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  1. #1
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    Default Chronicle forums saved my bacon

    Sunday I loaded up my friend's horse in my newly inspected truck and trailer and headed down to Will Coleman's barn to have a lesson with Ashley. Our first with her. Another friend also trailered down and had the lesson beofre me. THANKFULLY! We loaded up and drove the hour and 15 min drive... managed to get lost on the road and made a HUGE loop thereby adding 15 minutes onto the trip. Need I mention this farm is lovely but off of some hilly twisty harry backroads. We arrive and park no problem. I watch friend's lesson, the while tacking up I see a spot of fluid leaking from the truck.....hum...not AC condensation becasue we didn't have it on.... hum... flash back to forums conversation about Chevy Silverado from my model year having issues with brake failure. Find two kind farm guys to access leak and uhm.... break line is shattered! Arranged for US Riders to come and haul truck to Earlysville auto, got my dad to bring me his truck to borrow to take the trailer home..... tragedy averted.
    Thanks Chronicle friends!
    Shoulders back, hands down, leg ON!

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    You are one lucky girl!
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    Default I know

    of course it didn't keep the rest of my day from being craptastic. I got a speeding ticket that evening and the donkey kicked my husband.....
    I am sooo happy that it's Monday.
    Shoulders back, hands down, leg ON!

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    I'm glad you found it in time.

    Sorry about the ticket and donkey, though.
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling



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    What a day you had! Well at least your 3 bad things are over w/. I think truck repair should count as one even if you caught the problem before it was really bad!



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    Default Wow!

    So glad you found the problem! Also sorry for the rest of your day.
    Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe



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    Wow, glad you were very observant!

    Sorry to hear about your husband and the speeding ticket.



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    Whew! Glad you were observant and followed through!

    That was one helpful post about the Chevys etc - I think you are at least the third person who has been able to avoid disaster by knowing about it!

    Hope the rest of the week goes better for you, your husband, and the donkey!



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    Wow! That coulda been really, really bad!



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    Yikes! There's clearly an angel on your shoulder! Or in your trailer....

    Am glad you're ok.
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    I was expecting the tire incident relived...

    What is a speeding ticket when everybody is in one place...(and I hope the husband kicked that ornery ass back!
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    Personally, I think the moderate use of shock collars in training humans should be allowed.



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    Red face

    So glad you're safe and you checked the brakelines!

    That being said, please don't hate me if I say --

    Quote Originally Posted by mellsmom View Post
    I got a speeding ticket that evening and the donkey kicked my husband.....
    That sentence made me belly laugh. For five minutes.

    I'm SO sorry you had a bad day! I hope your hubby's OK!
    The dude abides ...



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    Quote Originally Posted by mellsmom View Post
    Sunday I loaded up my friend's horse in my newly inspected truck and trailer and headed down to Will Coleman's barn to have a lesson with Ashley. Our first with her. Another friend also trailered down and had the lesson beofre me. THANKFULLY! We loaded up and drove the hour and 15 min drive... managed to get lost on the road and made a HUGE loop thereby adding 15 minutes onto the trip. Need I mention this farm is lovely but off of some hilly twisty harry backroads. We arrive and park no problem. I watch friend's lesson, the while tacking up I see a spot of fluid leaking from the truck.....hum...not AC condensation becasue we didn't have it on.... hum... flash back to forums conversation about Chevy Silverado from my model year having issues with brake failure. Find two kind farm guys to access leak and uhm.... break line is shattered! Arranged for US Riders to come and haul truck to Earlysville auto, got my dad to bring me his truck to borrow to take the trailer home..... tragedy averted.
    Thanks Chronicle friends!
    Wow, glad to hear that disaster was averted.

    Now, may I ask what year Chevy Silverado as I also have a Chevy Silverado? I missed that thread as I've been trying to wean myself off COTH. Most of the time I'm pretty unsuccessful though!
    Sue
    Back in my day, we didn't have as many warning labels because people weren't so dang stupid!



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    Default Glad it all worked out safely ~

    Glad it all worked out safely ~
    Zu Zu Bailey " IT"S A WONDERFUL LIFE !"



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    Quote Originally Posted by mellsmom View Post
    of course it didn't keep the rest of my day from being craptastic. I got a speeding ticket that evening and the donkey kicked my husband.....
    I am sooo happy that it's Monday.
    I say ticket that donkey! If it helps my day was not so splendid either but at least I didn't get a ticket! Some days. Good power of observation on the truck though, the day could have been much worse....
    "I have brought on the hatred of Wall Street and I relish it".
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt



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    Sorry about the ticket and the ass-kicking!

    I searched and can't find the thread - can you link the discussion on the Silverados? I have a GMC Sierra and a Chevy Tahoe - want to know if they are in the discussion. Now I want to go outside and check the brakelines.



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    I found that discussion too late -- my Silverado (2003) had slightly spongy brakes the day we set off to move my stepson into college. We drove 15 minutes, parked to load up some furniture, and when we came out, mr. asterix checked under the truck because of how the brakes had felt.

    Big puddle of brake fluid.

    We crept over to the nearest brake shop (luckily very close), and they replaced the whole line -- by the time they got it on the lift there wasn't any fluid in the system at all.

    We were SO LUCKY that mr. asterix checked it out, and even luckier that I wasn't hauling when it happened.

    My mechanic told me this is a big problem with these trucks, so at the least, have yours check your line EVERY time you are in for service.
    The big man -- no longer an only child

    His new little brother



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    Quote Originally Posted by DiablosHalo View Post
    I searched and can't find the thread - can you link the discussion on the Silverados? I have a GMC Sierra and a Chevy Tahoe - want to know if they are in the discussion. Now I want to go outside and check the brakelines.
    http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...ghlight=brakes
    There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)



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    hmmmmmm, BACON...


    need to get my butt back to the thread with the bacon jam....
    Quote Originally Posted by Mozart View Post
    Personally, I think the moderate use of shock collars in training humans should be allowed.



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    One time some friends and I went for a trail ride, I wasn't feeling good and one of my friends drove us all with my truck and trailer. I kept lightly touching her on the arm "slow down dear..." anyway, after the ride she drove us all towards home. Dropped off one friend and her horse and I was feeling better and decided I could drive the rest of the way home, so me and my other friend (who drove out) turned and headed for home with our horses.

    Well, I had to turn down a side road and that had a stop sign at a VERY busy, VERY fast road, and I have NO idea to this day WHY, (well, I know why but don't wish to be scoffed at) but I had a strong urge to STOP, in the middle of the road halfway to the stop sign (probably about 50 feet back) and the peddle went straight to the floor! I reached down and squeezed the trailer brakes to stop us.

    She was asking "Why are you stopping?" and I said we have no brakes. She looked up at the stop sign and was like, "*I* could have been driving! And you've been telling me to slow down all day!"

    We were only a few miles from home, and down some quiet roads, so I limped home with flashers on going 3 miles an hour. No lie. Took about an hour to get home. If people got behind me I would pull over and let them by.

    Got home, brake line blew a hole out of it. Have a Ford F350. The brake fluid leaked out in front of my friends home. Just that fast. It stopped fine there, unloaded her horse and her tack and then went about 100 feet and NO brakes.

    I do believe in God.
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