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Moving To Portugal - Day 4: Arrival

On the final day of traveling, we loaded the horse's early in the morning, before sunrise.

This way, we would be sure to arrive at our new house before sunset, so the horses would be able to get to know their new home during daylight.

Now already in July, we prepared an 'arrival' paddock in the garden behind the house, with a temporary fence.

And we scanned all three fields for poisonous plants, such as ragwort.

We also created two options for unloading, because we had the feeling, that the truck wouldn't be able to pass the gate...

And indeed...

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Moving To Portugal - Day 3: Transport To Spain

On day 3, we moved with Maestro (23 y/o), Romanesque (19 y/o), Toronto (17 y/o), El Blanco (16 y/o) and Prince Elmelund (12 y/o)  from France to Spain.

The horses were fit and relaxed and ready to go.

It was interesting to see them becoming 'used' to the truck over the days, where getting on the truck became a 'no-brainer'.

Now on the first day, some of my horses needed a bit more time to figure out what this truck was all about. 

So they wanted to inspect the tailgate with their eyes, ears, nose, and feet:

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Moving To Portugal - Day 2: On Our Way to France

This is the third blog post in the series of 'Moving To Portugal', and just in case you missed the first two episodes, here they are:

Turning Dreams Into Reality: Why Portugal? >>

Day 1: Start in the Netherlands >>

Now, some readers of my former blog post asked me: 

  • Why slant load in the 'opposite' direction?
  • Why the diagonal loading faces more to the back?
  • Why the horse's heads are to the right sight of the truck (if you look from behind)?

This has three reasons:

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Moving To Portugal - Day 1: Start in the Netherlands

On September 6th, Maestro, Romanesque, Prince Elmelund, Toronto and El Blanco traveled with me to Portugal!

It took us four days:

  • On the first day we traveled to the South of the Netherlands for a final check up by the veterinarian.
  • On day 2, we traveled to France.
  • Then, on day 3, we ended up in Spain.
  • And on day 4, we finally arrived in Portugal!

But before we were 'ready, set, go', we have researched everything to the finest detail when it comes to horse transport 😉

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