Had a good lesson last night. I rode Winston again, the small but angry OTTB. My trainer gave me some more insight to his extreme head tossing and aversion to contact, so we worked on him moving just off my leg and keeping my hands low and quiet. Once he trusts his rider to not rip his face off, he actually settles down quite nicely for cross rails and 2′ type stuff. I had an enjoyable ride, and want to work with him some more if I can.
Now this challenge post is a bit of a farce, because I have seen both sides of trailer vs no trailer and I have to say – I’m happy living on the no trailer side. I was extremely fortunate to get a 2 horse aluminum trailer as a high school graduation present, which at the time was a necessity because I boarded in someone’s back yard who didn’t do much off the property. Lucky for me, Elvis was so good that the two of us could haul to a show completely alone and show all day with no trainer and no help. He was an angel in that way.
After I moved to MA, I sold my trailer and was sad to do so. However, now that I board at a bigger barn that hauls to shows I don’t miss having it at all. On top of all the show stress and prep, I don’t have to worry about negotiating traffic or if my hook up is done properly or the air pressure in my tires. For me, it’s a big relief.
If I was to buy another trailer though (unlikely!), I’d get a two horse with living quarters. Something like this…