So, like many people, the idea of taking off from your current life to spend time on the road/trail with your equine partner is enchanting. I really plan to do this in the next few years to come. If all gets worked out in the next two months, I will begin planning for my trip late next year or so. I am looking to collect as much information as possible about the in's and out's of ACTUALLY doing this.
I know there are a couple of members on this board that are planning to take a trip or have already done so and I would like to propose that we pool our information and share ideas on the subject.
I'll start with a little info on my projected trip. Nothing is set in stone yet as there are a ton of factors that go into this and any of them could change without notice.
I would like to begin the late summer/early fall of 2014.
My horse would be 5 years old or nearly 5 at the time.
I am planning to make the ride alone, although depending on how things go, I may bring a dog with as well.
Due to it only being myself, I am trying to figure out the logistics of whether this is feasible with only one horse or if I should consider a pack animal.
I am very comfortable roughing it. I have many skills that will be handy out on the trail. As far as comfort gear for myself, I am a minimalist. I don't need much. Just something to keep the bugs and rain off me at night and I am good.
I am in the process of learning many of the things that I will not be able to rely on others readily to do for me while on trail.
I am back into studying hoof care, and I have worked as a vet tech of sorts for five years, so I am proficient at wound care. However, I am refreshing my knowledge so it is current.
I would prefer to be able to get to a vet or good farrier, but that may not always be an option, so I want to be as proficient as possible.
So, share your plans (wishful or not) and if you have any questions post and see if anyone here has an answer for you. Or if you have answers for anyone else.
P.S.-Because someone is going to link to The Long Riders Guild, I have already emailed them and am waiting for a reply. Thanks!