Saturday, August 18, 2012

Back from Vacation. Video tour of a really COOL horsetrailer at bottom of post.


Summer is almost over and we were on vacation in Illinois and Michigan.  But, it is great to be home!  We missed Oberon and have spent the past week reviewing ground work and doing a lot of trotting.  He had a leg injury and we couldn't ride him for two months, so we are building muscle.





 And of course - everything turns into a photoshoot!  :)



The oversize Wintec the girls ride in is below.  We are saving our money up for nice fitted, dressage saddles...



and I'm also wishing for a horse trailer...but that will have to wait a few years.  The video below is Catherine Haddad Staller sharing the Theault (www.stadiumtrucks.com) (www.theault-america.com).  I'm sure I won't end up with anything this pricey or fancy... but one can dream.

10 comments:

Dom said...

That trailer is NUTS.

Shirley said...

Welcome back!
I really would like to have one of those horsetrucks- great design!

Andrea -Mustang Saga said...

Welcome back! Lovely pictures! I love that you and your girls have just as much fun playing on the ground as in the saddle.

I've been thinking a lot about horse trailers lately, almost wondering if a 2 horse trailer might work for me. Then the other day when I was working we had an incident that was a repeat of what has happened to two other people I know. In a 2 horse trailer with a manger, the horse climbed up into the manger, fell down, thrashed around, and cut open her head pretty badly. She was lucky that's all she did. It just drove home why I'd told myself before that I would never have a trailer with a manger, whether it's a 2 horse or something else (they do make slant loads with mangers). This horse truck looks cool but if the horse were to go over the "chest bar" it'd land right on your saddles... Also, for hauling long distances the horse can't get its head down to let its sinuses drain. I think my ideal trailer is a slant load with removable dividers, for hauling tame or wild horses. :) I've also realized it's not the size of the trailer that matters so much as how angled the slant is, and how far apart the dividers are. I'd rather have them fit a little snug from side to side but have lots of room from nose to butt. Oh, and Tonka tells me he likes to have a window that opens at his head, even if I only open it when we're stopped. :) There's my 2 cents about trailers, not that you asked for it. :)

jenj said...

That trailer is CRAZY! Very cool though.

When it comes time to buy a trailer, I highly recommend reading "The Complete Guide to Buying, Maintaining, and Servicing a Horse Trailer" before you buy. Lots of good advice, and good (researched) discussion of what works and what doesn't. I own a 2 horse straight load with a ramp, escape doors on both sides, and no mangers. Never had a horse refuse to get in, and it's extremely well-ventilated. This is a must if you live where it's hot and your trailer doesn't have a built-in AC unit, lol!

Margaret said...

Love the feedback. I love that it is all in one (no hitches to mess with) but I was nervous thinking about the chest wall and manger. I won't have anywhere near the $ to buy this expensive of a one, anyway. I like the idea of a two horse slant load. Thanks for the advise and links.

Janine said...

LOL, that is my dream trailer as well! But yes, we better win a lottery to afford one:)

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Wow - deluxe! Guessing I won't make enough money in my lifetime to afford a truck like that. Lots of good features.

I pull a Brenderup which I love. Not sure you can buy them new in the US anymore, but you can find them used.

Thanks for the aspirational video. ;)

Jack said...

Those are really awesome horses. You seem to take care of them well.

hmuxo said...

thank you for sharing these amazing photos with us...and your stories are wonderful, Margaret!!

achieve1dream said...

Wow, that truck is cool!! I'm also not a fan of the manger setup, but it would be so cool to not have to hitch and unhitch a trailer lol. And I love the camera in it. Wish I could afford something like that. :D