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View Poll Results: 30,000 miles is a long way on a horse. Will he make it?
All the way. 3 16.67%
Give up because of death or injury. 3 16.67%
Just give up because it is too difficult. 2 11.11%
Go half way then give up. 1 5.56%
Make it only a few day. 4 22.22%
What is the point of this poll? He will not even start. 5 27.78%
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post #31 of 52 Old 06-27-2018, 01:49 PM
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Well, if you go on a weeklong ride to the highlands in Iceland, you will travel with a herd of horses and change horses once or twice a day, and those little guys are rugged. For the welfare of whatever animals you plan on drafting into this enterprise as laid out by you - just don't.

This is my dream vacation ^

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post #32 of 52 Old 06-27-2018, 02:01 PM
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This is my dream vacation ^
I want to go to the fall roundup, but attaining the riding skills to do it left me without the money to pay for it...

https://www.ishestar.is/en/tour/hors...rapatungurett/
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I want to go to the fall roundup, but attaining the riding skills to do it left me without the money to pay for it...

https://www.ishestar.is/en/tour/hors...rapatungurett/
Okay, THAT is my dream vacation.

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post #34 of 52 Old 06-27-2018, 02:25 PM
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I'd recommend reading the book "Riding the Crest: Not a Walk in the Park." First hand account by an endurance rider who did the Pacific Crest trail (Mexico to Canada)- inspiring, terrifying, sobering, heartbreaking. It's not Pulitzer Prize-worthy writing but it's an honestly narrated journal with great pictures.
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post #35 of 52 Old 06-27-2018, 04:55 PM
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The OP gave an 8 to 10 year estimate in a follow up comment. A reasonable first estimate to me.
That is information that should have gone into the Poll because it makes all the difference to the answers re. chances of finishing.
Terrain also makes a huge difference as does climate. Crossing countries with more average weather and gentler terrain will be far less wearing on horses and riders and being able to avoid cities and major road systems as much as possible also an advantage
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post #36 of 52 Old 06-27-2018, 05:13 PM
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Other books to read:


Crusader: By Horse to Jerusalem by Tim Severin and Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck. Riding the Divide by A. Quie is another one worth reading.


Unbranded has a book, too. Crusader and Unbranded are both accounts by people who didn't have enough horse experience to NOT put their animals at unnecessary risk, and both lost horses because of it. Rinker did his research before departing on the Oregon Trail with his mules, and still had issues. Since you do not have a lifetime of experience with horses, I would encourage you to take someone with you who does, for the sake of your animals, should you attempt this feat.
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post #37 of 52 Old 06-27-2018, 08:04 PM
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Sorry, but I nearly spit my coffee out. You do realize that here in Canada, we have grass for maybe 3-4 months a year.
As I said, depending... Who's to say OP will not be doing those parts at that time of year? He will need to plan for the seasons of travel too. And I did also say I don't kno the country.
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post #38 of 52 Old 06-27-2018, 10:31 PM
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If I were to do this, I would ditch the state capitols idea, at least for the US portion. If for no more reason than the nightmare of navigating 2 or more horses through an urban environment. Instead, I would choose some horse friendly landmark representative of that state.


If you're looking to meet with state officials, as Beck did, you could contact the state government and make an appointment with some appropriate representative.


I can't speak to the viability of riding through the provincial capitols of Canada.
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There's a (Canadian I think) girl currently doing our bicentennial trail, that I'm following on fb(forgot cos don't look at fb often) Her page is Wild Tracks. As said, this is thru mountains, tracks, very rural areas & small towns, not highways & big towns.

She just posted that they passively trapped 3 brumby mares & with help of a good trainer, they were broken to saddle & added to her team in 5 days. She is NOT a horse novice...
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There's a (Canadian I think) girl currently doing our bicentennial trail, that I'm following on fb(forgot cos don't look at fb often) Her page is Wild Tracks. As said, this is thru mountains, tracks, very rural areas & small towns, not highways & big towns.

She just posted that they passively trapped 3 brumby mares & with help of a good trainer, they were broken to saddle & added to her team in 5 days. She is NOT a horse novice...
The kid who rode her horse across Canada found that her horse gained in both condition and good behavior in a relatively short period of time. Good horses quickly pick up on having a job to do. Day in and day out repetition helps greatly in that regard.


Former president US Grant, in his memoirs, mentioned riding an unbroken mustang fresh off the range during the Mexican American War. He said that the first few days, he had no control over where in the column he rode. But after that, the mustang was very amenable to the routine of the march.


Grant was known in civilian life as a good horse trainer.


think it was @bsms who posted that excerpt here quite some time ago.
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