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.