Trail Ride Vacation Plans

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

DH and I are working hard to take a vacation in just over a month. We have not been on a vacation in 7 years and think it is high time we had some relaxation. He has had a bad time the last couple of years with his health and we have hardly been able to ride at all. He is on the mend now and we are planning to go on a trail ride for our vacation. It's a big ride 2 hours haul from our house. We have friends that go and we look forward to spending time with them. Mostly we look forward to getting away from the hospital, doctor visits, work and the phone. It will be so good to be able to relax and just enjoy some down time together.

But getting ready for a week long ride and campout is very hard work. Especially when all our stuff has been moved around and stuffed away in the process of moving 2 1/2 years ago. I have most of the work to do myself because of DH's health situation right now. I have managed to clean out the living quarters on the trailer and get it mopped and wiped down. Today I started scraping and steel brushing inside the hauling compartment. It's an older trailer that has not been used in 3 years so it's in need of a lot of TLC. We got new mats for it and have to put those in. They sure are heavy buggars.

Next I have to get our tents out and set those up to check for rips and to make sure I have all the stakes and poles. I am pumping up all the air mattresses to make sure they still hold air. I have made long lists of all we have to bring with us. It's quite extensive as it will be primitive camping and we even have to haul our drinking water with us.

But as much work as it is we are very much looking forward to it.

One other important thing I have to get done is to ride the mares a bit before we go. They have not been ridden in quite a while so I need to dust off their manners. I got to ride one of the girls a few days ago. This is Godiva, a regstered TWH mare. She is coming 18 this year and she is a pleasure out on the trails. Very easy to handle and completely trustworthy. DH will be riding her.

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South Hamilton, MA

I hope that you have great weather for your ride.

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

hope you have alot of fun!

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Hope you have a blast and get to relax finally!!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Had the vet out today to get the coggins done. We had blood pulled from Godiva, Coffee and Ben. We moved Firefly back to her old barn 2 days ago so she could keep it eaten down for a friend, so we didn't have her coggins done. Don't plan to be riding her anyway. May take Ben somewhere later this year.

We got the lights fixed on the truck and all the lights rewired on the trailer. Also got the hauling compartment scraped and brushed down. Now we will paint it with Rustoleum. Put new mats in too.

Got 2 of the air mattresses tested and cooked a couple suppers worth of food an have it in the freezer. Things are coming together!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

DH has had to start IV meds again. We may still get to make part of our ride. W got the girls shod and Ben trimmed.

South Hamilton, MA

I hope that you get to ride.

Richmond, TX

And perhaps this abbreviated ride can be a warm-up for another later on?

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

We are still making plans and getting things ready. I went to the thrift store today and bought a couple nice non stick pots with glass lids for the camper.

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

glad you're still going. have fun!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Looks like Wed through Sat but at this point I will be glad for even that. May end up taking Godiva and Dixie, my friend's mare that I was buying. It's up in the air now.

Richmond, TX

I hope it all works out for you. You deserve a change of scene if nothing else.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Getting the last of the plans in place to leave Wednesday. Really getting excited. Decided I'll take Coffee. She is out of heat finally. I know what I have in her. Dixie is an unknown. She may get out in a crowd and wig out on me. That would put a damper on my vacation for sure.

Richmond, TX

I'm glad you are going to be able to go. Have a great time!

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

glad you can go. Have fun!

Medina, OH

Happy trails, Cajun! We will want to hear all about it when you return.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Vacation is in the books and it was a mixed bag. We left Wednesday after DH's infusion. Had to make a few stops for fuel, feed and the like. We got to the ride about 4:30 in the afternoon. Spent til dark getting camp set up. The next morning we slept in and then I took a ride on Coffee. I had to constantly push her to get her away from camp and Godiva. She wouldn't stand still for me to take pics. When I got back to camp I expected DH to be visiting with our friend at his tack trailer but he was home trying to calm Godiva. She nearly pulled down the tie line after I left on Coffee. They were like that the whole time. Grrr

The second night we were nearly killed by a horrendous storm. Rain, lightning and winds like a hurricane. And I know hurricanes. DH was holding the tent wall up and I was praying and trying to watch the horses on the tie line. We put the computer, phone, camera and DH's glucose meter and testing supplies and our meds in a plastic tote to keep them from getting wet. EVERYTHING else got soaked. When the storm let up a bit we ran for the horse trailer. We spent a miserable night among the boxes.

Sun came out the next day so we cleaned out the back of the van, put an air mattress in it and took a nap for a couple hours. Then we cleaned out the tent and put stuff in the sun to dry. I dipped 7 buckets of water out of the tent floor. When everything had dried, we got it all set back up and looked forward to a restful night. I fed the horses and went to the community tank to get a bucket of water for the dogs. I struck up a conversation with a guy watering his horse and found out the weather was supposed to be as bad or worse for the night as it had been the night before. Soooo, we emptied the tent and set up in the carrying compartment of the trailer. We covered the windows with bags and tarps, covered the floor with a tarp and put the big air mattress in. During the night it started to rain and yep, you guessed it, we had leaks!! The bed got wet and my pillow got soaked. The bed started to leak air and we were nearly on the floor by morning. DH tried to get up in the night to use the bathroom and he got a cramp in his leg. His foot got wrapped up in the sleeping bad and he couldn't move. He was screeching and wailing and I was trying hard not to laugh. :) I was just real glad he didn't wet his pants. I had way too much dirty laundry without that. So, now we had had 2 miserable nights.

But the sun came out again the next day and we were able to take a nice ride and visit with friends. We made new friends with the folks who camped behind us and they fed us the whole time. We were having fun in spite of the problems. We took a nice ride again on Saturday evening and we got our pic taken by the official photographer. The trail we took was not wet and muddy like the first day. We climbed 2 hills and topped out on a ridge where we could see for miles. It was awesome.

