Our Great Journey

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Potential future horse breeders, beware: this post is not for the faint-hearted!

It is almost impossible for me to believe that our great journey of importing horses from overseas has finally been completed - after more than a year of...

* meticulous research on the Morgan horse as a breed, spending countless hours gathering and studying information on different Morgan families, bloodlines, and pedigrees...

* scrutinizing the feasibility of starting a breeding program of Morgan horses in Hungary, and trying to calculate if we are actually able to finance the project from start to finish with many unknown and unpredictable factors that might come into play...

* building a complete farm infrustructure from ground up to accomodate a pioneering Paddock Paradise horse boarding system in the country with a breeding focus in mind having no more than one person as a helping hand and limited resources, that will provide for the horse's needs, yet make our daily work as manageable as possible...

* starting an online search for breeders around the globe, contacting and actually making friends with them on Facebook, chatting with them, exchanging emails and a number of telephone calls, that reached its climax in the spring, when we actually paid a visit to two of the three farms in the US and met the horses for the first time "in situ"...

* choosing the best possible breeding stallions for each mare in view of our future purposes, figuring out the most suitable time of breeding to fit both the American breeding and the Hungarian foaling season, actually having our 3 mares bred and waiting for their pregnancy to be confirmed by ultrasound, making sure they are not arriving empty...

* finding out about import rules and regulations, making numerous inquiries about quarantine options, facilities, and the timing of it in order to avoid the risk of extreme heat of the summer for the horses, asking for international and air horse transportation quotes, insurance policies and paper and admin requirements to back up the entire process...

* and last but not least maintaining our sanity and objectivity as business owners while managing the rollercoaster of our sometimes conflicting emotions with my husband - my dreams and his fears - which by the way could make or break a relationship if not handled properly... 

... which is just a quick summary of our long journey with
these three beautiful mares: 

JMF Twist of Fate (2002)

Fate TX


Mossrose Windfall
(2004)

Windfall TX

 
Books End Dulce Chocolat (2007)

Lottie TX

It is now time for their long journey from Equiflight's brand new quarantine facility in Collinsville, Texas to first fly to Amsterdam and after a 2 day's rest to roll - this time on road - all the way to Vacegres, Hungary.


                                        (Photos are courtesy of Katie Forest-Schroeder from Equiflight)


    

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