His Journey Began in the Dark.

I got up this morning at 4am. I got dressed, made myself a thermos of hot tea and set off for the barn. I am not a morning person and I was not doing this for fun. Biasini was leaving for Florida today. He was to be picked up at 6am. He could not go on an empty stomach nor could he go having just eaten so I had to get to the barn and give him his breakfast with enough time for it to settle before he got onto trailer.

I arrived at the barn at 4:45 am. I had a small flashlight and when I opened the barn door and stepped into the dark aisleway. Biasini’s neighbour Feng startled and looked at me with a “What the heck are you doing here now?” look. Biasini, on the other hand, looked at me with a “It’s about time you got here” look. He knew this was the day.

Biasini was the first to get his breakfast with some added carrots and apples that were a gift from our coach Belinda Trussell.

I then went through the barn and fed all the other horses and guess what? None of them complained about breakfast being too early! Barn Manager Carl had left their feed and hay outside their doors so I just had to put it into each horses stall. I received many knickers of appreciation.

Next I got Biasini dressed for his trip; a cotton sheet and on top a stable blanket. He can have the stable blanket taken off as they get down to warmer weather. On his front feet he has Soft Ride boots. I do not wrap his legs as he does not tolerate hind leg wraps well and I do not want him kicking the whole way to Florida. He was ready to go.

I looked outside to see if the trailer was coming. It was dark as dark can be even though we have the ground covered in white snow.

Here is a photo I took yesterday of the same view in the daylight.

Right on time, at 6am, the trailer arrived and Biasini walked right on with the driver leading him.

He has a nice little stall for the ride to the main depot where he will be transferred to the big rig with other horses for the 30-36 hour trip to South Florida.

The horses will all have small stalls and water buckets. I sent Biasini with a haynet packed full so he will not starve on the trip.

I know Biasini travels well but I will not completely relax until I get the call from my Florida coach, Lou Denizard, to tell me he has arrived safely.

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Irene says:

    So glad that Biasini arrived safe and sound. Wishing safe travels for you as well. 😊

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  2. I am sure Biasini felt very well taken care of. Let us know when he arrived in the Florida sun!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Viola. I got word at noon today that he had arrived safely. That was a 30 hour trip which means they made very good time.

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  3. I am sure Biasini feels very well taken of. Let us know when he arrived in the warm Florida sun!

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  4. Avery says:

    Safe travels, big boy! It is a winter wonderland!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Avery! i got word today at noon that he had safely arrived and my coach there Lou Denizard sent a photo of him in his stall: open to the air and Biasini with not blanket or stable sheet on. He looked pretty happy.

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  5. Megala says:

    Wishing Biasini a safe travel!
    It is nice to see how the same place looks different in the daylight and in the dark. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      He is almost there now. He will e happy to be in the warmth.

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  6. Emma Cownie says:

    I wonder if all those horses who had an early breakfast will be hungry later? Safe Journey!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I suspect they will be. But I’ve had a call from the transport and they will be at the barn for Biasini in a couple of hours so not long now. That will have been a 30 hour trip which is not bad for 2600 kilometers

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        Wow – those North American roads are straight and easy to drive!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Yes but there are hills and if you have an unplowed road with 6 inches of snow and ice below that the hills can be tricky . I have 4WD and so that helps a lot and I drive cautiously.

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          1. Emma Cownie says:

            I should think you NEED a 4WD in those conditions!

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  7. etikser says:

    I guess I get into these more than I should. I was wondering if Biasini was leaving you for a new home, but glad to see you’re joining him him in FLA. “Dark as dark can be…” so descriptive to me, especially with the photo.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Dont worry Biasini and I are together for the long life journey. The barn is out in the country so it is seriously dark at night Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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  8. The snowy landscape is beautiful as is your equine partner to join you in the early morning.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment . Biasini is almost there as I write this so he will be happy to be in the warm sunshine soon.

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  9. Linda Book says:

    You are a good Horse mom. He will travel like the pro that he is and you will worry about him til he arrives safe and sound. Have a wonderful Florida. Sleep in a bit!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you I am heading for an early bed tonight 😄

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  10. JD says:

    So much love in this post, Anne.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. That is a lovely comment..

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  11. Cyranny says:

    Bon voyage, Biasini 🙂 Anne, I think you told me already, but my memory sucks (especially lately)… When are you planning on joining Biasini down South? 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      We leave right after Christmas and it takes two and a half days to drive. We’ll be there before New year’s.

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  12. Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey sweet Biasini, much love to you and Ma Leueen from all of us here 🤗💖🥕 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Xenia!💕🐴

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  13. Judy says:

    Godspeed Biasini and God bless Anne Leueen.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Judy!💕💕

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  14. Stpepe says:

    Safe travels Biasini! Safe travels to you too Leueen!

    Sharon, Bella, Dream Boy & Dilara

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    1. anne leueen says:

      thanks for commenting!

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  15. dprastka says:

    Oh my goodness it’s dark out at that hour! Just black!!! Crazy! But bless your heart as I’d be there too, getting everything ready and fed for his trip South. And like you, I would not rest easy until he arrives! Let us know he made it safely! ❤️🐴🐎❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will let you know Diana !

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