Probably the thing that stressed me out the most about my trip to Kentucky was the trailer ride. It was 8.5 hours through lots of twisty mountain highways, and I was worried about both my ability to stay awake/focused and poor Jack standing in the trailer for that long without incident. You guys were super helpful in giving me lots of tips and tricks, so I want to share how the ride actually went.
These were the biggest winner of the day. I downloaded a whole bunch of them, and loved listening to the Schramm fam’s interview with Practical Horseman and Lynn Symansky’s chat with Major League Eventing, but then had to switch to something more distracting. The Shrink Next Door ended up being what hooked me for the majority of the ride there, and it helped me out on the way back as well. Highly recommend.
I asked the barn staff to put Horse Quencher in one of Jack’s buckets 2 days before we left, so he could get used to it and hopefully figure out how tasty it was before seeing it on the trailer. And while he absolutely sucked it down (like really- licked his bucket dry) in the stall, this ended up being a failed experiment in the trailer. Sadly, he didn’t touch it during the entire drive to KY. But, when I transferred the contents into a bucket in his stall, he immediately drank half the bucket. Going forward I will be giving him horse quencher the night before we drive a long way and hope that at least gets him moderately hydrated.
My trailer comes with removable canvas mangers, but in order to accommodate the water bucket so Jack could reach it, I took those out and used a hanging hay net instead. This also ended up being somewhat useless. Jack doesn’t normally eat hay on the trailer, but I had hoped that with the many hours of staring face to face with munchies would tempt him. Nope, apparently not. I know that I can get him to eat with fancy hay (aka alfalfa, either straight or chopped/mixed) but that doesn’t do well in a hay net (read: it falls out/goes everywhere), so on my trip to Tryon last weekend I opted to go back to mangers with a chopped Alfalfa mix in them- sure enough, Jack ate a good bit of it. So I’ll be going back to the bucketless manger set up with his favorite treats for long trips.
To break up the drive I made sure to stop every 2 hours at a gas station, so I could top off the gas and give him a short break from the rumbling effects of travel. Despite unloading in a hurry, he seemed to handle the long trip rather well, but I definitely learned a bit more about my horse and his preferences as a result of our adventure!
Sorry the horse quencher didn’t entice him to drink during the ride, but it sounds like it was a good pre & post travel option!
I figure he can at least not be thirsty going on the trailer- hey… you can lead a horse to water…
Loved that podcast! Have LOTS more to recommend if you’re still listening to them 🙂
Yes, please! Right now I’m working my way through season 1 of Serial. But always ready for more 🙂
Serial is GREAT. Also loved: S Town, Dr Death, just finished Season 2 of Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic (binged on my 7 hour trailer ride) and I listen to Armchair Expert frequently and My Favorite Murder as well as This American Life. Oh! And Ear Hustle! So many other great ones that I’ll try and remember for you 🙂
I’m stealing recommendations from here! I love serial, crime junkie and my favorite murder but woefully need something new!
Have you listened to Dr Death? It’s amazing. And Ear Hustle is all about prisoners at San Quentin. It’s excellent!
Dannnng no! Adding them now. Thank you 😊
Room 20 was great too! Omg I’m a junkie!
That Podcast looks so good!
I love Serial Killers and Casefiles, they’re usually my go to
Glad the horse quencher worked at all even though it didn’t work so well in the trailer!