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CecilliaB 04-17-2010 04:05 PM

The show was fine, but my boy is hurt.
So we got to the show and Aidan had a nice but superficial flesh wound on his hip. Looked in the trailer and could not find the cause. Did our classes, he did very well except for a couple where our transitions were poor, 1 wrong lead change, 2 times he broke from a canter to a trot. Anyway, we got a 2nd in the 18" cross rail class which was pleasing, 2 1st's 3 2nd's a 4th and a 5th in our flat classes, all good sized classes except 1 which was just me and another horse and we got 2nd...this was the class we picked up the wrong lead.

So on the way home we took a wrong turn my friends husband turned around (I was in my car behind), he gunned it onto the road Aidan's butt went bellow the trailer gate and then thank God came back up and I was seriously cussing. He got knocked around a bit more but by the time we slowed down on the home stretch he was kicking the trailer which he has never done before. When I got him out I saw why, the devider had caught him on the cut he got on the way there and tore about a 10" bit of hide off. His skin was just hanging there stuck on the devider. Her husband said "Yeah he was jumping around" NO CRAP, if he didn't get slammed around he wouldn't be. So I think this is my last show till I get my own trailer. I don't want to lose a friendship over this, it's not life threatening he will be fine with some rest and TLC and salve. But I don't want to tell someone how to trailer and I don't want my horse to get hurt or have bad experiences to where he's hard to trailer. Trailering is nothing new to him, he has been trailered from Montana to WA to CA to SC as well as local trips. Not a single issue with him ever.

CecilliaB 04-17-2010 04:06 PM

Oh and I forgot that my 5 year old got the regular blue ribbon in his lead line class and took 1st in the walk only eq class out of 3. Proud of my boy. Just feel bummed Aidan is hurt.

Allison Finch 04-17-2010 04:37 PM

Dang! Sorry for the injury. Driving a trailer is an art and some will never master it.

Pinto Pony 04-17-2010 06:45 PM

Congrats! But yuck, I would not put poor Aidan in the trailer with your friend again...

kflannery 04-18-2010 09:51 AM

So sorry about Aidan:( I know how you feel about having friends trailer you. I bought a trailer a month ago because I was tired of not having reliable transportation aka friends backing out of shows! Its great now, I even make extra money trailering! I feel for you on not wanting to ruin your friendship... Nowone takes better care of your babies like YOU do! Go for the trailer! Also way to go on you SUPER MOM show victory! And of course your sons classes:)

paintluver 04-20-2010 09:11 PM

Poor Aiden. I am sorry he got hurt, but congrats to you, Aiden, and your son on showing!

Dartanion 04-21-2010 01:39 PM

I was wondering why you were talking about buying your own trailer the other day (now I know lol). I am sorry adien got hurt :(. I get seriously WIERD about other people trailering my horse. I have no exscuse though lol.. I just see how some people trailer and it's scary sometimes. I've seen someone pull up and OVER a curb into a gas station, it's like they were trying to miss the drive-in?!:shock:

Horseshowmom 04-24-2010 04:30 PM

I'm with Dartanion on this one, I don't even let my hubby drive the trailer with my daughter's horses on board. My Dad taught me how to drive pulling a horse trailer by putting a raw egg in a non slip dish and had me drive around with the idea that I wasn't to break that egg. I did that several times and not once did I break the egg. I pull the trailer with the horses like I have that egg on board. I'm so sorry to hear Aiden was injured but happy to hear you had a good show day but if I were you, I'd break down and get that trailer. It's much nicer. I am currently teaching my daughter to pull the trailer so she can take herself to horse shows -- someday soon but not yet.

CecilliaB 04-26-2010 08:50 AM

Thanks for all the kind words. Yeah we have one more show then the whole area takes about a 3 month break cuz of the heat and humidity so we'll only miss the one show then I can get the trailer :) His safety is way more important.
Horseshowmom thats a goo way to teach careful driving! May have to do that with my own children when the time comes!

Horseshowmom 04-26-2010 09:05 AM

Oh I just realized I forgot I do put a bit of shavings in the bowl with the egg to give it cushion -- eggs are a bit more fragile than a horse but yes, it does help. It does put things into perspective -- I should try the egg thing again for me -- I probably would break it now not because I drive differently but because I'm more confident with the trailer and can drive a bit faster now. LOL I was always afraid of breaking that silly egg. But it made me think that horses have to ride back there and if you can give them the best ride then they will be happier when you get to your destination. I hope Aiden is healing up well and bummer that you'll miss the last show but when you get your own trailer you will be happier. It's nice to be able to set up the tack area with your own supplies and know they'll be there when you want them.

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