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Moving To Portugal – Day 4: Arrival

On the final day of traveling, we loaded the horse’s early in the morning, before sunrise.

This way, we would be sure to arrive at our new house before sunset, so the horses would be able to get to know their new home during daylight.

Now already in July, we prepared an ‘arrival’ paddock in the garden behind the house, with a temporary fence.

And we scanned all three fields for poisonous plants, such as ragwort.

We also created two options for unloading, because we had the feeling, that the truck wouldn’t be able to pass the gate…

And indeed…

The gateway with the sloping road was a bit too complicated.

So, the horses had to go through the ‘back door‘:


Since the whole 4-day journey has been a relaxed experience, all horses arrived in good condition!

Therefore, they could immediately embrace life in their new home.


Have fun, seeing my horses arrive in Portugal, investigating and adapting to their new home in the sun:

Many thanks to Marcel Jordan Horse Transport for treating my horses with the best 5-star care possible as they made their way to Portugal!

Thank you top class driver Ronnie Veldhuizen for your care and love for my horses!

Thanks to the M.A.X., Marc Marsman, my partner in life and business, for setting up the enormous ‘Moving to Portugal’ project and managing the whole process in the most efficient and effective way!

And many thanks to the compassionate readers of this blog and for sharing your encouraging comments, impressive stories and heartwarming wishes, here on this website but also on Facebook, email, and Instagram! 


This is another post in the series of ‘Moving To Portugal’
and just in case you missed the previous episodes, here they are:

Turning Dreams Into Reality: Why Portugal? >>

Day 1: Start In The Netherlands >>

Day 2: On Our Way To France >>

Day 3: Transport To Spain >>

Day 4: Arrival In Portugal >>


9 thoughts on “Moving To Portugal – Day 4: Arrival

Comment author said

By Fiona Ramsay on 11 October 2017 at 10:58

What a fabulous journey! Your life is inspiring to so many…Welcome to your new chapter in Portugal. Dreams do come true!! And life is meant for living your dream… Thank you for sharing… Congratulations to you Marijke, Marc and all your team and especially your beautiful horses.


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By Stephan Pulles on 12 October 2017 at 22:42

helemaal geweldig…..veel succes


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By Sharon Morell on 13 October 2017 at 00:32

Congratulations on making your dream your reality, I wish you all the best for an amazing future.


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By Tracy Vosloo on 13 October 2017 at 05:09

Wow! You just did it! HUGE CONGRATS, Marijke and Marc! What an exciting adventure you are having. Thank you soooooo much for sharing it with all of us! Thank you, thank you!


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By Pui Yee Chan on 13 October 2017 at 09:58

Hallo Marijke,

Waar zitten jullie nu precies in Portugal? Lijkt me leuk om daarheen te gaan voor Straightness trainingen. Wanneer starten er weer trainingen?


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By Lieve Plaetinck on 13 October 2017 at 18:01

Hoedje af voor dit avontuur! Veel succes! Geniet ervan!
Laat weten als je clinics start. Ooit kom ik (zal wel zonder mijn paardje zijn)


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By Doerte Cappellato on 13 October 2017 at 21:30

Love, love, love it!! Wishing you lots of joy and inspiration in your new home, the horses look just as excited as the two of you!


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By Joan on 26 August 2018 at 08:16

Geweldig verhaal, alles over de verhuizing en alle details.
Ben heel benieuwd waar je zit in Portugal. Wij wonen er ook al 19 jaar met onze paardjes.
Veel succes!


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