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post #1 of 12 Old 04-03-2018, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Mongolia riding - has anybody been?

I watched a documentary about a guy who went hunting with eagles on horseback in Mongolia. It looked amazing (well, apart from the fox getting killed part). Does anyone here have any experiences with riding in Mongolia or just visiting?
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I liked that documentary for the horses and the bird hunting. I started falconry myself, but I couldn't find a mentor after my old one moved away, so I stopped (there are very very very few falcomers in the US, much less one who will teach a kid). It was expensive, exhausting, and I'm glad I'm riding horses instead..... LOL!

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I liked that documentary for the horses and the bird hunting. I started falconry myself, but I couldn't find a mentor after my old one moved away, so I stopped (there are very very very few falcomers in the US, much less one who will teach a kid). It was expensive, exhausting, and I'm glad I'm riding horses instead..... LOL!
I am thinking of getting into it but around here there arenít many that can teach me. I suppose living in a city has its disadvantages. Our local law is very strict about it. I would have to apprentice for two years and only when my mentor gives me a recommendation could I sit the exam for a falconer license. Without it I cannot buy a bird. I suppose the process weeds out the flakes and protects the animals which is a good thing.
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I am thinking of getting into it but around here there arenít many that can teach me. I suppose living in a city has its disadvantages. Our local law is very strict about it. I would have to apprentice for two years and only when my mentor gives me a recommendation could I sit the exam for a falconer license. Without it I cannot buy a bird. I suppose the process weeds out the flakes and protects the animals which is a good thing.
Falconry is padded 3ft thick with laws. Its irritating and expensive to keep up, and takes YEARS to get anywhere... Plus, falconers are so elusive that you can lose sleep over trying to find one that'll help you. No mentor = no falconry. If you want to start falconry, expect house exceptions, a million tests, rules that make you go insane, and no time for anything ever again. If you can get past that, its quite rewarding. I enjoyed it while it lasted.

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I've watched many videos on the Mongols hunting wolves with golden eagles. The area looks very harsh to me and I thinks it's amazing how those people live in it.

Falconry is a difficult sport to get into and there are a lot of rules and regulations. In a way, I think that is ok otherwise there would all kinds of people thinking "Oh, that is so cool" and then taking it too lightly. These birds are not easy to take care of. They have to be kept at the perfect weight for hunting them or you could easily kill them. It keeps unknowledgeable people from "just doing it" at the expense of the birds lives. I think that it takes more time and dedication than most people are capable of giving to it.

These are my thoughts based on the research and extensive reading that I did on the subject when I thought it would be a really cool thing to do.

I think for someone who was really serious about getting into the sport, they would have a good start by joining clubs and meeting people who are really into it and possibly finding a mentor that way.
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I've watched many videos on the Mongols hunting wolves with golden eagles. The area looks very harsh to me and I thinks it's amazing how those people live in it.

Falconry is a difficult sport to get into and there are a lot of rules and regulations. In a way, I think that is ok otherwise there would all kinds of people thinking "Oh, that is so cool" and then taking it too lightly. These birds are not easy to take care of. They have to be kept at the perfect weight for hunting them or you could easily kill them. It keeps unknowledgeable people from "just doing it" at the expense of the birds lives. I think that it takes more time and dedication than most people are capable of giving to it.

These are my thoughts based on the research and extensive reading that I did on the subject when I thought it would be a really cool thing to do.

I think for someone who was really serious about getting into the sport, they would have a good start by joining clubs and meeting people who are really into it and possibly finding a mentor that way.
All of this is very true. The weight thing is more difficult then anyone would imagine, and clubs are great. Anyone who's interested should attend a couple meetings.

I had the benefit of making up my mind that I'd start falconry years before I was old enough (thought the wait would kill me), so I did lots of research, read many many books, and watched a lot of videos to see people's techniques.

It's difficult yet rewarding.
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This does't look like a piece of cake for the eagles either, those wolves fight back. Very interesting video.

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I followed along with the Mongol Derby this past year on Horses In The Morning. It's a tough country! But there are a number of groups that do horseback rides and tours through Mongolia.

I'd say if you go, be in tip-top shape, and be ready for anything!
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I followed along with the Mongol Derby this past year on Horses In The Morning. It's a tough country! But there are a number of groups that do horseback rides and tours through Mongolia.

I'd say if you go, be in tip-top shape, and be ready for anything!
1000km on semi-wild Mongolian horses! Well, I donít think I am quite ready for that...but it sounds very exciting.

I wonder how comfortable the horses are. Their trott loooks rather bumpy.
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That video Was very interesting.
.Those Ponies they ride are very tough.And the eagles are amazing.
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