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post #11 of 21 Old 10-16-2013, 08:59 PM
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It's a lovely idea and something I've whimsically thought about doing in my own country.

However, often the logistics are too hard. When I tried to work it out I could figure most of it except for riding every day the horse is going to need supplementary feeding likely daily to keep up with the energy they're expending, so you'll need somewhere to get feed each day. It's one thing carrying your own food and sometimes water, but you'll also need to carry a share for the horse. This usually means at least two horses (one to ride and one pack horse) but again, more supplies needed.

A "drop point" system could work, where you drive around leaving supplies in areas between towns, and doing a shorter trips going through parks and small towns where there are facilities.
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-16-2013, 10:40 PM
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can I come? sounds awesome, and I have a simmilar dream, I say go for it
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-16-2013, 10:52 PM
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That sounds incredible! You just gave me a new dream ;)

But personally I don't necessarily think it would be a good idea to buy a horse for this. Maybe if you settle somewhere and buy a horse, you could later plan a ride like this, but I don't think it makes sense to land here, buy a horse and take off.

But like others said, what about traveling slowly and riding a lot? You could do a 50-state trail-riding journey, going on 2-5 hour trail rides in every state. It would be a lot less risky for you and the horse, and if you are serious about owning a horse in the long term, that would be an incredible way to figure out exactly what kind of horse you want.

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post #14 of 21 Old 10-17-2013, 02:03 AM
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Would it not make some sense to keep your dream, but lower your expectations a bit. You could select one particular state that interests you and plot out your stopping points before you even start. A road map of sorts. After that venture you can expand your challenge or simply look back on your trek as a successful and memorable journey that you will talk about for years to come.
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post #15 of 21 Old 10-17-2013, 02:59 AM
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Chase your dreams!
But also I have to warn you that you will end this ride a couple years latter and with deformed legs haha.
You will need allot of riding lessons before you do this!

I have a friend who competed in the most extreme trail competition in the U.S. they were aloud to use 4 of the horses to complete this ride (They had to alternate horses) and the competition had stops set up along the ride for your horse to eat so that you didn't need 9 mules to carry the food for the two weeks this ride took and this ride was half as long as what your talking about!
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post #16 of 21 Old 10-18-2013, 10:28 PM
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There is a international group that is dedicated to just this, ans there are several folks who have done it. As a matter of fact there is a group riding south to north right now on mustangs, if its your dream, do it.
The Long Riders' Guild
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post #17 of 21 Old 10-19-2013, 12:54 PM
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Welcome to the Forum.

Have you looked into riding the Appalachian Trail? It crosses many highways but does not go right along them. It has a very nice network of camping places and quite a few local people that support the riders and hikers. It could prepare you you take the bigger bite. I have known people that rode it -- Usually North in the Spring and South in the Fall.

Out of curiosity -- do you have someone with a truck and trailer that can 'rescue' you and your horse should it become necessary? I think that is a 'must' as horses go lame or get sick as do riders.

I regret not doing something like that when I was younger and able.

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post #18 of 21 Old 10-19-2013, 01:26 PM
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post #19 of 21 Old 10-29-2013, 12:37 AM
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if you do decide to take this dream and make it a reality just be really careful out there just here where im from we rode for like 80 miles and we got stuff thrown at us from dumb kids, they tried to steal our horses at a store there are a lot of things you have to make sure that you are ready to face but it is what it is and if you want to leave your dream then do it and don't let anyone impose on what you want to do
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post #20 of 21 Old 10-29-2013, 01:25 AM
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It's really not so far-fetched. We had a couple stay with us for a few days to rest and recuperate during their cross-country trip on horseback. They started out somewhere in California and they rode horses all the way to South Carolina where they have family.

The biggest problem they mentioned was how much pack they needed even roughing it just for the 2 of them. They had, I think 4 pack horses in addition to the 2 they were riding when they were with us, but they would trade out horses as they went along, sometimes with a friend that would bring another horse to replace a sick/injured one, and sometimes they would trade with someone they met along the way. They depended greatly on the kindness of strangers and they said that they found most people, especially in the south, very welcoming and willing to share whatever they had. There were several places where they would spend a few days and help someone do repair work on a house/barn/business. Since FB links aren't permitted here, I'll pm you a link to their facebook page and you can check out their pictures and/or contact them with any questions you might have. They are super nice people.
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