Update: we have had to put our CA migration on hold for a while...we found a lump under Bear's jaw and we need to stay so that we can work with Bear's vets -it will take a while to figure out if this is benign, malignant, or will require surgery. In the meantime we will have a chance to enjoy some more time in our beautiful valley and work with the horses to be even more comfortable in the trailer before we take such a big trip. Please send good thoughts to sweet Bear...we are hoping that this will be a treatable issue and that we will all be ready for our next adventure together in no time!
We have been super busy this past month getting ready for our big migration from CO to CA. Moving 3 dogs and 6 horses and all of our stuff is quite a task!
Probably the most daunting part of this adventure is making sure that the horses are comfortable loading into the trailer and won't panic once we start driving them.
We have hired a commercial hauler who has an excellent reputation. Don't worry...we will be loading the horses ourselves and following along behind the trailer the whole way :)
Here is an example of the REAL pony limo the herd will be traveling in-it's like a barn on wheels! Everyone will have a big roomy box stall and they will all be able to see their buddies :)
Kirsi Kesaniemi, our pony trainer, has done an incredible job bringing everyone along. Just 6 weeks ago nobody had been in a trailer in years-and most of them were very frightened when they arrived here 4 years ago. Trailering is a very very scary event for horses. Who knew?
Anyway-I have been practicing loading the ponies and desensitizing them to the trailer in between Kirsi's training sessions. She has done such a great job that it has made trailer loading look easy!
I probably won't update again until we are in CA...wish us luck!