Breaking the Silence with…….Trailer Mods!

Because I think some people might get a kick out of what I’ve done to my trailer (by “I” I actually mean mostly my dad with some of my help). We did quite a bit to it before the historically awful trail ride last year. Good news is that there’s been several successful trips in this bad boy since that one. Jenna even agreed to trail ride with me again. She’s a saint. I’ll update on what we’ve been up to this week. We’ve done a few things here and there, but I’m happy to say that I’m hoping to take the little Smokerton to his first show sometime this year. Especially if Jenna and Penny want to go with and actually pretend like they know us while we’re there.

Forgive some of these dark pictures. It was fading light and, well, inside a trailer.

Without further ado, here’s what I did to my [new-to-me] trailer last year that I’m pretty proud of!
Day of purchase:

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What did we do?

For reference (and because I didn’t take any pictures of the inside before we went all crazy on it, here’s the original inside of this model trailer (though not mine):

trailier interior

Added height and depth to the top of the divider by adding in new bars on top of and behind the existing tube structure. (Yellow box is approximately the original size/shape of the divider top.)

top bars

Added a bottom panel to the divider to decrease the ability for horses to access each other underneath the divider when trailering together. We also enclosed both sides of the divider with solid sheet metal. Only one side was closed in the original setup. (Yellow box is all new portion of the bottom of the divider)

Bottom part

Added blocking bars to the extendable portion of the divider to inhibit any curious (or furious) legs from getting stuck through the divider when it was extended and locked in place. (Those small bars extend out with the divider to the full length of the closed divider.)

extender

Added rings for hanging a hay bag.

Put in some holes in the existing trailer roof bar to hang a tack rack.

Added adjustable “locking” mechanisms to the saddle racks to keep them from flopping about all over the place.

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Stall mats!

Bracing on back of tack room divider wall to reduce noise from wobbly metal. This didn’t really work as planned, so there may be some more construction happening here eventually.

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Hooked up the brakes, rewired some lights, replaced some cracked light housings, new lock on tack room door, installed electric brake unit in my truck, all manner of locks to lock this thing up while I’m not near it (see The Great Trail Ride Adventure for how that tends to work out for me…).

Repainted sadly falling off stone guard.

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Mods made by the lovely folks at Discount tire: Giant dent in front of the trailer and matching dent in the back of the truck fender from jackknifing them into each other. I was told when I dropped it off that “the only tech who will drive this rig drives tractor trailers for a living.” Gosh, I sure hope not.

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Long Awaited Updates

It’s been a while since I caught up with all my horse adventures!

Elisa and my’s trip had a little hiccup at the last minute and we weren’t able to go to Canon City to see the horses there. The Wyoming Checkerboard horses had just been rounded up and shipped there, so they were under quarantine during our scheduled visit. Nuts.

We did, however have a great time at Ridgecrest and saw some really cool horses, learned a lot and had a downright adventure.

While Elisa didn’t find the horse of her dreams in those pens, we were able to document over 70 horses with tag numbers and post photos for others to pick them out of the pens. Basically doing anything we could to get some adopted – which I think we at the very least helped to do!
Below are some pictures I took with my phone (which are only a paltry few compared with the hundreds we ACTUALLY took on real cameras).

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What else has the gray pony been up to? Well, lately I’ve turned my attention to getting myself in shape to ride English and getting Smokey to, well, move.

Some folks were out to test ride one of the horses at the barn a few weeks ago and I was riding Smokes in the arena with them. He wasn’t going basically anywhere when asked, so I gave him a sturdy whack with the crop on the rump and got hardly an ear flicked my direction for my efforts. After our ride, one of the other boarders said the people trying the horse out asked about Smokes and when she told them he was a mustang, they were baffled that he would be so lackadaisical towards the crop. And moving in general.

How did I get the only putter-er of a mustang?

I still love him.

We went on another trail ride, as well! We went back to Roosevelt State Park and rode with the folks at Roosevelt Riding Stables on a trail ride with my coworkers (gee, I wonder who pushed for that as our teambuilding for the quarter….). We had a great time, and Smokes was only slightly hesitant to hop back on the trailer to go home. He was EXHAUSTED after that ride since it was more up and down hills. I felt bad because his feet were sore from the terrain, but he did fine. Just a sleepy boy afterwards.

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We only hit one snag on the way home. Someone kindly left a 4×6 in the middle of the highway for me to avoid with my truck, but hit with my trailer wheel. When I pulled over to check on everything, I found the divider had been loose (with by Smokey’s magical butt or hitting the wood). Smokey was none too happy to be stuck in the trailer and gave his best heave ho to push the door open when I snuck in to put the divider back. Thankfully, his butt was near the hinge and I held it closed. The divider, however was too far back and bent so that it wouldn’t latch again. Smokey spent the rest of the ride tied to the front, but with the divider pulled back. Not my favorite, but sufficed for the trip home. This is why I need someone to ride with me to these events…

Other horsey news: I ran into Elisa at a show at Will’s Park with her Mustang Magic mare, Hwin. Hwin is an adorable little gray mare from Adobe Town, WY – so you know I’m secretly in love with her. Smokey needs a girlfriend, right? Well, they were riding in both the English and western classes that day. I got to hang around for some of the English classes and videoed one of them (below). Keep in mind this mare is 6 weeks form the wild. Elisa is just that good, y’all.

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