Including. Ahem. Continuing with our ground work / trailer practice.
|The ever-important Step 1 being: Start with a relaxed and unsuspecting ponykins. Check.|
|A surprise twist for Step 2, though: instead of hooking the truck up to the tiny step up stock trailer, shimmy on over to barn mate's more generously sized chariot. (Used with permission, obvi).|
|Commence standard ground work routine, which has progressed very nicely to something that approximates lunging at the walk and trot (tho the trot rarely lasts longer than a circle), with the added bonus of lunging over cavaletti. Good boy, Charlie.|
|Move the circus out to the trailers and intersperse grazing breaks in with ground work on and off the trailer ramp. Horse is clearly unfazed.|
|Then. Ya know. Just nonchalantly put horse on trailer. Nbd. Then weep softly as the gravity settles in on what this implies. Commence calculating out all the financial acrobatics associated with the horse's more sophisticated taste in transportation.|
Note that the horse's preference between the trailers couldn't be more obvious. Sadness.
|Let your mind go even a little crazier when this amazing 15 horse rig pulls up. Might as well go big, right?!?|
|Most important, tho, is the final step of full on anguish. Gaze wistfully out the barn door at the colorful fall foliage, and despair that money doesn't, in fact, grow on trees.|
|Decide to start small. After two and a half years, the Dover trailer hitch cover has finally succumbed to the elements. This, at least, is a cost I'm prepared to cover. Le sigh.|
Oh - and don't forget to get your Week 3 2ptober times in to either me or Megan before midnight tonight!!