I'm back! Sorry for the radio silence last week, but it was hectic. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably didn't miss much though! When we left off last week, I was still trying to decide which horse to bring as my alternate.
|Cara (she's really not grumpy, she just didn't think she looked photo worthy)|
Last weekend I had two lessons on Cara, one on Huey, and one on Jamp. I finally decided that Cara would be my alternate. And also that I'm too old for four lessons in two days. I slept like a rock Sunday night!
I worked a half day on Monday, and then went home to work Jamp and finish getting things ready for the show. Once I was done in my barn, I headed over to my trainer's to pick up Cara. All went smoothly. We packed her stuff into the trailer, as well as a couple bales of hay (she's allergic to certain hay, so best to bring what she's used to). Then we walked Cara into the trailer, kicked the goats out of the trailer (trainer has two baby mini goats, they are hilarious!), and we were ready to head back to my farm. AND that's where things started to go wrong. I hopped into the truck, turned the key, and... nothing. Bruce wouldn't start! Bad Bruce.
It was at that moment I decided to only bring Jamp. Assuming I could get there at all. So we unloaded Cara, all of her things, and the hay. Trainer's hubs opened the hood, and discovered a corroded battery. He cleaned it up for me, and Bruce started right up! He said though, that it was probably a bad battery, and I should have it looked at before leaving for the show. Heard that loud and clear! So Bruce, the trailer, and I headed for home without Cara. As I was driving home, the radio shut off. Then the lights dimmed... I was PRAYING I'd make it home without losing brakes or steering or anything vital. Thankfully I made it.
Jamp and I pulled into the show grounds with plenty of time to get in the ring and school. I decided to unpack the trailer, but not set up until after we did our warm up. Best to get the important things done first! Jampy schooled GREAT! Which I really needed... The angst was starting to catch up with me!
Once I had him all cleaned up and settled into his stall, I got to work setting up the grooming stall. It was kind of nice having Cara's stall for a feed stall too.
I pretty much fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow that night! Stop by later to find out how the big day went!