Crazy roadtrip aside, Remus is now in Kentucky for boot camp. I am sure he slept it off all day since that is what I feel like doing. It took me forever to finally meet up with Emily‘s Trainer (now called ET here on out, ha) and I apologize officially to them that everything that could happen, happened to me driving to Knoxville. A) Traffic accidents shutting roads down, check B) Traffic just basically insane check, check, C) Just everything taking longer than it should (also my truck needs a bigger gas tank when hauling, seemed like I stopped every five minutes). Check, check, check
I let Remus and Tate out in the big front field for a while on Sunday before loading Remus up and heading out. I aced Tate before leaving (just a mini-bit of ace just so he wouldn’t be too wild). I think I aced the wrong horse. Remus was pretty agitated (though still behaving) every time I stopped. He wasn’t even eating!! (fall over in shock I know) And I had a (newer not the muddy one) sheet on him cause it was low 50s and chilly when I left Millington.
The temperature went up and down about six times at one point being 72 degrees(!!) then dropping back in the 50s in the mountains. I had put a newer sheet on him and couldn’t get it off him without crawling under him in the trailer so I opened all the windows up on the trailer and said several Hail Marys that he would be okay. He was a bit sweaty a couple stops but I think that was more for all the DAMN TRAFFIC that was heading East on I40 with me. Tractor trailers, campers, regular cars, and trucks all going autobahn on the road past me. He was a bit google-eyed at it all going by him but over all a good boy and a good traveler. But it was a lot of rough roads and a lot of time on the trailer, poor guy.
I was going a steady 65 trying to get to 70 but the damn mountains we crept into kept me from achieving great speeds. Plus it stresses me out going that fast. I was just in the slow lane the whole time. One accident that stopped me for about a half hour (sitting still on a road surrounded by tractor trailers with ambulances trying to get by is not fun either!), it looked like someone was going just a bit more fast and furious than they should have and it set off a five car accordian accident with the pickup truck ending up in the median with all the stuff in the back of the truck spread out. They had someone on the gurney but she was sitting up so hopefully all was okay. People should not drive that fast all stacked up behind each other. Another accident I passed didn’t look like it ended as well. SLOW DOWN people. Okay off my soap box now 🙂
When we finally met up, late last night, I know ET was so glad to finally see me so she and her crew could get back home. Remus was a star and unloaded in the dark and then loaded in a slant load step up four horse gooseneck (that he had never seen before)like he has been doing this all his life. He was looking around but kind of like oh cool it’s a Lowes (like he even knows what that is) then got on the trailer. I was so busy throwing all his stuff in their truck and trailer I really didn’t get to say goodbye. I felt a bit of a pang for a minute. It also felt very odd driving back south with an empty trailer. And it is even odder here at home with just Tate around. Tate seems okay though he looks sad and every once in a while he whinnies. AWWW anyone want to send a pony my way for a few weeks? So sad. Tate might end up in the house!
ET texted me in the wee hours ( I stopped at a motel around 12:30 as I just couldnt drive toward home any longer) to tell me that they had gotten back and Remus unloaded fine and was doing ok. Whew. Emily will go visit him and send me photos. Right, Emily? I feel very surreal without him around. I am also sleep-deprived (I am not used to being up that late ugh). I was back on the road this morning about 6 am to get home so I could work.
So here we go! Remus is at a trainer to get back into shape. This could be fun (for everyone but Remus!) HA How do you feel when your horse goes away? Do you feel like a bad mom?? Or is it just me?