Just a bit further down the road….blankets, horses and traveling

With the crazy-late night we had before we left Ohio we haven’t been making the best time as we travel. On the flip side we have met some great people and are managing to catch up on our sleep (in the hotels…not while we drive).Jac blanket

Most of our horses were blanketed this winter in Ohio which is going to come in handy with this move to Texas. As we travel we need to take the ever changing temperatures into account as well as the idea that the horses are working a bit as we travel. Here you can see Jac is taking off a layer before loading up in the trailer.

Today as we travel we will be leaving while it is 30 degrees but within two hours of driving it will be 59 degrees and will be 69 degrees later than that. With five horses in the trailer the plan is to take blankets off and then regulate the temperature by keeping the trailer closed up at the beginning and then opening rear windows as needed. It is important to remember to leave some windows in the rear cracked because five horse breathing in the trailer does create a lot of condensation. Have you ever noticed in the cold weather that a car load of people in a vehicle makes the windows hard to keep defogged? Same idea but inside the horse trailer.Horse motels are very helpful on the road.

Signing off for now, I have to go load up horses. Jac is almost as excited about being ridden as I am about riding him…lol. He is so full of energy because I didn’t ride him the last few days in Ohio as we packed and he is very, very fit from being ridden in 20 degree weather at home. I hope he and Newt behaved last night in their side by side stalls. Maybe I will ride in the next few days?


  1. Cheryl Shipley on February 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Dear Stacey, I’ve never had the honer of seeing you at a clinic, but have admired you so . Your bridle less reining is amazing. I’m in Va. (Tidewater) in a small town. Bet you will be glad to get out of all that snow. Well I’m a fan and love the chance to send you a hello. Be safe-Cheryl

  2. Brenda Spradlin on February 17, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Would love to see you when you get to Texas! My granddaughter and I met you at Will Rogers several years ago. It was great to see Roxy in person. Sad that she is gone, but never forgotten! 🙂
    Brenda Spradlin

  3. Ron Nelson on February 16, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Happy trails, God traveling guys!

  4. Stephanie Hobson on February 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Bowie is only 85 miles from where I live. Wouldn’t it be great to see Stacy work in person? And I’m not even a rider!

  5. Jenny Martin on February 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Happy Trails! Hope all goes well with rest of your trip!

  6. Ann Kernechel on February 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    So excited for you and your travel experiences its like we are all with you. God Speed

  7. Shelley on February 16, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Stacy, I am so glad Joan here in Missouri could help you in your journey! Thanks for the update and safe travel!

  8. Karen Aniston on February 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

    So glad your coming to Texas, hope you have a clinic or something on my days off. Have a wonderful time while your here.

  9. Terri Anderson on February 16, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I love hearing about all the details of your travels! I am in process of setting up our new barn and a horse hotel/bed and breakfast! I wanted to ask how you are handling the hay situation? Are you taking your own hay to transition them, or are you buying hay on the road? I will offer hay to buy, but It is my understanding that most will be bringing their own feeds….and yes, Texas does sound nice and WARM!!! 🙂

  10. Julie Schmidt on February 16, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Where in Texas are you heading? We live just south of the Kyle Ranch near Collinsville. Just north of Tioga. When you get here you will love the weather next week…60 to 70’s! Welcome to Texas! Moved down from Iowa 4 years ago. Please post where you will be…have been following your story with Jac and very much learning and enjoying! Safe travels!

    • Stacy on February 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      We are staying at Mike and Holly Major’s place, Major Cattle Company, Bowie, TX. More info to come

  11. Lindsay J on February 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

    What horses are you taking with you? Are they personal horses or clients’ horses? Did you have to leave any horses behind/take on less client horses? Are you traveling to follow some showing circuit? I love the video series with Jac! Will this be included in the videos when we catch up to this point? You are such an inspiration as a horse trainer and as a person, it was great meeting you at the Equine Affaire last November 🙂

    • Stacy on February 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Lindsay-We took both personal and client horses with us. We did recommend that some clients who rode with us move their horses to other local trainers so they could continue to show in Ohio. We will see what the future brings as far as shows:) Yep, you will be getting more info as we go…and you can keep asking questions!

  12. Mary on February 16, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I plan someday to move with my horses from Indiana to New Mexico so we’d be traveling much the same route as you head towards Texas. I’m taking notes from your blog to see “how far you travel in what timeframe” and also notes on the places you are staying overnight with your horses. Hopefully that information will come in handy for us if we are ever able to make it out of here. Thank you for allowing us to make a “virtual practice travel run” with you!

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