Friday, October 26, 2012

Diamond and Tsubasa

Good Morning!

We had a big day yesterday. Our two new horses arrived after a two day journey from the mainland.

The Ship at Dock

The MHC Riding Instructors met up at the barn around 9:30 Friday morning. We rode for an hour which was very nice. (More on that at a later date.) After our ride we loaded up and headed out to the docks. We made a few side trips but again there will be more on that later as well.

The horses arriving straight from the ship
We didn't have to wait long for our horses to arrive. I have to say how ironic some things are. We talked about how different it is when we ship horses compared to how these horses are/were shipped. We practically bubble wrap our horses or near as we can and how often do our horses somehow manage to hurt themselves in spite of our best attempts? These horses literally have nothing in the form of protection but luckily managed to arrive unscathed.

Tsubasa is the bay and Diamond is the gray. We changed Diamonds name from Daioh because apparently there was another Daioh at the barn a couple of years ago that died. We didn't want to risk any bad luck so Diamond it is.

I have to admit I'm already half in love with Tsubasa
Diamond is a cutie as well
This is a third horse that was going to a different stable on the island. He was a bit older and in much better condition
A fork lift came by and just like that unloaded the horse boxes from the trucks. As soon as they were down we were able to get a closer look at our new horses. Unfortunately we were disappointed in their condition. They are VERY skinny. :(

Yes, this is their version of a horse trailer.
Both horses were loaded into our "horse trailer." They were cross tied with only a rope separating them. We had about a 40 minute drive back to the barn but luckily both horses arrived unhurt and none the worse for wear.

As you can see both horses are horribly skinny. But they don't seem unhealthy otherwise and we will hopefully be able to get the weight back on them in the next couple of weeks. The good news is we have been promised that no one will try to ride them for at least three weeks.

Diamond getting a taste of some hay!
I went out and saw the horses again today. They seem to be settling in okay. They don't have the spunky(ness) you would expect from your typical 3 year old off the track but that is to be expected with how skinny they are. They seem to eating and drinking fine, though. So I am hopeful that we will see some improvement soon.


  1. You guys will get them back up in weight in no time. They are very pretty! :)

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