Coconino Day 1: Roll Out

I’m going to do my best to keep posting as regularly as possible while we’re on the road. I’ll save the actual show recaps for when I’m back and have a real computer and wifi and all that good stuff, but I figured I’d keep a little journal of sorts about what’s going on behind the scenes while we’re gone. Forgive me in advance for whatever may look wonky on your screen, especially pictures… I’m having to do this from my phone.

I’ll be honest – Day 1 and 2 are gonna be a little boring since they’re travel days. There’s not a lot of riveting content when you’re driving 16 hours. 

We rolled out dark and early at 6am on Wednesday, and luckily the drive was quite uneventful. All but 20ish minutes of the entire first day was spent just getting out of Texas, so it seemed to drag on forever.

We stopped after about 4 hours to let them stretch their legs and get some water…

But even with that pit stop we pulled into our layover spot in New Mexico around 2. The boys were quite mesmerized with the wide open spaces and mini dust storm. I, on the other hand, was less of a fan. Omg sand everywhere.

Once they settled in, had some hay, drank some water, and ate dinner, we hopped on them for a little bareback hack around the farm to stretch their legs.

Both boys were very forward and happy to be out marching around. We were thrilled that they were so perky and seemed perfectly content after 8 hours in the trailer… neither of them is accustomed to such a long trip like this.

After our ride we topped off their buckets, tossed more hay, and tucked them in for the night. Then it was off to DINNER (aka eating my weight in mashed potatoes and cream corn). One more 8 hour leg and then WE’RE THERE! 

17 thoughts on “Coconino Day 1: Roll Out

  1. Lets talk about your Brenderup. I’m kind of obsessed with them. Do you like it? Have you ever pulled it with a car or SUV? I have a ginormous 4 horse gooseneck and fantasize about getting something like a Brenderup for shorter day-trip hauls. Pros and cons? I would request a blog post just about your trailer! 😉


    1. I owned a Brenderup for 4-5 years. I would never get one again. I hauled it with a truck and, yes, it was extremely easy to haul. Most horses walked right on because it was light and it also had a ramp they could unload off the front. However, I ultimately sold it because the fiberglass the thing is made of isn’t sturdy or long lasting. The ramp is made of wood with the mats on top. I actually had a horse step through the ramp to reveal water damage that was completely invisible from the outside. Later on, the rest of the ramp began rotting (it was stored outdoors but on level ground). And here’s the real reason I sold it – no one knows how to work on them. You cannot get parts for them. Everyone quotes you an arm and a leg because they are unfamiliar. I sold it and wouldn’t go back.


      1. Rebecca, I have to disagree with you completely. My Brender-up is a 1997 and if you find someone who actually knows what they’re doing with a trailer, they can work on them just fine. When the old floor was done, a wood floor was put in and reinforced with steel beams at a very reasonable price. My 1997 Brender-up just took two large horses across three large states safely and honestly I wouldnt trade that trailer for anything.

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        1. My husband is a pretty badass mechanic and an amazing welder so I don’t have any worry there. Can you fabricate your own parts or use other brands for repairs? I doubt I would ever haul it more than a couple hours from my house since I always take the monstrosity trailer to horse shows to haul all my crap, horse and feed. Now if I can find a Brenderup for sale AND convince said badass-mechanic-husband that I need another trailer……


      2. I’ll chime in that they are easy to take care of and great as a companion to a larger trailer. The one I used didn’t have a tack room, which kinda sucked. However, I hauled for hours and hours and barely used any gas. That was awesome.

        I will say that hauling with that thing after my trailer accident was terrifying. It tends to sway a lot more than your usual heavier/longer trailer. It’s super tall and catches the wind easily. While it never was actually unstable, my nerves were and that swaying was too much for me to handle.

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    2. I love it! It’s so lightweight I pull it with a Tacoma with no problem at all. It’s narrow enough where I can park it anywhere (I wish you could see the two trees its parked between right now). It turns like a dream, it doubles as the perfect closet for show camping, I think it’s the best purchase I’ve made. Just make sure yo have someone good who knows how to work on them, my trailer place is amazing and loves to knowledge share if you have someone you like!

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  2. So excited that you’re blogging during the trip. I’ve never trailered any of my horses very far, so it’s pretty interesting to read the behind the scenes!


  3. That’s awesome that you guys get to take this adventure together; I’m sure your boys love having a companion in the trailer! Now, whether or not you help each other’s sanity in the cockpit…


  4. I am jealous…. in a good way… looking forward to updates… and yeah, living a little vicariously through your blog.


  5. Yay for safe and happy ponies that are DRINKING WATER! That can be a huge battle and struggle and I’m glad both boys seem to be on the hydration bandwagon. 🙂


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