Did someone ever cross a country on a horse? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 03-29-2019, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Did someone ever cross a country on a horse?

Hi,

Maybe it sound stupid, but I was thinking about this for no reason.

Did you ever heard of someone making a road trip, but instead of using a car, he was on his horse?

Like going from Boston to Miami on a horse? Crossing Spain on a horse?

I personally think it could be a great experience, but not sure it's legal or possible.

By curiosity I tried to find informations on Google, but didn't find.



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post #2 of 9 Old 03-29-2019, 11:20 PM
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There is a movie out now about a young man and his friends taking mustangs, breaking them and then riding from the southern U.S. border with Mexico to the Canadian border. The movie is "Unbranded" and the college kids name is Ben Thamer.I've seen the highlights and it looks really good. Some of the trails they rode look pretty hairy on a green horse, much less wild mustangs they got from a government roundup.
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-30-2019, 01:49 AM
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There are many people who have done extreme journeys on horseback.

Look at The Long Riders Guild.
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What @Foxhunter said. It's been done many many times, all over the world.

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The Long Riders' Guild

A great site and resource; well worth a visit or three.

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The Long Riders' Guild

A great site and resource; well worth a visit or three.
Yeah, I love that site!

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I've followed a number of the adventures in the Long Rider's Guild.
Bernice Ende is a colorful character who sort of makes a living of traveling the west with her horses and dog. She is not particularly out to prove anything, so she has no reservations about taking up an offer to put the horses in a trailer and bypass some horrible bridge or congested metro area.

The Unbranded adventure was a wilderness trip on the Continental Divide trail by a bunch of college kids. Their ambition to produce the movie was nearly as audacious as their trip. By any measure they were hugely successful, but their trip illustrates the physical risk to horses and relational strains of people as the unknown unfolds. A different way of tackling the Continental Divide trail was recorded by former Minnesota Governor Al Quie in his book, Crossing the Divide. Quie started from the north and did the route over a series of summers, often with different people at each stage.


Some of the journeys I read about ended badly due to disagreements along the way. (Not exactly Donner Party level disagreements, but it seems that putting people together in a stressful situation can sever relationships.) One of the saddest was a pair of young women who planned to ride to the Pacific Coast from the Dakota badlands. By the time they got as far as Billings the more experienced rider of the two was sick of the whole thing. They eventually made it as far as the Bob Marshall Wilderness, which was a huge accomplishment, but after that they split up. The bored horsewoman took up with a Montana cowboy and left the other poor girl to hitch a ride to Oregon with her mule.


My favorite of the stories I followed live was the cross country trip of Linny Kenney, who rode an Arab gelding 3,700 miles from Los Angeles to New Hampshire. Amusingly, once she reached her childhood home after 8.5 months of riding, she had no desire to go the final 120 miles to the Atlantic. And she really did ride or walk every step of the way. Her friend drove an old compact pickup truck along the route, hauling supplies and arranging lodging as they went. He also turned out to be a masterful photographer, which greatly enhanced the updates as they were posted to the web. Kenney now handcrafts and sells high end custom leather goods from her web site.
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There are lots of longrider journey books out there as well from various decades. Here are a few that I have in my home library:

https://www.amazon.com/Man-Horse-Lon.../dp/B075821TZ7

https://www.amazon.com/Long-Ride-Hom.../dp/B07DS3TWQJ

https://www.amazon.com/Tschiffelys-R.../dp/B00E258D08
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A different way of tackling the Continental Divide trail was recorded by former Minnesota Governor Al Quie in his book, Crossing the Divide. Quie started from the north and did the route over a series of summers, often with different people at each stage.

Sorry, I can see the book from here but I was too lazy to get up and check it. The actual title is Riding the Divide.
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