Calm, Forward, Straight

Calm, Forward, Straight

Monday, December 17, 2012

How to get hay when you live in the hinterlands... Or - miles to go before I sleep

Got up at 0 dark thirty. (4 am) Scooped poop in the foggy rain by flashlight. Am now waiting in line to leave the island for the first time since - August maybe? I honestly can't recollect, but the hay man has the last of the good orchard grass for the year in...

Wish us luck - all the trash trucks need to get on the ferry too. And it's foggy...

Update:

Home safe and sound, listening to rain on the roof of the Shimmy Shack. The trip clocked in at 15 1/2 hours... not all bad - I had a sweet nap on the boat ride home, snuggled up with my pillow and blankie + little dog Q.

Val objected to the interruption in his schedule, but once the warm mash bucket arrived, all was forgiven. And my OCD hay hoarding tendencies are satisfied. (for now...)

Merry Christmas Val!


First on the ferry (yay!)
 
The winner again :D

Cramulated with fragrant heavy bales


16 comments:

Wolfie said...

Safe journey!

The Fullers said...

aye 4 am?!?!

safe travels!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Good luck with the hay. I'm sure you'll get lots of great stuff to make Val happy. Sounds like a real pain but it will be worth it for peace of mind.

Do you have a miners helmet with a flashlight attached? That might be a good idea for mornings like this.

AmberRose- Girl With a Dream said...

good luck I am sure that it will be okay and go well

Jenn said...

And I thought my monthly hay excursions were bad! My hay dealer is an hour away, but at least it's all highway...no ferries for me.

Is there a more comforting feeling than a barn full of hay in winter? I don't think so. :)

Annette said...

Good luck! Let us know when you are back safe and sound in the shimmy shack.

Terry said...

Yikes! I hope Val appreciates his hay and YOU!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Glad you're back safe and sound and loaded with hay!

Speedy G said...

Nothing better than new hay!

Alana said...

Aren't you around the Wilmington-ish area? I am up in Beaufort County, where did you get Orchard hay, if I may ask??

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Hi Alana -

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm in Dare Co, and used to travel to Suffolk VA for lessons. My instructor got her hay from a nice farmer in Gates Co NC, just the other side of the VA/NC line from her farm.

On a good day that's a 7 hour round trip from me, and the hay actually comes from out near Asheville I think... convoluted isn't it?!

Val said...

I do not envy you! Five in the morning is early enough for me. The things we do for our horses. ;)

Melissa-ParadigmFarms said...

4am wake up calls are rough, I had way too many of those this summer when Jason was recovering from his surgery. Val should feel very loved!

Mo said...

i notice you have a brenderup trailer. i've got a big TB like you - mine's 17H and was considering this brand. how do you and Val like the trailer design?

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Hi Mo -

Thanks for stopping by!

Val is 16.2 and built like a tank. He hops right in the Brenderup, and rides calmly, so I think he's okay with it. It pulls beautifully with my smaller truck, and is designed beautifully.

It's very light and airy inside, thought on the narrow side. Two big horses would be a little cramped side to side, but there's tons of head room.

You can buy and offset divider that makes one wide berth and a skinny storage area.

Not sure you can still purchase new Brenderups in the US anymore, but I highly recommend them.

Mo said...

thanks for the info. the trailers occasionally come up for sale used, and i've seen someone advertising new ones they import somewhere in my area of western washington. i have a vintage but heavy steel straight load that's 7 foot tall and narrow, but the 17H TB and the 16.2H tank of an appendix QH fit nicely - it's just so heavy, so i'll keep an eye out for the brenderup now.

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