I sold my last trailer almost exactly a year ago. I sold it out of necessity. It wasn’t going to work with June, and seeing her climb out the window through the manager, while driving down the highway at 55 mph, was something I never ever wanted to see again.
And, as it seems to happen, I wasn’t really looking for another trailer. I wasn’t NOT looking, but lets say I wasn’t actively shopping. But then one day, driving by my veterinarian’s office, I saw a trailer for sale. I pulled over to check it out, and it was pretty much exactly what I’ve always wanted as a bumper pull.
- Two horse,
- Straight load (no mangers!)
- huge dressing room.
- a ramp
- Extra tall and extra wide.
It’s a Trail Et New Yorker Eventer (which is pretty coincidental since I’m an eventer from NY…). Floor boards are in great condition, mats are in great condition and it is structurally in great condition. There are 6 windows in the horse area which means lots of great ventilation too! As an added dork bonus, the trailer originally belonged to Adrienne Lyle (Olympic dressage rider) and there is a dustpan in the dressing room with A.Lyle on it…
I knew the seller and knew she took good care of her stuff. But, sadly, the price tag attached to it was out of my budget.
Now, before we move on I realize that some of you are throwing your palm to your forehead and asking why in the world I got another straight load. Well, let me start by saying, I grew up with straight load trailers. I personally believe horses travel most comfortably in straight load trailers. And, this particular trailer, doesn’t have mangers. If June wants to jump around, there is nowhere for her to go. I firmly believe had I bought a slant load with mangers, she still could potentially misbehave. This trailer is also incredibly airy and spacious. It’s nothing like my last trailer besides being a straight load.
Ok, so back to it being out of my budget…
I tried to forget about the trailer. But I wasn’t do a good job of it. After seeing it sit for quite some time I decided to call the owner and ask if they would accept a lower, much lower, price.
And, um, they accepted!
Since I was buying it locally, they let me take it for a test drive. Obviously I wanted to make sure June would be ok in it. So, expecting some sort of trouble, I asked a friend to help me load her, and decided to bring her bestie, Georgie, with us. I figured June could see how calm Georgie was, and maybe emulate that….
Georgie got to eat out of the manager hay bag and she really approved of it
I loaded Georgie first, and she immediately got to eating. June typically aborts on the first try at loading, so I was prepared for that. Especially since she hadn’t ever done a ramp. But, she gave it a sniff and then walked right in.
Once I closed up the back, she stood in the trailer and just looked out the door. I closed the door and waited to hear what would happen. No sound so I looked in the window. She was just munching her hay.
So, I hopped in the truck and hoped for the best. As we drove around I didn’t see any trailer swinging. My truck pulled it well, and because it is so long, the seller told me she had some stabilizer bars she uses with it and I could have if I purchased it. A 15 minute drive down the highway and I was beginning to believe it was going to be a good fit for June.
June did NOT get a manger hay bag, but instead got a hay bag by her head….
Georgie looked adorable in it, which is important too…
Once home, I opened the door to June’s stall and she was just hanging out. Standing there without a care in the world. YAY! She wasn’t anxious to get out and politely let me untie her and get her butt bar down. She backed out carefully, but once she realized there was a ramp, took normal steps backwards.
Rear view. So tall and roomy
And so, I decided to make the purchase. I hope to do lots of short trips with June at first, but the good news is, it can easily be converted to a box stall, so if she wants more room, and is naughty about the chest bar, I’ll just convert it to a box stall.
I’m excited to start getting accessories, too. I’ve already purchased a hay net, but also want a water tank for the dressing room, and probably trailer eyes.
So happy and calm while I walked around taking pics…
I’ve never had a trailer with a dressing room, so am SO excited. There are FOUR windows in the tack room, so I am TOTALLY going to be sleeping in there at shows. It will definitely fit me, my sleeping pad and the dogs. Plus, I can get a fan in there if needed and maybe some curtains for the windows if I totally want to dork out.
It’s really hard to take pics of dressing rooms
Anyway, I’m super excited and can’t wait to go pick up June and get her traveling in it. In the meantime, I’ll just stare at it lovingly.