On the Road Again!

Biasini set off home this morning. He had a very early breakfast and then a short walk around Standing Oak Farm just to get a bit of exercise before the long trip. His travel trunk was packed and ready to go.

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His Export papers were all ready. All  horses returning to Canada must have been inspected by a vet and found to be healthy and then the Department of Agriculture forms are filled in and approved. If Biasini did not have these health papers and proof that he was a returning Canadian horse  he would not be able to cross the border into Canada. But Biasini’s were all ready to give to the transport diver.

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Then, right on time, the transport arrived. My husband David gave the driver a wave to let him know which part of the barn Biasini was in.

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Soon Biasini was loaded onto the transport. I always pay that bit extra for him to have a box stall for the 30+ hour trip. Here one of the drivers holds Biasini while the other driver sets up the partition.

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Biasini took a last look at the Florida farm and bid farewell to Coach Lou and his Florida friends.

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The driver then backed up the big transport.

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There were already horses on before they picked up Biasini; one horse from Wellington and four racehorses from Payson’s Park. They would make one more stop in Ocala, for one more horse, and then be on their way north.

The transport turned around and left the farm. Our Florida season was over. But what a great time we had!bbtravel-0849368

Tomorrow morning my husband and I will start our drive north. It will take us longer than Biasini as we do not go straight through. We will drive for about 10-11 hours a day and stop overnight tomorrow and the next day.  Unfortunately the weather forecast for the day we hope to get home is dreadful….an ice storm!  In the middle of April….? There is no driving in an ice storm. It does not matter how careful you are, or what tires you have, driving on sheets of ice is just not possible. So if the weather turns bad we will just take an extra overnight on our journey and wait for the weather to clear.

Biasini will be met by the barn manager Carl Callahan at Oakcrest Farm and he will know right away that he is back home. Carl has already told me he has Biasini’s winter blanket ready on his stall and advised me to send his warmer stable blankets in his trunk with him.  What a bizarre spring this is!

I shall not be posting for a few days  but will try to keep up with my fellow bloggers posts in the evening when I can.  Have a nice weekend everyone!

 

35 Comments Add yours

  1. Welcome home! Yes we’ve been having an exceptionally cold spring. It’s been hard to tell if it’s January or April! Hope the weather cooperates for you. Safe journey!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes this is rather shocking weather. But we were lucky that we got home yesterday safe and sound. Thanks for your comment and good wishes!

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  2. Hope you all get safely home!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      We did! Thank you.

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  3. txjessy says:

    Safe travels!!

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  4. Glad to see Biasini has already arrived home safely and has his rugs to keep him him warm! We wish you and your husband a safe onward journey too and hope the weather gets warmer soon 🌞💜

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    1. anne leueen says:

      We have had a good drive so far and are in Pittsburgh but there is an ice storm at home so we may have to wait till that passes.

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  5. Safe journey to you all. Wish you could have stayed until after the storm, but I know you are only allowed 180 calendar days per year.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well we are in Pittsburgh and the ice storm is raging at home so we will see how it goes tomorrow and delay here if the weather does not improve.

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      1. Praying for improvement.

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      2. anne leueen says:

        We got home. Snow on the ground and freezing rain falling so it was slow but the road crews were out working overtime. Thank you for your prayers because it could have been much worse!

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  6. Miss A says:

    Safe travel Biasini! And you of course! Must have been a nice few months for you in Florida. Thanks for sharing your adventure. Hope it’s not too cold to get back home.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Unfortunately the weather at home is simply dreadful.We left Florida yesterday and as of now ( Saturday evening) we are in Pittsburgh. The weather report from home is of a bad ice storm. As you are a Nordic person I expect you are familiar with those. So we may not be able to get home tomorrow. So close and yet so far! But…better safe than sorry!

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  7. Safe travels to you all and Biasini my friend x
    I love how thoughtful you are and how you pay the extra for him to be comfortable. Warms my heart mate.
    Mel x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I just can’t stand the idea of having a horse in a standing stall for 30 or more hours! He arrived home safe this afternoon and the barn manager put his two stable rugs on to keep him warm. It’s so cold at home.

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  8. Safe travels to you all. xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! Biasini made it home safely ( friday April 13) David and I will be on the road till Sunday.

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      1. I’m so glad to hear Biasini had a safe and quick journey home. 🙂 hope you and David are both back now too. 🙂 xxx

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      2. anne leueen says:

        We are! We have arrived to arctic temperatures snow on the ground and freezing rain! On April 15 it is unbelievable! But main thing is we got here safe and sound! Thanks for your good wishes.

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      3. It’s not sounding exactly spring like there! But am so glad you are all safely home. 🙂 xxx

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  9. sandyjwhite says:

    Take care on your drive home, Anne! Winter just doesn’t want to quit this year.
    Hope Biasini arrives in good shape, too.

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  10. Avery says:

    Safe travels to all! Bummer about arriving home in that weather. Especially for B!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      thank you. Biasini arrived safe home this afternoon( friday). David and I will be on the road till Sunday.We are watching the weather carefully!

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      1. Avery says:

        Oh good. Now y’all be safe!

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  11. Robyn says:

    Safe travels!

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  12. Jeff Rab says:

    This is fascinating….honestly, I didn’t think about the transport from Florida to Canada…duh! Safe travel to all!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. Biasini has arrives safe home this afternoon. David and I will be on the road till Sunday. There are literally thousands of horses that travel up and down to Florida, racehorses, hunter jumpers, dressage and polo ponies. From the north eastern states and from Ontario and Quebec and the maritime provinces as well. It is quite a migration. On the interstate highways we see the big transports with horses several times a day. Anyway..have a good weekend!

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  13. , Quite a process! Prayers for safety all along the way! We have our MS walk here on Sunday. One year we had such a downpour we had to cancel. We are expected that kind of rain again. Crazy weather!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Let’s hope the forecasters are not correct! Best wishes for your MS walk.

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  14. Katrin says:

    Safe travels!

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