Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 | Filed under Annie

Annie made it to her Training Camp with my BFF, Lorelei!

The day for me was quite stressful, but I hadn’t needed to lay wide awake all night the night previous because it all went perfectly –  pretty much – for a wild horse.

Here is a photojournal!

Marlene Dodge of Valley View Equine Rescue – has a great rig and lots of experience in hauling inexperienced and wild horses.

We put up an alley made of panels. Annie was ready. We had been talking about this for days

Marlene talking to Annie.

We opened the gate to Annie’s paddock and she and Marlene switched places. Annie was a little flumoxed. “How’d that happen?!”

She checked out the trailer and decided against going in. Now Annie has trailered very successfully twice. She came to me from the kill lot … and we moved her easily from Grass Valley to here.

Here she is, starting to pitch a fit. Wrigley is watching intently in the distance.

Just a little fit. She’s a big girl so it seemed like a bigger fit since dirt was flying everywhere.

Looking at me for comfort.

“Are you sure?!” she asks me. Yup. I’m sure. (I love the moon above her.)

“Really? You want me to go in that thing?!”

Her last little argument.

And then she was in! A four hour haul. (As you can see, she is licking and chewing.)

The trailer leaving! I was so happy and so sad at the same time. I’m sure this is similar to a kid going off to college!

This is after she arrived at the training facility. Marlene easily puts a halter on Annie.

Annie offloads easily into her new digs. She gets the biggest area available and access to the arena.

This is my friend, Lorelei, with Annie on the first day together. Annie looks all groomed albeit a bit confused. But her ears are up and I think this is going to be a great step in her life – for the both of them!

This, however, is my arm. No, Annie didn’t do it, the trailer and I did it. I was standing on the bumper with my arm inside the trailer, offering an apple to Annie so she’d jump in. Well, my hip did something weird and I needed to jump down. EXCEPT, this siderail was a lot taller from the ground than MY siderail on my trailer… so I misjudged and didn’t get my arm out fast enough. So this is what happens when you scrape your arm on the trailer window thing.

I was standing on this bumper with one leg on it and one leg on the side rail, with my arm inside. I jumped down and miscalculated how long it would take to pull out my arm vs the ground – and how much higher this trailer is than mine. Ouch!


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3 comments have been posted...

  1. Doris McQuiddy

    Youchey! That arm, I do feel so sorry aobut it. But for Annie, so happy about her adventure with your friend. And so happy/sad for you.

  2. Mary Ann

    I did not know that Annie was a kill pen save, Brava, Annette! I am so glad your arm didn’t break, and I can’t wait to hear about her training adventures.

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