Monday, December 10, 2012

Just Shove It Down the Chimney...

Pardon me for a moment while I regale the spoiled-rottenness that I have become (as have my mares).  Apparently my increasing horse-trailering-events have been stressing out the Husband.  Mostly because if I want to haul the trailer I need to haul with his truck.  Not an issue except that his truck is a company truck and something that he actually needs to execute his job on a daily basis.  Additionally, he's sometimes outon a job site on a Saturday (or Sunday) which means I can't necessarily assume that weekend trips are fair game. 

So far our solution to this little conflict of interest has been that I ask politely and try to limit the times I steal the truck during the week and he tries his best not to panic about having to go out and do an emergency job while I'm tootling around with the horses on a Wednesday.

Ultimately this was not ideal for him (though I didn't have too many complaints) and his (obvious) solution was to just shove an F-350 down the chimney for Christmas.

***grin***

I fully admit that this is an extravagant, lovely, fairy tale solution.  But I'm not going to complain.  Not while I'm rolling down the road in this beautiful thing, enjoying my seat heaters and blasting bad pop music out of the speakers. 
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It's so sexy. 

Anyway, I'm beyond thrilled.  I can't actually really put into words how much fun it is. 

Is it absurd that we are a two diesel truck family? Yes.  Totally absurd.  But we also own a Smartcar so the gas mileage gods aren't too angry with us...  In point of fact, when I'm not hauling the trailer, this thing is averaging 18.5mpg.  My volvo only squeaks out 19mpg which means I don't have to feel too guilty taking the truck instead.  And this weekend with one horse in the back of the trailer we got about 15.5mpg... better than I was expecting.

So.  in conclusion.  I'm totally spoiled.  I'm also totally obsessed with the new truck and really (really really) thrilled with how well it tows.

In other news.  The girls have been devising new methods to further cover themselves in mud.  Somehow Prairie even got mud inside her shoulder guard and Pia got mud UNDER her forelock.   They seem to have a shared talent in that very specific regard. 

Other than that there's not much to report.  The holidays are quickly eating up my normal barn time.  Between year end stuff for the business, holiday parties and the inevitable errands associated with gift shopping and hosting friends, the girls are getting lots of pats and cookies, but significantly fewer schooling sessions... I'd give them an official few weeks off if we weren't planning on a little dressage clinic this weekend with an instructor who's visiting the farm.  I suppose it's worth some preparation for that... Argh.

I'm too busy trying to figure out what all the buttons in the truck do. :)

Also, I love how it looks with our trailer.  I'll never keep the black clean, but with the dark wheels I think it looks pretty sharp with the gray/black of the trailer.  

Does anyone need a ride anywhere?  Cause I'll totally pick you up...


24 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! I'm currently turning a lovely jade of green...;)

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  2. I second the above comment. Definitely bright green over here. It's gorgeous! Someday...

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  3. Don't mind me, I'm just going to sit here and drool over your beautiful rig.

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  4. Oooh, jealous!! Let me know if you ever feel the need to share ;)

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  5. Totally jealous! If I lived further south, I'd totally take you up on your offer to give rides!

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  6. Beautiful! Congratulations. Humm...new truck and trailer....maybe I'll call Denali up and we can christen your new set. :0)

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  7. Wow!!! Awesome Xmas Present! Jealous!

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  8. Oh, I hate you. I've just had a mini fight with my husband - he nearly divorced me when I spent $4000 on a trailer!! He won't let me buy a tow vehicle, I have to beg my dad to use his. :(

    Me: This man bought his wife a truck and THEY ALREADY HAVE A TRUCK! PLUS she has TWO horses!! And lots of rugs! And saddles! He is a good horse husband. :(

    Husband: High five for her. No, we aren't getting you a truck. No you can't have another horse. No I'm still not happy you bought a second (jump) saddle.

    Me: >:@

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    1. I am ridiculously lucky in how willing my husband is to let me spend money on the mares. In fact, I would never, ever complain but sometimes a little push back would probably be good for me. :)

      Again, not complaining - but I am pretty sure that if I asked to spend our last $60 on a new set of reins because one of the mares snapped hers, he would totally agree to it instead of handing me a pile or bailing twine to tie on to the bit :)

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    2. Wish we could swap. Mine has double standards - it's ok to spend $$ on his race car, just not the horse.

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  9. Let me just pick my chin up as it is hanging. Oh and wipe a little bit of the envious drool off too. Wow that is an awesome Christmas present, you are super special and I am super jealous!

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  10. I'm drooling with everyone else - we're nursing out 1999 Ford F-350 along until the kids are out of college. Until then, could you please ask Santa to stop by my house and shove a truck like yours down my chimney too? That would be awesome! ;)

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    1. Let it be known that this thing BETTER last at least 13 years. That's the plan anyway... :)

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  11. I am with jenj - 1999 F-250 is my daily driver and tow vehicle. Santa can just park a new one in front of my house - no need to try and sqeeze it down the chimney! Congrats on the shiny new ride :)

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  12. At this point, I'd take any truck and trailer over my car and no trailer. Great husband! Where do I find me one?

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  13. Love. Come get us!! Cuna will come play in the mud, lol. :)

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    1. Yay! I could use some more red geldings in my life.

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  14. You do realize that sexy beast can haul a bigger trailer than the one you have now, right? Time to get more horses! ;-)
    We just bought a brand new Pickup and I told my hubby the same thing...he didn't really find the humor...

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    1. Turns out the Ford dealership we bought the truck at also has a trailer dealership next door... Apparently there have been crazy women who arrive in their honda and then leave in a truck and trailer.. (I could be one of those women).
      When the salesman asked "what's the biggest trailer you think you'd ever want to haul?" The Husband promptly replied - "8' wide, 3 horse LQ with a 12' shortwall." (god bless him). Then he quipped "well, maybe a 4 horse, just for the extra space."

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    2. Oh what a sweet, sweet man. I think it might be in my best interest that my husband won't get us a bigger trailer...yet. I plan on heading out west to pick up my a new OTTB this spring. If I had a 4 horse trailer, i would bring home 4 horses...I mean it only makes sense to fill that trailer to full capacity...we would have traveled all that way, might as well make it worth it...

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  15. Come pick up me and Chrome and lets go to the beach!! ;) Congrats!

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