We picked up the horses today. The weather forecast had originally called for 14 - 17 inches of new snow tonight. Of course, now it has been down-graded to 1-3 inches. How does that work? That's OK; I really love have them back home and it is currently snowing pretty good; just starting to stick. The amount of snow was the deciding factor. We had hoped to leave them another month, but I had forgotten about the difficulties of moving our horse trailer once snow does set in. The trailer gets snowed in and can't be moved, so - we picked up the guys today!
Ranger had ice on his front feet and didn't like the feel of it on the rubber mats, although on the second try, he hopped right in. Jesse was not interested in the least; this from a horse who normally loads easily on voice command. Something across the highway and neighbor's field had caught her attention and she did NOT want in that trailer until she figured out what was going on! She then stepped on, turned around and stepped right back off, pushing Beel out of the way. Ooooh! So not good. For her efforts, she got to run up and down the road shoulder a few times until she could pay attention. Then, she got tied into the trailer when she got on; such an embarrassment for her. It's been a loooong time since she has had to be tied in the trailer. By this time, Washoe had seen whatever had Jesse's attention, but his attention came back quicker and he got right on the trailer. So, instead of a 5 minute process to load all three horses, it took about 15. I suppose we don't have a lot of room to complain. 99% of the time they are fantastic travelers.