Friday night gave me an hour lesson with my farmer. He got in the passenger seat and said, "Okay. Back it all the way to the barn." I hadn't gone forward yet! I tried and tried, but after about thirty attempts I got a break. C.S.Farmer said it was time to go out in traffic. Did I tell you it was rush hour? I did okay until we got to a nearby town and I had to get gas. I pulled over for him to get the rig into a gas station. We took all four pumps at the station. They were so crowded and we were so in the way. People don't understand, so I was glad the farmer was in charge. I was also glad he paid for the gas. His truck is really expensive to fill. The twenty I usually carry wouldn't have gone very far. When we finally got home, I took the truck to our barn road and turned around. I had to back to do it, but it only took two tries. Then I was on the straight road, once again trying to back the rig to the big barn at the end of our barn road. The trailer has a mind of its own and I wasn't very successful. I was able to back up for about ten feet, but I managed to have the trailer jack knife. (That means the trailer made an "L" to the truck.) I had to quit for the evening.
Our truck and stock trailer is on the right. The pretty mare is Molly.
When it was show time, we were able to load Molly into the trailer with no problem. She was wonderful loading, but once in, she thought she was leaving for good! She rocked and stomped (repeat 20 times). I left for the show, but warned D3 that I would have to turn around and go back home if she kept it up on the highway. D3 kept calling for Molly to settle down. "Whoa!" Eventually, the mare calmed down and we arrived at the show. I was able to pull into a place in the field where I didn't have to back up when it was time to leave. YAY!
Molly won 2-thirds,1- fourth, and 1- sixth. Not bad for a horse who had never been to a horse show! She wasn't phased by the loud speaker or kids in strollers. She LOVED meeting the other horses and answered all of their neighs. It was a great day!
a "green horse" class (new horse)
Waiting for the judges