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Transportation Issues

Driving Thursday

The goal is to get horse and carriage on the same load [Milton’s Show Schedule, Driving]. We have two options.

Horse in Bumper-Pull, Carriage in Truck Bed
We buy a cheap – relatively – bumper pull, leaving the bed of the truck free for the carriage.

Less Expense.

Less Ease of Use. This would mean going back to a bumper-pull, something we said we wouldn’t do after buying a gooseneck.

Less Convenience. Coach Kate says everyone goes through this phase. It sounds great in theory. Then you find out that you have to hitch/unhitch every time you access the carriage. Plus, you have to unhitch and unload immediately if, say, your wife uses the truck as her day-to-day vehicle.

Horse and Carriage in Long Trailer
Purpose-built for driving, either new or used.

Convenience. Load & go.

Horse Welfare. Horses have better, i.e. more stable, ride on a gooseneck. Far away venues equals long rides for the horses.

Carriage Welfare. Protected from rain and bug splatter.

Expense. Shudder

Size. Great for driving. Too much trailer for a single riding horse going to a lesson.

We are still mulling.

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Katherine Walcott

New Equipment: Ramps and Winch

Driving Thursday

Driving has stuff. So much stuff. And the stuff begets more stuff. Behold ramps and a winch to load the carriage [New] into the bed of the truck.

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Katherine Walcott


Foto Friday: Interstate Images

Lesson: Switching from binocular vision to a two-dimensional photo changes clouds from dramatic to mildly interesting.

This is what happens when one spends most of the daylight hours on a Saturday driving around the state of Tennessee. Taken from the passenger seat.

Process notes: Dragged out the big camera. Yay! Could not get it to take the picture I wanted. Switched to A. Boo!

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Katherine Walcott

Things You Don’t Think About – Umbrellas

Today was supposed to be a photo of our new trailer hitch. Not so much. I won’t comment yet, except to say a) Greg is on the case, & b) never piss off the quiet ones. They will eat you alive.

Meanwhile, your thought for the day.
I don’t own an umbrella.

I hadn’t even considered this until we piled out of the car for our photo shoot at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge [Foto Friday]. One of the other photographers asked if I had brought an umbrella. No, I thinks to myself, not only did I not bring one, I couldn’t put my hands on one if I had to.

If it wasn’t for horses, I’d be a couch potato. Therefore, if’ I’m going outdoors, strong chance that horses will be involved. Horses and umbrellas do not mix. Therefore, no umbrella – to such an extent that I don’t notice the lack.

What obvious things have you overlooked?

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Katherine Walcott

Arbitrary Decisions

Massive life-changing decisions? No problem.

Which college? I’ll apply to a random handful & pick the one with the best name that is farthest away.

Uproot my life and follow this dude? Cool.

Expensive, but mid-level and ultimately arbitrary decisions? An eternity of debate.

Buying a saddle?

Is this brand better than that brand? New? Used? Now? Later? Never?

I wish questions had one (1) clear and correct answer. How do I pick a path among a cloud of possible options, most of which would probably work out just fine?

If Nationals hadn’t been looming [Report], I’d probably still be pondering.

Buying a truck? First post to mention a new truck was in October of 2012 [Weekend Plans]. Truck was bought in February of 2017 [Chariot, Mirrors].


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Katherine Walcott

The all-important choice of the right keychain.

The all-important choice of the right keychain.

Between The Rear-View Mirrors

My version of a between-the-ears photo.

First Drive

First Drive

What We Need A Truck For
Buying hay. Although Greg can fit an astounding number of bales in and on a VW Jetta.

Second vehicle. Jetta is going back to VW. Greg gets Fiat. I drive truck.

Dump. It’s per load, so better to have big loads. Also, keeps trash out of passenger car.

Gravel. Fencing posts. Sheets of plywood. All those miscellaneous truck tasks that spring up when you have the space.

Evacuating. Which I fervently hope never to require.

and, drumroll …

Shipping. Milton to SSF for cowboy remediation. Milton to SSF for first hitch. Milton to driving lessons, clinics, shows. Rodney to the AEC? Someday? Maybe?

Previous Truck-Related Posts
[Creative Hay Stacking]
[A Lovely Sight]
[Weekend Plans]
[Truck Shopping Report]
[I’m Baaaaaack … With Camera]
[Hay Delivery]
[When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Pickup Truck]
[ISO Truck]
[Truck Update]
[Looking Forward, Milton]
[Milton’s Chariot]

Note: There several “truck” posts that refer to horse shopping.

This has been the plan all along: one fancy show horse for me & a husband horse that could double as my second horse, not as talented but fun. A sports car & a truck if you will. [Truck Shopping] 2012

Starting mileage

Starting mileage

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Katherine Walcott

Milton’s Chariot

First Day

First Day


What We Bought & Why
Ford – Good experience with previous truck. I like the sightlines in the Ford.

F250 – We could tow with a F150, but we would be topping out the range.

Gas – As a dedicated towing vehicle, diesel. Since I will be sashaying about, gas.

Extended Cab – Didn’t want to drag around the weight. Don’t need the seating. In 3+ years, we’ve had a human in the backseat of the Fiat [Stocking] once, for 10 minutes.

2WD – Excess weight. Previous truck was 2WD. Never felt the lack of 4WD.

XLT – Spent way too long trying to get dealers to explain the difference between the XL with add-ons and the XTL package.

White – Extended cabs are work trucks. Work trucks come in white. We would’ve had to order to get color. Didn’t feel strongly enough about it.

New – Used trucks were not a bargain. A truck with 2/3 of a useful life would be 2/3 the price. Or high-mileage. Or deluxe diesel crew cabs.

No Hitch – Ford no longer has this as an option. (?!?) Since it will be after-market anyway, we are having done ourselves rather than pay the dealer to arrange.

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Katherine Walcott