I went and got myself something pretty. And huge. Massive some would say.
The Behemoth had picked up enough gremlins that we decided a 20 year career would be enough. The Behemoth is going to be moved on to a job slightly less demanding. This is Betty. Betty is a 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 HD so basically the exact same truck but with only 10 miles on it when purchased. It's nice having things like a back up camera and integrated Android Auto. The payments are less nice. I traded in my daily driver car so the hubby and I are sharing his little compact hybrid and saving Betty for hauling. We both work from home so one commuter car works just fine.
I still need to get the gooseneck hitch installed but that can wait until after Christmas. My first hauling expedition looks to be April when I bring Kiki up to live with Trainer Z in her youngster field. She's got a filly that is just one week older than Kiki that will be looking for a new pasture mate in April when her current friend is due to foal so it will all work out beautifully. The two yearling fillies will have a friend and Kiki goes straight from her breeder to Trainer Z. This means I'll have both of my trouble makers at the same address and I can start teaching Kiki to go for walks in preparation for breed shows that start in July.
Two ponies and a new truck means a certain amount of strain on the ol' checkbook. But that's fine! I calculated and simulated and it's a totally reasonable lift. It's fine.
So yeah, right after I did that Theo made it clear that he only wants the Custom Saddlery Wolfgang Solo saddle that Trainer Z had been using because it fit her better. It also fits me better so no loss there but it's still a saddle purchase. Ugh. I'm hoping the good mojo from it being Schrodie's former saddle will rub off on Theo. I'll freely admit that I really like the saddle and Theo goes like a dream in it so it falls under the heading of buying Theo anything he wants to make him happy. There is actually a category with that header in my budget. I'm also keeping the Frank Baines because it's the same make and model that Kiki's breeder uses on her cobs so I'll probably want that in a couple years.
Theo's also scheduled to get his hocks done this month because next season is Third Level work and he's turning 19. He's sound and we want to keep it that way. He he also made it clear during his fall crazies that he could use a round of ulcer treatment to get him back to a blank slate before the next show season. Both omeprazole and sucralfate, please. As the kids say, I'm broke as a joke.
On the plus side, the crazies were brief this year and I only missed two lessons. One for crazies, one because I went on vacation (gasp!). We're already back to work figuring out how to get a quality half passe at both the trot and canter. We may skip Third 1 and go for Third 2 as it suits Theo better. The quicker the transitions and movements, the happier he is. He'll also be hitting the circuit with his Second Level freestyle with Trainer Z in 2023. We're talking about him qualifying for regionals. He did so well at Saugerties that it seems like a good idea. At least it seems like a good idea when it's months away. It's more a Trainer Z problem than mine, I'm going to be working on my dissertation next September when the championships roll around. But with a professional in the saddle and new ulcer meds on board, he may actually have a chance at Second Level freestyle. Stranger things have happened.
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