The horses are now on their way, too! Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation arrived at the ranch early on Sunday morning with one of their giant horse vans. These are so big they offer a variety of stall configurations, so the ones who need extra room get it, and the ones who need to be stabled next to their buddy can be. We've used Bob Hubbard to haul our blind horses in the past, including Cash when he was just 4 weeks old, and they've always done a great job. In the photo above, Alayne is leading blind Hawk to the van.
Here is one of the Bob Hubbard drivers/handlers taking Hawk up the ramp:
Each horse has a tag on the halter with his or her name and any special needs or issues identified:
These photos were taken by Shirley L. of Portland, who along with her husband James C., has been at the ranch the past few days helping Alayne finish packing and loading the second of two moving vans. Shirley and James have been longtime friends and supporters of the ranch, and have been giving Alayne lots of wonderful help over a very soggy and wet holiday weekend.
Our customer rep at Bob Hubbard, Judy, called me on Memorial Day to give me an update on the trip. She said the drivers told her that "this is the quietest, calmest group of horses we have ever hauled." Isn't that something? The drivers also told Judy that they were so easy to load -- "they didn't know where they were going, so they just trusted us to lead them in." Judy reports that all the horses are eating and drinking normally, which is exactly what you would want. That's the sign of a relaxed bunch.
Although the van stops every few hours to give them a rest, they will also be staying at a "horse hotel" this evening in Wisconsin and will spend the night off the van. They should be arriving here on Wednesday morning.
And there they went:
I received a Google Alert this weekend about a new post on Jack Hanna's Web site -- he has a section called "Jack Hanna's Heroes," and we're among the two cited -- along with an orangutan sanctuary in Malaysia. You can read about it here. Thank you, Jack!