I was planning to post all week.
First about my fantastic ride on Saturday where I cantered into my first fence (not including the second jump in a line) since sometime in December.
Then I planned to write about my failed attempt to ride on Sunday because of my jackass neighbor, his ATVs, horse spooking antics, and Subi going lame.
I hoped to write about my lesson on Wednesday which ended up not happening due to rain (so much rain) and a massive migraine. This would have been my first lesson since December.
Then I planned to write about my rescheduled lesson on Thursday. The lesson, by the way, was great.
Instead? I’m writing about my trailer. My trailer, my lovely OLD beater of a trailer which was purchased for Batt but also with Hayley in mind has been a lifesaver. Subi will load in it as well. But Batt? That was HIS trailer. He self loaded with confidence in that thing. Nay Nay? He dislikes it, but loads without issue. He likes the step up, but it’s a bit rickety for him. Still, he is willing to eat the world’s best alfalfa in the trailer so it’s not all bad…
At least until my drive to my lesson. Then things got bad.
Keep in mind my trailer is old. It’s a 1989. But it was refurbished in 2013? It was serviced/checked out when I got new tires the end is 2019 and I planned to get it looked at this year (last year… Covid). It’s basically the most basic steel box. But it works as I regularly drive 3.5 miles ROUND TRIP and that might be being generous. 1 mile to my lesson, 2 home if I take the long way… yeah.
So, driving to my lesson yesterday morning and in the side mirror I saw the rear trailer tire wobbling… a lot. Shit. It looked like it was going to come off. I had 2 choices, well 3. Stop in the middle of the road, continue to my trainer’s driveway, or go home. I could see the driveway so I continued on to my lesson as that seemed to be the best option. I parked, checked the bolts (tight) called my husband who also checked the bolts, and tacked Nay up and rode.
Ultimately, the group of us uneducated auto people determined it was the axle. At some point I lost the hub cap. And the wheel wasn’t straight. I called a few garages and found one close who would take it. The US Rider to arrange a flatbed.
Fail. They couldn’t get a flatbed. They did find someone to tow it slowly. Fine. If something went wrong, it was on them. Except the wrong hitch was given to the tow people (I specifically said I wasn’t looking at the ball size and I didn’t know). They told the company 2 5/8…
I went out to wait and then waited over an hour. Then we couldn’t get it hitched… then we tried to use my hitch but rusted on my truck. Ultimately, I had to drive it the 4 miles to the garage with the tow guy as my escort with his 4 ways making sure no one died or that the wheel didn’t fly off. We averaged 10-15mph but the wheel stayed on (his boss basically said we had to keep going if we lost the wheel but I didn’t know it)… we made it to the world’s tiniest parking lost where thankfully the shop owner parked for me. He said he hoped it would be about a week…
All of this of course is assuming that the repair costs aren’t so extreme that they are more than the trailer… I’m casually searching for a trailer. Used. Newer. I say 2000 is newer but my mom is encouraging 2010 or newer. Anything is new compared to 1989! Nay got a ride home from the haul in that rode after us. He was very unsure of the ramp, but he’d be ok with time. Still, I think he’d prefer a step up at this point. Straight or slant, no preference. So if anyone knows anything in the midatlantic that is affordable, let me know!
ughhh that sucks — glad it didn’t result in an accident, and good luck with repairs / replacement!
Definitely a benefit of my short drive at 25-30 mph speed limits. If I could more easily cut through yards/fields and didn’t need to cross a busy road and people didn’t drive like idiots, I could walk over. I rode Batt, but he was traffic safe.
Oh no! Glad you live so close to your indoor! Good luck on the trailer hunt. I am on that too after my saddle hunt is complete
I’m hoping the repairs aren’t terrible and can allow me to casually shop until I find the right trailer. If I didn’t have to cross 472, I’d feel more comfortable walking but people drive like lunatics on that road… the number of accidents on the tiny stretch (100 feet) I’d have to be on it for isn’t worth it with Nay. Batt? He was traffic safe though it was still scary with him (because of cars, not the horse).
That is nerve wracking. I am with your mom on this.
I’m hoping I can get my trailer fixed to last me until I can get something. At this point I’m leaning new vs buying someone else’s problems (1989 to 2021?!?!?!) but stock is non existent so I might have a few month wait. Ideally my trailer will be road safe for what I need it for until then. If the mechanic does a decent job, I might even be able to sell it for…something. The tires are new. Lol
yikes i hope you find something safe and reliable!
Eeeek that’s scary. Glad you got there okay and hope it’s not a huge fix!
Thank you! I’m ready to say goodbye to this trailer, I’d just like to get it fixed first so I can sell it…and hopefully pay for the repairs…