Long Weekend

Olivia   September 8, 2016   20 Comments on Long Weekend

As I mentioned, we spent part of Labor Day Weekend making jumps. We were also pretty busy on other horsey fronts.

On Saturday we took our old straight-load trailer to the car wash to clean it up so we can put it up for sale. We should have done it months ago, but we’ve been busy. And lazy. It was pretty dirty, but there’s nothing wrong with it structurally so it just needed a good spray down/scrubbing/vacuuming.


all dirt


So much cleaner now

It’s a much nicer trailer than our new one. I really wish Nilla would deal with the straight load and I didn’t have to sell it. If anyone in the bay area is looking for a really nice 2 horse straight-load, let me know.

Sunday was more jump building and some additional work on the trailer (painting the divider we had installed that I had previously not painted (again, lazy) and replacing one of the pads that Nilla had ripped. My husband did some arena work with Eugene and we disturbed a herd of deer. You can see the one buck resting here, but we also terrified a little yearling along the road up to the arena and there were two does and a different buck hiding in the brush behind this buck.


At one point, the other buck panicked and rad across the arena to escape. Then a doe tried to follow him, got scared and ran back into the brush. Thankfully, our horses are pretty used to crazy deer in the arena.

buck 2

On Monday, we trailered over to Rancho for a short trailer ride. Nilla’s hocks haven’t been doing great (longer story coming about that), so we didn’t attempt anything strenuous. We mostly just walked and did about 7 miles. We stopped at the viewpoint, but it was a pretty hazy day so we couldn’t see very far.



Since I took Friday off for my birthday and then took Tuesday off for the vet, it was actually a 5 day weekend for me. It’s actually the first weekend in months that both of us were actually home and not going camping or to a horse show. At first I was a little disappointed to not be doing something better with the long weekend, but it was good to actually relax get a lot of stuff done.

Did anyone else do anything fun this weekend?

20 thoughts on “Long Weekend

    1. Olivia Post author

      I honestly still don’t understand the staycation idea. I don’t mind spending a free holiday doing chores, but I would not use my vacation days. Those are for going places.

  1. sarahczspots

    Isn’t pressure washing so weirdly satisfying? haha. Copper’s hock is acting up as well. Ugh. I’ve never had one get injections and to say I’m nervous is an understatement.

    1. Olivia Post author

      It really is. It’s like a laser that removes grime. I’ve had hock injections done a bunch. I really don’t think it’s a big deal. It is expensive though.

  2. hayflinger

    I did pretty much the same thing I do every weekend …. try to take over the world


    Nah, it was riding days mainly.

    Nice clean trailer, too bad I’m 6 hours south, but your trailer is likely over my budget anyway and I’m still waffling over what I want in a trailer.

    I definitely like straight loads, Mitch self-loads and its so much easier to point him at the door and throw the lead rope over his neck and let him go in. He trailers well in pretty much anything, but I think he gets a little goofy with slants (step in, check out his neighbor’s butt, see if his new best friend has any hay, try and stick his head outside … he’s a goof) so if I’m buying a trailer, I want a straight load. Then I don’t know if I want a ramp or not, or a dressing room, or if I want a manger with tack storage under that or an open front which opens up the can of worms of Mitch getting in his trailer buddy’s face without a hay bag for distraction which I don’t think he really needs on a 5 minute trailer ride to go 2 miles down the road.

    I don’t even think my ideal dream trailer that fits my budget exists in this world. My friend’s Brenderup comes close, but those are rare these days, I found a Brenderup Solo I really like and it fits my budget, but for the price they’re asking, I’d rather have a 2-horse.

    Still looking though, eventually I’ll have a trailer that sort of fits my dreams.

    1. Olivia Post author

      The Straight load we have is really nice because it has side escape doors, so you don’t even need to throw the lead rope over, you can just walk them on and step out the door.

  3. Appydoesdressage

    Sounds like a great weekend. I had a busy one, which I am still trying to write up into a post. I am so bad lol. The trailer looks so much better after a wash, good luck selling it!

  4. Courtney

    That does look like a nice trailer… I would love one like that. If only you weren’t on the other side of the country!

    Sounds like a good weekend!

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