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After 5 days on the trail we arrived at Dorthe’s stables in Perstorp, a true horse paradise. The lat few days – from Sara’s stuga until now – have been real ‘woodland-days’. Sometimes through endless forests and sometimes alongs small roads for miles on end. Yesterday a part of the route was on a 15 km long gravelroad that lead us through valleys and past the most lovely Swedish houses and farms. I wonder how often people leave their property in this area. If a simple drive to a supermarket takes at least a 30 minute drive this won’t be on a daily basis I rekon.
A couple of days ago we were the first guests in the guesthouse of Ann & Bärra Andersson. A lovely place with kitchen, bathroom and living room. Guests can take their own horses. So if you ever consider a vacation with your horse to Sjöbo this is a nice place to stay. For more information, please contact Bärra directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
The day before yesterday was a tough day. In strady rain trying to navigate with a non-waterresistent tablet is not simple. It turned out my route was only for hikers, not for horses. The swamps are a no go for horses. That meant I had to find my own route through this area. Around 14.00 h we decided to call it a day and made camp on the parking where I happened to be when Mark came to see me. Timo was pleased with his paddoch very close to the tent, car and horsebox, everyone together.
The consequence of this early halt was that I had to ride 41 km the next day to Dorthe’s stables. Luckily it turned out to be sunny and it was easy navigating. Timo and I left camp at 08.15 h to arrive in Perstorp at 17.00 h. A long ride but is didn’t bother Timo at all. It is truly amazing how much with pleasure this horse works and how easily he adapts. This is not the flat country as in the Netherlands, it is up and down the whole day. And Timo happily walks away mile after mile and he is only a pain in the … when I ask him to stand still. The Easyboots are fantastic, I wouldn’t know what to do wiithout them. Good thing is that Timo’s feet show no signs whatsoever of wearing boots. Véry happy about that.
This weekend we take a two day break so Timo can rest, Mark can reorganize the car and I can reorganize the equestrian equipment. Timo has a huge field to himself where he can eat as much as he can for a couple of hours a day. And we camp at the wonderful lakeside in the 10 ha fields of Dorthe’s horses.
It happens to be that Dorthe is a certified natural trimmer, yes yes!! So she can take a look at Timo’s hooves this weekend.
Tonight there is a bbq with stablemates and friends. Looking forward to some company and sharing stories. See you soon.