem.

I can't load Fritzy on the wall of a trailer. She literally freaks out. She always goes in second.

And, OH MY GOODNESS!! You have my dream trailer, only I want a 4 horse (or bigger)!! I love it!! Nice wheels!! CONGRATS!

jrosey said...

Um, yeah! UPGRADE!! Man that sucker is suh-weet!!!

I also have fond memories of that old trailer of yours...after all, it IS the chariot that hauled home my Prince! Sniff, sniff!

Sydney said...

Mmmm nice new trailer.

However I will always be a big fan of stock trailers. Have had less incidents with stock trailers than any one with dividers. We made dividers if we needed them but most of the time we don't.

BUSH BABE said...

Ah HAH!!! I wondered where you found me, and I see Paint Girl here in the comments (HELLO PG!) - I am SO not showing this post to my husband. He would drool all over the keyboard at that last gooseneck photo... yearning for it for campdrafting ventures. And I might even consider camping overnight in one of those...
:-)
BB

Rising Rainbow said...

OMG! I am soooo jealous! Definitely a sweet ride. I'll take one just like it in a 5 horse, please!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Whoohoooo! That new trailer is too sweeeet! Congrats!

I was looking at your old trailer thinking, "Wish I lived closer" 'cause I want to upgrade from my cramped little two horse bumper pull. I enjoyed reading all the great stories, too.

But that new trailer makes me want to think bigger! That would be so awesome to have for ACTHA CTC rides!

You're going to have even greater memories and fun in that puppy!

~Lisa

Adventures of a Horse Crazed Mind said...

Oh! *drool* ooooh! Sweet. I want! I want! Lucky girl!

No matter how awesome the new trailer may be it's hard to let go of the history you have with ol'faithful.... that is the way I feel about my ugly boots.

It would have been cool to see you at PW!!

Mom said...

Ok....that was a great goodby to your old trailer!!! Loved the tour of every dent. Your a riot!!! I especially loved the end....WOW!!!! Lookin good kiddo! Hugs & love ya, Mom

Mom said...

Hi honey!!! I loved the grand tour of the old trailer!!! I loved every memory. I especially loved the end....WOW!!!! Your a riot!!!Hugs & love ya, Mom

sanjeet said...

I might even consider camping overnight in one of those
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