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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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Turning Dreams Into Reality

Now and then it's good to ask ourselves:

What is it I truly want?

Now, if you know the answer to this question, it could be that you notice that there's a gap between where you are and where you want to be...

And this could make you feel a bit uncomfortable.

It might even create some pain, stress or frustration when the ideal picture of your life doesn't match your current life conditions.

Then, the next question to ask ourselves is:

What's holding you back to live the life you want?

That's because a common thing when setting goals is, that we subconsciously put the brakes on it.

We'll start to say: "Yes, but....".

So we make up a story why we cannot have it.

We might come up with a list of excuses.

We start to believe that "that is just not for us."

But it's important to tell these Gremlins to shut up 😉...

And to write down what you really want...

And to forget about what you think you can or cannot...

Or what other people are telling...

Or what is possible in your country...

So ask yourself:

What do you want?
What level of skills do you want to achieve?
What lifestyle do you want to have?

And.... very important:

• What do you want to do in return?

Because defining what you want is not enough...

As one of the greatest body builders of all time, Ronnie Coleman, said:

"Every man wants to be a body builder, but no man wants to lift heavy weights."

So the main question is not WHAT do you want, but WHY?

Because if there's not a strong enough WHY, you won't achieve your WHAT.

On the other hand, if there's a strong reason WHY, you'll make it happen!

Just by taking little steps in the right direction!

One step at a time.

Remember:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Now let me tell you a bit about my dream and my gap and my 'why' - and I hope this brings some inspiration and practical value to you.

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