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post #1 of 3 Old 07-16-2011, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Howard Bury 2013 - Horse riding expedition

Hi,

I'm new to the forums here (hello everybody!). I am currently planning an expedition with a friend in 2013 to retrace the steps of a lesser-known British explorer, Charles Howard-Bury. As part of our trip, a lot of our travels will be on horseback through Eastern and Southern Kazakhstan and finally to Uzbekistan.

Neither of us are experienced with horses or horse riding and therefore we are looking to gain some experience. I'm wondering if you have any suggestions on where would be best to find some cost-effective training (in the UK or Europe)? Are there any recommended websites or books regarding long distance horse riding and horse care in general?

Any information or advice would be great appreciated! If you want to check out our website please see Mountains of Heaven -. It's a recent site so we are currently updating it etc.

Thanks in advance,

Matthew Traver
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-16-2011, 08:33 AM
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Hi Matthew and welcome!

Your website looks amazing so far!

I'm not sure this is what you are looking for, but a friend's wife used to work for this company Horse Riding Holidays and they organize horse treks in just about every country in the world! Whilst I don't expect you are looking for someone else to organize your ride, you might be able to contact them for information.

The best of luck to you and your colleagues! It sounds like the adventure of a lifetime! :)
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It would be a wise idea to also get horse endurance training in addition to just riding. Riding a horse, even for a professional, can be taxing on the rider-- especially for long periods of time. It's not just a matter of sitting on the horse and letting it do all the work; there are lots of balancing and use of your muscles, too, not to mention having your legs spread open all day (just being honest there). Having little experience, you'll more than likely wake up sore and achy and riding will become more of a pain, and less of a fun and historical experience.

But it does sound like an amazingly fun trip, and I wish you luck!

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