The week leading up to this (OK really, for several weeks now) I could feel my anxiety level increase every time I thought about getting to the barn Sat am, loading up his stuff, and him, for one more adventure....
Tuesday I added new shavings to the trailer (and got rid of 3 wasp nests grrr)...Wednesday evening I went out as usual for grooming and decided to use the foot pads on him as I know he enjoys those. I love watching him on these... we even got a body shake while standing on front pads I'd figure he'd step off after, but he happily stayed on a while more. Many thanks to Janie for letting us borrow these on occasion; Someday I will buy a set of the real Sure-foot pads!
|He stayed here a good 5 min of his own accord swaying|
|Enjoying some grass sans muzzle before going back to the field|
The kids wanted a chance to say "Goodbye" to Prophecy too, so Friday Doug brought them out for a little bit to groom, give treats, and hugs. They hadn't seen him much over the last 2 years, but they know how much he means to me.
|Nuzzles before the kids came|
It was a long road back to TN on Saturday to meet Linda in Knoxville to take him home... It was my first experience using a "Horse Motel" too.
Loading up all his stuff and him went well. He did balk a little on coming up with all 4, but nothing bad and was on within 10min of patiently asking for forward movement. I had no real timeline to meet so we would not be rushed. I had a target time I wanted to leave by, just to make sure we arrived in daylight : 10am. I got in the truck to see we were ready to go at 9:45.
|loaded and ready to hit the road|
The drive was fortunately uneventful and pretty easy, only my second long haul (over 4hrs) with the trailer since I bought it! We made one stop for gas, where I gave him water while I went in to have lunch and let him rest from moving. We arrived at the horse motel without issue and I was able to keep him in a round pen so he could stretch a bit. He was always a good camper on our few prior trips, and this was no different.
|view of P from my trailer spot|
As expected, sleep was not my friend Sat night! I gave up at 6am when I woke up to the birds singing outside.
I spent a lot of time just hanging with and watching him. I went back up to the trailer for something and he got a bit rambunctious... so I took some photos and video of his classic head tossy silliness
Eventually it was time to load him up into Linda's trailer and start the long road home with my empty trailer. I have done an empty haul once before, when I lost Traveler ; different, but in many ways the same feeling as I stared blankly at the road ahead. The drive was longer as there were several slow downs from accidents, but I made it home without incident and just a stop for gas/lunch.
Linda let me know he traveled well and settled in nicely to the big field with two mares to hang with :
|The girls and Prophecy|
|Prophecy at Linda's|
This all happened just shy of two years ago from when he arrived in VA to me... What a roller-coaster the past 2 years have been ; just when I thought I had something figured out another wrench would be thrown in. I am sad he won't be here to love on, but I know he is happy just being a horse and will get to live out his days without the pressures of riding that caused him so much pain.