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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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Get on the Early Bird List for the Mastery 2017 Class

The preparation for the start of the Mastery 2017 Class in November is in full swing behind the scenes!

The Mastery 2017 Class will join our online ST Academy to become the best horse trainer they can be and make a positive difference for their horse!

And we are working hard to get everything ready for the new group of Mastery Students! 

We are very excited to start working together in week 45 of November!

We imagine a world in which the vast majority of riders wake up every single morning inspired to do great things with their horse...

And feel fulfilled at the end of the day!

Where riders have an amazing relationship and magnificent life with their horse!

A world without unnecessary suffering for horses and their riders, because life’s too short to suffer!

We, as an organization, see ourselves as leading a movement to build this world.

We want as many riders as possible to make a positive difference for their horse...

Where they put the body, mind, heart, and soul of the horse first...

And can be the change they want to see!

To build this world, we know that we can’t do it alone:

We know that together is better!

Therefore, by using the internet, we can join forces in the Straightness Training Academy.

It’s the place where ancient wisdom, modern science, common sense, practical experience, fun, and mastery come together...

To help you on your personal path to mastery...

So you can be the best you can be for your horse.

By inviting people to join the online Straightness Training Academy, we hope to create an inspiring group of loyal horse trainers and instructors dedicated to the cause of improving health, joy, and beauty in working with horses - based on the principles of Straightness Training.

And the comprehensive, well-structured, simple to use and user-friendly ST Mastery Program integrates all aspects on working on you and your horse.

It has all the 'why, what, how and when' for training horses.

And it works brilliantly on all types of horses, regardless of age and breed.

It includes step-by-step coaching and 24/7 support to get to the next levels of you and your horse's abilities.

Also, you will have access to the ST Evaluation Program, whereby you can submit videos of your training to be evaluated to help guide you further on your journey.

This approach enables you to progress at your own pace and to stay on track.

It is an invaluable support in your horsemanship journey!

It helps you take your level of horsemanship and relationship with your horse to a completely different level - one you never believed would be possible before!

Now, I’m going to start a brand-new Mastery 2017 Class in November.

And anyone with any horse can join this program - no matter what age or breed or level of competence - there are no admission requirements to join.

Plus, the wonderful thing is, that you’ll reach me and like-minded Mastery students all across the world, but never have to leave home.

It’s going to be amazing...

But remember:

Seating is limited in the Mastery 2017 Class, because my team of evaluators and I want to give you personal feedback on your work, so you get the attention and coaching you deserve.

That means…

The early bird gets the worm, so to speak.

Therefore, I’ve set up this special page where EARLY ACCESS to the Mastery 2017 Class is granted.

Now, registration for the Mastery 2017 Class goes LIVE in November, week 45.

But if you want early access (and a special Early Bird bonus in the form of an extra coaching session) - get on the Early Bird List: