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Horsetrader Hits the Highway:
ApHC World Show Day 2
On The Road Again

By Pam Hargesheimer / Horsetrader guest blogger - October 30th, 2009 - Horsetrader Hits the Highway

On the road again and it feels like the first time. I can’t forget that for me it’s the last time. I want to feel, hear, and taste every moment. I can tell you the trip is always the hardest part. It’s so boring to drive through the desert, but as we leave California and Arizona the terrain is so beautiful. The rocks are red and black and there are real clouds there. Nice to see.

We left home around 3:00am. I kissed the dogs and hugged my son and we’ve been driving since. Our caravan consists of two 3-horse trailers, five horses, one compact car, and six people. When I looked in there rear view mirror I laughed inside cause the Beverly Hillbillies theme song would so fit right now. We have our trucks and trailers full to the gills. I can’t help it I’m an old girl scout and I like to be prepared.

We had to pull off and tarp the hay cause it’s raining and looking very dark up ahead. My husband made a wise choice as there’s nothing quite so bad as trying to work quickly on top of a trailer in the wind and rain (and dark) if we’d waited. Expect to get into Vado to our friend’s ranch about 6:15pm. Our friends are primarily quarter horse folks. But all horse people are tied by the love of equine and given that bond we look forward to our yearly visits. Nice how we’ve met so many great people. Friends for life and certainly those friendships color our lives.

We are at the ranch in Vado for our overnight about 6pm. Did I mention rain and lightning? Wow! I don’t think I have ever seen lightning go sideways. And the tarp I mentioned earlier? Gone. The hay is wet, so that was not planned correctly by us. I guess I’ll need to talk to some folks who have done this before and see what the best method is. Obviously we didn’t do it right.

We are soaked through and the horses have been bedded down. Fortunately for us, it is a warm front so we aren’t shivering and horses only need day sheets overnight.

We’ll head off to Burger King in Anthony, NM next to the hotel and then sleep until 2:30am so we can hit the road by 3:00 am… hopefully.

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