1 Betsy had to take care of many things in preparation for driving Rinze and Ramon to Skylands.
2 All the horses have their shoes replaced about every four weeks and Betsy scheduled a new fitting just before the trip.
3 Linda Friedman has been my farrier since I first had horses. The back of her pickup is equipped with all of her tools of the trade.
4 Her forge swings out for easy access.
5 The shoes are heated in the forge, making them pliable.
6 Once heated, the shoes are removed from the forge.
7 The red-hot shoes are pounded on an anvil to draw two clips, which help keep the shoes in place.
8 Linda makes sure the clipped shoe is exactly level.
9 Linda carefully customizes each shoe to fit just right.
10 Her tool rack at the ready
11 To nail on the shoe, the hoof must be held between Linda's legs. This requires great strength, finesse, and caution.
12 Fitting horseshoes properly requires vast knowledge of horse anatomy and Linda continues to educate herself by regularly attending clinics and symposiums.
13 Meanwhile, the horse trailer was prepped for the long ride from my farm in Bedford, NY to Skylands, my home in Maine.
14 Truck and trailer were thoroughly washed.
15 This trailer carries two horses.
16 Each stall is well-padded.
17 Rinze and Ramon can see each other for the duration of the trip.
18 The saddles are loaded into the dressing room of the trailer.
19 Along with the reins and harnesses
20 There are also hooks for rakes, muck shovels,and brooms.
21 There is additional storage space in the gooseneck of the trailer.
22 Gyurme and Gelbu attached the tarps, which hold the hay for the horses to eat during the drive.
23 The tarps allow the horses to eat without moving too much in these close quarters.
24 The windows are opened, allowing for good air flow.
25 And straw pellets are laid down as bedding.
26 Straw pellets are very absorbent.
27 The day before the trip, Dolma bathed Rinze and Ramon.
28 Following the bath, they were given a good grooming.
29 Ramon enjoys his grooming.
30 This gentle fly and insect spray is applied during grooming.
31 Some well-used horse brushes.
32 Ramon, looking very handsome, always loves his time at Skylands.
33 Rinze also loves the change of scenery.
34 Also, in preparation for the journey, Betsy had to prepare Rinze and Ramon's meals. She started by laying out the food bowls.
35 The oats with corn and barley are kept in a large bin.
36 As is the stabilized flax, which adds Omega 3 fatty acids to the diet and makes for a shiny coat.
37 The food supplements are kept within easy reach.
38 The serving size per meal is clearly labeled.
39 Betsy measured out the food for each meal Rinze and Ramon would need while in Maine.
40 She added the supplements.
41 And labeled individual bags for each horse - Rinze AM & PM and Ramon AM & PM
42 She then poured out each meal into its appropriate bag.
43 The meals were packed into a bin all ready to go!