I can't believe that in less than 8 hours Little Love and I will be on the road. At this point I'm so tired that I don't even know how to be nervous. But I'm sure that will change tomorrow morning when we are about to leave. We have a some trying days ahead of us, but hopefully all goes well and Little Love arrives safe and sound in Finland. She certainly seems more calm before the storm than I do. Packing up the house has not been a walk in the park. Today, when I drove to the barn (via the vets to get the famous papers, they charged me almost 190 francs for that - this is about 190 US dollars...), I could feel the tension in my shoulders. I have been pretty stressed out lately. But, when I got to the barn and took one look at my horse, it was all gone. I just spent some time with her, soaking her feet and watching her eat. She was a picture of zen. I will hold onto that picture tomorrow.
Her old owner stopped by to give her some carrots. After the carrots were gone, Little Love pinned her ears back like she was going to bite the lady. I guess old habits die hard. I could tell that her old owner was dissappointed that Little Love didn't seem to remember her. At least not in the way she wanted to be remembered. It is sad how those two never really met on good terms. The woman really wanted to have this idyllic relationship with her horse, but went about it all the wrong ways. Perhaps some day she will find her dream with another horse.
Wish me luck for tomorrow. Or better yet, manifest for Little Love to stay calm and present during her journey. And for her to walk into all those horse transports like she has done it all her life. I'll count my gray hairs when I get to Finland!
PS. If I get anywhere near a computer on my way through Europe, I will be sure to post updates!