We're starting to get ready for Lily and Norman's great adventure - their trip to Tennessee on Monday to live with Jason and Melissa of Paradigm Farms - if you haven't heard about this, check out my post Forever Horses. The truck's been in for service, the trailer tires that needed fixing have been fixed, all tires have been properly inflated - we'll check again right before they leave - and I'm collecting the things that need to go with them. The inside of the trailer has been cleaned out and rebedded with moistened pelleted bedding. We have one hay net in the trailer (small mesh so legs can't get caught) and Noble will have to lend his hay bag for a couple of days (Noble's very messy with his hay in his stall so we put it in a hay bag, which helps). Later today I'll put a dollop of grease on the ball and hitch up - we're going to do some loading practice with Lily and Norman. Lily's practiced once already, but Norman hasn't been on a trailer in years and never on this particular trailer, although he's a pro at loading so I don't expect any problems. That'll also allow me to adjust the trailer tie in his stall - he's so little that the normal horse length for the tie won't work. We're taking some things for them to leave with Melissa - their veterinary health certificates and shot records, several bales of our hay plus some of our balancer pellets to ease their transition to new food, and some Ventipulmin syrup for Melissa to keep on hand in the event Lily has a heaves attack.
Lily and Norman will get cleaned up on Sunday - Lily will definitely need a bath - we have to make an attempt to meet Melissa's standards :)! I know she loves the pulled mane look, but she'll have to cope with, and shorten up if she prefers, Norman's "I'm a cute fuzzy pony" look and Lily's attempt to imitate an Andalusian mane! Then very early Monday morning, we'll feed them their breakfast and wrap their legs for their journey - luckily the weather is supposed to be relatively cool Monday, although our trailer is well-ventilated and has an insulated ceiling so it handles heat well. Then off they go with my daughter and husband, and I'll be anxiously awaiting word of their arrival!
And in great news for me, jmk of Buckskin and Bay will be doing morning feeding and turnout two days a week for the summer, which will allow me to get a break! I've been doing this job for almost exactly 5 years without much of a break, and I'm looking forward to being able to sleep in a bit a couple of mornings a week. I'm even starting to plan a small getaway for later in the summer! jmk is very capable with the horses and very meticulous about horse care and feeding, and she knows all the horses well, so I can be sure everything will be handled well. That's why I have time to post this morning - because she's working instead of me!