Originally Posted by Joe4d
any links to studies that back up the mileage claims ? Specifically on rocky terrain?
Gordon Naysmith's unshod ride of over 10,000 miles from southern Africa to central Europe back in the 70's. Not sure of the actuall distance, but remember that it was way beyond 10,000 miles. Just not sure how many hundreds/thousands more. (ok, I'm lazy and not going to dig it up
That's a lot of miles and there's certainly a lot of rough terrain just in the Mid East and southern Europe not including Africa. I believe he used a boot or some form of temporary hoof cover once when crossing an area that consisted of jagged volcanic rock. I believe that one case was in Africa, but I'm not positive. It's been a long time since I read his story of the trip, but you might find it on Amazon
Gordon Naysmith is a Scottsman who was (and might still be if he's alive) a bit of an adventurer
. Not sure what else he might have been involved in, but he is associated with Britains Geographical Society (whatever it's official name is) so I'm sure he was involved in things other than just that epic ride.