Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Blowy Hills of the Pacific NW
CW- Sounds like you had a wonderful day. I'm so happy for you!
Well, the day didn't really go as planned. Kestrel is at her new barn, all tucked in for the night, but the drive home didn't go so well.
I drove the trailer out there, sweating and white knuckles, was so nerve wracking. That was an hour drive, but I did fine. We loaded Kes into the trailer, she loads very easily.
Hubby said I drove so well, that I should drive my own horse home. So, reluctantly I did take the wheel and drove home, the first time I've driven with a horse in the trailer. I felt her moving back there, A LOT. Got on the highway, which happens to be one of the most dangerous in our state, and about two minutes on the highway, traffic goes from 60 mph to 0 in about 50 yards, no kidding. My truck is very good and strong, and I slowed as best I could to make sure Kes didn't get flung around. I had a ton of space in front of me thank god, and was able to come to a stop fairly decently, not what I want with a trailer, but I didnt get rear ended or hit anyone else. Its 4 cars, all stopped on the highway, letting a family of geese across the highway. Its a 2 lane highway here, with blocks on both sides, theres no where for these goslings to get off the road. I think I said OMG 20 times before hubby told me to stop. My heart was just pumping that one, I had to slow so fast, and two, those geese and babies I know didn't make it. I feel Kes still moving around back there.
I drive the rest of the 40 minutes to the barn. Open the trailer, and Kes has broken her trailer tie! Looking closer, she has a gash above her eye, bleeding. I almost burst into tears but maintain my composure.
Get her to the stall, she's stressed, but wants to eat and drink. Good signs. I brush her and find two small scrapes on her back, which lead me to believe she must have fallen in the trailer. My poor girl, I am beside myself with guilt right now, I feel so terrible that I had to brake so quick and throw her off balance. I"m thanking God there had not been a Semi truck behind me!!
She's home, a little bruised, and my BO is going to check on her through the night. She's got some medicine on her cuts, and had lots of food and water.
Let me just say that trip has made me trailer shy in a huge way.