Going the Distance

With an upcoming move from Dubai to South Africa, she reached out to hear from her horse wondering if he would be alright to travel the distance since his physical challenges had moved front and center.

He had experienced laminitis. As a stallion, his demeanor was gentle and kind; a compact, majestic individual. He articulated his consultation thoroughly and shared how his feet would make a full recovery. With veterinary care and a thorough rehab of cold hosing and barefoot trimming (despite her concerns as a vet tech), he was on the track to full recovery.

Life in Dubai was different from what he was used to in Europe and as an experienced jumper he was comfortable teaching her and keeping her safe as she learned the discipline. Living in a rural setting surrounded by desert was interesting and he noticed details such as the limos with flags on them.

They had fallen for each other with a partnership growing in depth. Their jumping experiences had taken a rain check since his condition and her injury, but they found ways to be together. She would have it no other way than to take him with her to South Africa. He was familiar with the quarantine process, the duration, and described the two flight paths – one direct and one through Europe – which he embraced. He knew he would be taken care of.

At the other end of the trip, the largest change he envisioned was climate change. The facilities would match one another in care, protection, and amenities. With her questions answered and her mind put at ease, she would be able to pave the way for the new chapter in their lives and prepare for his arrival with what was to become his home for at least the next few years.

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