So after a 17 hour flight and a double landing pit stop in Kazakhstan, we finally made it safely to China!! Things are a little different in China. So with a 3am landing, we were concerned that they would not … Continue reading Arriving in China the Journey to Quarantine! ⛩♨️
Having arrived at Frankfurt Lufthansa Cargo and completed the initial process, we were quickly able to unload the ponies and their kit bags. After having a few minutes to walk and stretch their legs we were assisted to load them onto the specially designed container that they would complete their entire flight on.
The specially designed containers are split into three sections with moving partitions very much like an oversized trailer. They are well bedded and have more height and the ramp is much larger with less incline than on a trailer. The ponys all loaded very well with much less issue than I had anticipated. There are other animals such as dogs in the animal hotel and it is quite a big noisy and potentially frightening experience for them. The staff are extremely professional and made the process easy.
In front of each pony a breast guard is attached (this looks a lot like the guards which you can put across a stable door), if you wish to leave it open without your horse escaping. The area in front of this is not big and in this space we must pack water containers & buckets the kit bags and haynets.
For those of you who have done a long driven journey with your horses you will know there is a lot to think about. Resting the horses over night stops, water, feed, hay electrolytes equipment. We have to consider so … Continue reading The first Leg of the Journey to China!
Hi everyone thanks for reading it’s been super busy over the last week with all the preparations for our flight to China!! In my last blog we spoke about fitness, condition and handling. Today we will cover the second half … Continue reading Training Our Ponies Part 2
Hi and thanks for reading, so since the last time I blogged, I have been busy continuing with the ponies training. I’ve been working on the following areas to improve their suitability their new jobs in China & also to … Continue reading Training Our Ponies Part 1
So for the last week I have been working with the Ponies to improve their fitness and learn more about their strengths & weaknesses. I have been keeping their work varied using a rota system where they move between lunge … Continue reading The Ponies Progress
So we have six ponies selected to go to China they are a range of sizes and ages and types. We have four gelding’s and two mares they have all been chosen because they have been ridden by children and … Continue reading Introducing the Ponies!!
Final preparations have been completed and our special ponies have arrived to begin the biggest journey of their lives. Quarantine procedures to take horses and ponies to China is long and complex and it is best to consult with the professionals. If you are interested in purchasing or importing then please get in touch with Hayfield’s Equestrian who can provide this service. The ponies have already undergone a variety of veterinary requirements and checks before their purchase was confirmed. The checks will continue throughout the quarantine procedure, so once the ponies had settled a government official vet arrived to check … Continue reading The Ponies have Arrived!!
Part two Tack Cleaning and Tack Fit It is very important that I fit tack correctly for our ponies whilst we are still in Europe. China exports many things but equestrian equipment is hard to buy out there. So I … Continue reading Preparation for the Ponies Arrival