What kinds of terrain can horses handle?
I know I'm probably going to sound like a complete idiot, I know nothing about horses but I have a kind of unique situation and have some questions I need answered.
My sister and I are college students in Washington State, some of our friends are taking a year off to go back packing around Europe; but we thought we would like to take a year off to do something a little more interesting. We, and a couple of our friends would like to get horses and travel from state to state on horseback.
Not on roads or trails mind you but just straight through the wilderness so to speak, setting up camps along the way. I guess basically my question is, is this possible? Can horses handle traveling long distances through varying terrains without paved walk ways or trails? And if so, what kind of horses can handle this? I do know a little bit about horses, enough to know about how not to over-stress them, to pack light and not travel too long without resting. But I don't know if the trip, at least the way we're planning it is possible or if it would be too much for the horses.
We would appreciate any advice you can give us.
Thanks in advance