(These are written from oldest to most recent, so if you want to start at the bottom, it may make more sense)
Marley's New Adventure
I have always talked about wanting big, green, pastures with ample space and room for Marley to stretch his legs. This weekend, Marley is going south on a trial run at a new temporary home until we move. His permanence here until December isn't for sure until we know how he and the dogs do with his presence, but so far he seems really content with this new change. Thank you to Mike and Laura, long time family friends, for their generosity.
|Marley's new ride|
|Marley backing out of his new trailer|
|Taking a look around|
|Marley looking at the grass on our way to the pasture|
|Taking Marley to the big pasture|
|Marley happily grazing in the pasture|
|Jazz meeting Marley|
|Baby meeting Marley|
After we got his feeders up, stall full of shavings, and water tanks filled, I brought Marley up to the barn. Before putting him away I spent about an hour brushing him. I tied him to the hitching post by the barn and he stood quietly the entire time. At one point, he even had his eyes closed while I combed his mane and tail out.
I led him into his stall and run area, which in itself is huge. I walked him through his stall so he could see it, and then back out to his run. He drank, explored a little, and then started grazing again. Ahhh what a life.
Marley has a TRAILER!!
As you recently found out, Mike and I are going to be moving to California in December. While we had found Marley a place to live, we weren't sure how we were going to get him there. We thought about shipping him, and we thought about the prospect of buying a truck and trailer. We really needed a trailer, not only for distance hauling, but also in case of an emergency or if we would just like to take him somewhere new for a ride. The problem is that we don't have a car that can pull a horse trailer, and buying the truck is the expensive part.
Dad to the rescue! My family has had a big suburban since I was little. We used it for years to pull horses, boats, and to pack a bunch of kids into for field trips and play dates. It now has 280,000ish miles on it, but it's still going strong. The problem? It's a gas guzzler, and my Dad uses it as a commuter vehicle. The solution? He is getting a new car and we are taking the suburban. Perfect! All Marley needed now was a trailer!
What I wanted to get Marley was a nice sized two horse slant load stock trailer that had ample room for growth etc. I also would have liked a tack room. What we could afford was a 1976 two horse straight load with little to no room for growth. It has a small compartment up front, so no tack room, but it works. The good news? It pulls great, and heck, it's a start!
Marley's Sleep Over
When we got to the barn, Marley was laying down. He watched me sleepily while I unloaded the car and set up a spot in his stall. Both of us fell back to sleep, and I didn't hear him move until about 5:30 when I woke up suddenly to Marley sneezing in my face.
I was still groggy and it was barely light out, but Marley was up and feeling playful. He tried to grab the bottom of my chair out from under me, he grabbed my thermos and tossed it around, and relentlessly tried chewing and nuzzling my hair. Finally, I gave up on any more rest and we went for an early morning walk.
|The barn early in the morning|
Oh!! And most importantly for his training, Marley stood like an old pro for the farrier. Not a single hiccup from him, I was so proud.