I don't really want a new truck, I want a new trailer. I did lots of research and asked lots of people (please note the folks at the dealership are idiots when it comes to determining load safety) and came to the conclusion my truck would be fine for a two horse gooseneck with a dressing room but no front ramp. And I was ok with that. And then I talked to my farrier. He said I would be fine and the gooseneck would actually make the rig more stable because of how the weight was distributed. Only thing I needed to be aware of is it would take longer to stop because the brakes on a 1/2 ton are much smaller than those on a 3/4 or 1 ton. At first I was ok with this. I mean, I have brakes on the trailer so everything should be fine, right? Then I got to thinking; if anything ever happened and it came to light said anything could have been prevented if I'd had a bigger truck with bigger brakes, I would be devastated. As in do my self harm kind of devastated. So at 99,500 miles, I traded my 1/2 ton, fully paid for truck for this...
I'm now no longer debt free but I think it's going to be well worth it. I won't have to worry about running a red light because I can't stop or being unable to avoid an accident for the same reason. I've never driven a truck this big and I must say the difference between a 1/2 ton and a 3/4 ton is pretty significant. I haven't pulled with it yet but I'm looking forward to it. And now I can scour used trailer ads and not worry about whether or not my truck is big enough!
Onto the pony front. Not a lot going on there other then grooming and cookie eating. It seems like we've been averaging approx 2-3 inches of rain/day for the last two weeks. To say the ground is soggy is a HUGE understatement. The next town over got 9 inches of rain in a 2 hour period Saturday night (yup, you read that correctly - 9 inches in 2 hours).
Charlie is totally unenthused by the sight of more rain.
I did go for a walk today and he got to try out his new pad from Ecogold. They were having a sale (not a discount sale because nothing is ever really on sale there) where they donated 20% of sales to a girl who was hit by a drunk driver. The money is going to help pay her horses expenses while she gets better. Charlie is officially chubby! I think he looks really good and his one girth that's typically a little large on him is now just right. The others are a tad tight. Is it odd that he has 6 girths? Every horse has 6 girths, right?
He was confused - he hasn't worn this junk in forever!
Only good thing about the monsoon - the grass is going crazy!
Now for a little Sadie update - her wound is almost gone. Nadine has been using a moxie stick (at least I think that's what she calls it) to prevent proud flesh. It's some sort of eastern medicine thing that she swears by. Seems to be working!