|Our Rig! From Colorado to California.... Here we come!|
It was quite the trip, and Marley sure is glad to be settled in to his new home. It all started when only a few short days before our move, Marley suddenly decided that his hind feet didn't belong in the trailer. He wouldn't get worked up, he wouldn't kick or stomp, he just simply stood there with his front end in the trailer and his rear end out of it. Believe me, when I say he was stuck, he was truly stuck. No amount of coaxing, pressure, or ANYTHING would get him to pick up his hind feet. At this point, I hated our little straight load trailer, because I couldn't move him in any direction to get his feet off the ground. Finally, almost jokingly Mike closed the door on Marley's butt (which was still hanging outside of the trailer. Marley calmly picked up both feet, placed himself in the trailer and acted as if he were saying "Oh, you wanted all four feet in? Why didn't you say so?". After 4 hours of trailer loading, this was all it took, and he hasn't had a problem since.
Even still, the morning of our move we didn't want to take any chances that Marley wouldn't load, and we had arranged to stay in Winnemucca, Nevada overnight so we were on a bit of a schedule. Mike and I got to the barn at 4:00 AM, loaded up Marley's belongings, and loaded him in the dark. Marley was really good and got right in the trailer, and we were thrilled that it looked like our journey would be hassle free. I know, I know.... start laughing now.
|Marley loaded up and ready to go|
|"Are we there yet?"|
|A wrecked semi and treacherous conditions in WY|
|Stopping for a break|
|Driving into Utah|
Finally, at 2:30 AM, after 21 or so hours of driving, we unloaded Marley at the fairgrounds in Winnemucca, let him roll in the arena, and then because I was worried about putting him away after such a long trip we went on a walk. Other than being tired, he looked great. He was alert, drank water, his legs were all fine and he was eating without a problem. At 3:30 AM, it was finally time for bed.
The second day of driving was a breeze. Most of it was downhill, the weather was beautiful, and we only had to stop once for a bite to eat and short bathroom break. At 4:30, just before sunset, we pulled into the barn at the base of the Briones open space hills and had Marley settled in before dark.
Oh yeah, and just in time to celebrate Mike's birthday!
Since arriving in California, Marley has been doing exceptionally well. He lives in a pasture with a shelter and has a pasture mate named Legend. We take him on hikes, or rides, through the open space a couple times a week, and we are even taking lessons! I found a trainer here who I'm really excited to be working with, and our dressage is improving and we're both getting back into shape.
|Hiking with the Fam in California|
A couple weeks ago, I took Marley to school cross country with the trainer I'm working with and we had an absolute blast. Marley did ditches, water, banks, jumps, all without issue. We were even able to gallop over a few good size logs in an even rhythm and Marley was jumping well. I had this great idea to attach one of those GoPro video cameras to my helmet for "Marley Cam" so you could all see how we were doing on course, unfortunately I forgot to dump the old photos and videos off the SD card because it filled up before we even started trotting. Oh well, please enjoy the view and Marley's cute ears and fuzzy forelock. I'll get some cool video next time. :)