We spent Sunday morning packing up. It was hard getting everything back together with it all being so muddy but we managed. The tent was a loss. During the storm one of the poles had bent and crimped and the canvas had torn in a couple places so we drove off and left it standing. The new 12 x 14 tarp under it will be good payment for whoever takes it down. LOL We also burned the big air mattress.

I got a black eye for a souvenier. One of the horses snatched the tie line at just the wrong time and the big swivel flipped up and hit me under the eye. It made a huge knot and it hurt a bit but I tacked up and had a good ride. It's good for conversation. LOL

Another funny thing happened. We were out on a ride and started down a trail. There was a horse standing by itself. I told DH, "Look, there's an empty horse." Then he saw a woman's head sticking out of the bushes so we figured she was using the bathroom. We went back up the trail about 20 feet to give her some privacy. A few minutes later we heard her talking to somebody who had come up the trail behind her. So we went on passed them and I heard her telling the other person she had gotten bucked off!! She had landed in the bushes where DH saw her. And we thought she was peeeing so we left her there! I felt bad about leaving her but she didn't say anything about needing help. Guess she was too dazed. It's funny now but I don't imagine she saw the humor in it. LOL

So that's how our trip went. We had good times and bad times and can't wait to go again. It won't be so hard next trip because there will be lots less cleaning and packing to do. And we learned things the hard way on this trip that we will profit from for the next trip. Like, where all the leaks are. LOL





Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I have tried 3 times to post pics and it won't work.

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South Hamilton, MA

what a wild time--glad that you enjoyed yourself.

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

glad you made it back safe and sound. sounds like you had fun inspite of the trials.

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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Glad you still managed to have fun!!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I read this thread through and enjoyed our trip again. I am so glad we went. We had thought about skipping the spring ride and going in the fall. I am so glad we didn't. DH started having problems with his foot right after this again and ended up having his foot and lower leg amputated in July. Needless to say we have done no riding since. He is very much looking forward to getting his prostetic so he can ride again. I think Ben's laid back personality and his close bond with DH will make it easier for DH to get back to riding again. The problem I am having with Ben is that he is apparently a hard keeper like his Momma and I am having a hard time getting him to fill out. Godiva, Firefly and Max are all as fat as mud and Coffee and Ben look like they are victims of a famine. It is so frustrating. The only thing I know to try, that I have not already tried, is to give them free choice hay from a round roll.

Richmond, TX

I think free choice hay is a good idea if you can get quality hay in a round bale. Around here they are mostly only suitable for cattle.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

A good number of the farmers here have gone to round bales and it's the same hay they were baling into small square bales. I'd like to get some cheap, "trash" hay in small square bales for my goats. They love the stuff. The weedier it is, the better they like it.

Richmond, TX

Sounds like a plan!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

The trash hay is easy enough to find but they are selling it at horse hay prices. When we have a moulded bale we feed it to the goats.

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Loved reading about your ride/extreme camping/faith and attitude testing/bonding adventure with DH and commitment to seeing humour in every circumstance. You are quite an interesting character. Also, kudos to your DH for taking advantage of this opportunity in spite of health issues.

I'm praying God's best to you both as he recovers from the surgery and presses on to "ride again."

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

We are still moving forward even if it's slow. DH got to test drive a leg as he called it. Be so very glad when he can have one of his own. After he tried it on he dreamed that night about riding his horse.

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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

The progress may be slow but at least he is getting there. Great shot of him trying a new leg!!

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I don't know when he might he able to get one f his own. I asked the man how much a stripped down model costed and he said they were between $7000 & $12,000. That is a lot of money. But somehow I think it will happen if the Lord is willing. We just have to have faith.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

DH has had a prosthetic leg for a few months now. He is doing pretty good on it. Mostly still uses the roller aide to walk or steadies himself on my shoulder. He still uses the power chair around the house and on longer trips like Wal-Mart. But he is slowly getting more mobile. His stump is steadily shrinking. They have filled in his first leg as much as possible so they took a cast and made a new top for his leg. When he tried it on it was already too big so we are waiting for them to call back with a smaller one. Meanwhile he is putting layers of special socks on to tighten it up. I think he will progess much quicker when he gets the smaller top. Biggest problem he is having right now is bad pain in his hips. All his doctors are specialists so they can't write a script for pain. He has been referred to the pain clinic but can't be seen until August. Please say a prayer for him.

Huron, OH(Zone 5b)

prayers sent

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I enjoyed reading through this thread again and reliving our trip. Sybram, thankyou for your kind comments.

So much has changed since this thread. We lost Coffee to liver damage caused by the neglect and starvation we rescued her from. We lost Ben to EPM and we lost Godiva. She passed peacefully in her sleep. We just brought the last two mares, Roxy and Firefly, to the boys in Louisiana. Now I just have the two cart ponies, Max and Jolene. Dear husband is getting around pretty well but still has a lot of pain in his hips. He has psoriatic arthritis. He never got to ride his precious Ben. In fact, he has never ridden since his amputation. I am so glad we have the memories of this ride to enjoy.

Richmond, TX

What happened to this site - has it been sold again? It looks so different...

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

I thought so too but it looks a lot like the plant files part. I am a creature of habit and all these changes are hard on my nerve. LOL

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Same owners but another messed up update. I don't mind changes but the way changes happen on here is nuts. It's getting better and bugs are quickly being fixed. Doesn't seem quick but the techs are trying. lol.

South Hamilton, MA

It takes twice as long to make replies, so I will be going first to the quicker sites.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

Most of the posting I do is at cubits. Seems like there is not much traffic here anymore from the old days. They have combined some forums and it is hard for me to learn new things. I am struggling with plant files to point I hardly use it anymore.

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