Where are you going to be riding? If you start in the fall, are you planning on winter riding? Are you going to have any type of support group for back up?
I haven't decided that for certain yet. I know that I am going to want to head south of me (Northern Illinois) and was thinking of hitting Florida, as I know people there and would be able to rest/stay for as long as I want.
Plus the south is going to be a better climate to ride in as far as winter goes. (But I am used to/comfortable with riding into the 30's. It's fine as long as you get off and walk periodically to warm yourself up which is fine with me. I don't mind winter riding really, though it does prove harder to manage. Not impossible, just harder.)
I am not sure if I just want to do a shorter ride to Kentucky for my first trip and see how that goes, as I also know people there.
It all depends on how my research goes. Everything is still up for grabs at this point as I am learning.
I definitely plan to take as much advise as possible and make it work for us.
I am trying to figure out exactly what I will need before hand as far as a back up team and such, so I can have it set up by the time I am ready to go.
I suspect you will need a pack horse. There is no way to carry enough for long trips on a single horse, Unless you re going to walk and lead the horse. Or have somebody in a truck/trailer shadowing you with all your necessities.
How fast do you want to travel. I talked to one couple that traveled from the Pacific to the Atlantic, But it took them 16 months to travel the 3000 miles. Others travel such distances in 4 months.
Do you plan to have feed brought in for the horses daily, Fall and winter travel often mean no grazing, so you would have to transport your own feed. Or make plans to have somebody dropping it off at staging areas.
I was thinking that too,and for a long trip, I agree, but if I do the short trip to Kentucky, I would pretty easily be able to have pre-established stops with things ready to go for me when I get there. (That's another reason I am waiting to do this. Got to make enough money!)
I am not in any hurry at all. Really, as long as it takes me is how long it will take.
The Kentucky trip is somewhere in the area of 450 miles. That shouldn't take too long. It's mostly through rural Illinois which is easy travelling and is familiar territory to me.
As I said above, it would be easiest to set up pre-appointed stopping points where I will have my supplies waiting for me. Though a 450 mile trip wouldn't take all that long in the grand scheme of things, so early fall is actually the best time besides late spring. The heat is moderate and we generally are getting some good rains which gives the grass a second wind for the year.
I just ordered The Horse Travel Journal written by one of the Long Riders Guild on the subject as well as some US Military journals on the care of the cavalry animals while on march. Hoping to learn a lot!