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OK, so here's my first post on this forum. I'm a 38 yr. old man, 2nd wife, and currently without horses.
I previously had horses, but due to nasty divorce, I sold the 2 best trail horses known to man. :cry:

Last night, my wife asked me this question - "if you had $100,000 and a month of vacation, what would you do?"

Without hesitating, I told her I'd get on a horse with whatever I could carry and ride west for 2 weeks, turn around and ride back home.

Since I was a young kid of 14, I've wanted to jump on a horse and just ride. I don't have a destination in mind. I really don't even care which direction I go. I feel like I was born about 150 years late!! I want to be a drifter, with just enough money to keep me and my horse healthy, a pistol belt full of ammo and clothes to keep me warm!

I'm 38 years old now - I've got a few years until I retire with a good pension and hopefully I'll still be in good health. My retirement plan involves a comfortable saddle, good horse, and an accurate rifle! I plan on taking off on a cross country trip of the good ole USA.

I'd just like to know how many of you out there think I'm crazy? Who has the same dream? How many of you would let me camp on your land as I pass through?

Happy new year everyone - may your trails be as gentle as the horse you ride!
 

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I don't think you are crazy, heck if you come my way I might join you for a bit! It is always good to have a dream and even better to have the drive to follow that dream! I wish you good luck and happy trails!
 

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I've always wanted to ride coast to coast. I want to get me a little hardy Arabian or Barb or something and go for it.
 

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I think distance riding has always been my passion. Since I was a teenager with horses at my grandpa's farm, the nearest cowboys were 10 miles away, so it was nothing to find me miles upon miles from home, seeking out new riding partners on my handy little unexhaustable 14hh Arabian mare.

I've always thought about riding from coast to coast across Canada, hopefully for a worthy cause I believe in to raise money. I don't know if it will ever happen, but I tip my hat to anyone with the guts and determination to try it!
 

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I would ride with you. I'll take one of my walkers and have a good time of it. It sounds lile a wonderful time, and I would love to do something like that one day. It would be really cool to have a long ride like that for a cause.
 

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Me thinks we need to gather a group, and just all head across America. Someones done this already (guy from Best of America by Horseback), took him four months 8| They had over 200 riders I think?

I'd do it in a heartbeat!
 

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Well, I'm sure glad I'm not the only one to have this desire. It would be great to get a big group together and ride across the country. Heck, why not drive a few cattle and horses too!!
 

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Road Warrior, you're welcome to camp at my place when you get to Maine. That is if you were planning to go to Maine.

I think it would be a hoot if HF members rode with you in their state. I would definitely love to do that and gather my club members to join the journey!

Good luck to you and keep us posted on the developments of your plan!

PS: I think most horse people are a little crazy each in their own way. Who would spend the money we do and work as hard as we do? But it's a good crazy! :wink:
 

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Thanks to everyone who has responded here. It sure is fun to dream about things such as this! Life would be really sad if we didn't have anything to dream about.
 

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I would be hard going through highways and such, but hey, if you ever pass by CA on your way, I'll go for a while,too! We should have a rally on here and get people to do it! Seriously!
 

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I would seriously consider it. :) Hmmm, but I'm curious about cost and such. Anyone got any ideas about how feed and such would be taken care of?
 

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I would love to be able to do something like that...Your not crazy at all. :wink: I have always wanted to do a cattle drive..... :D
 

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Road Warrior.
As a person who has done some packing in the Sierra's I have to say...your not crazy at all for wanting to go for it.
There is just nothing like being way out in the back country where there is no noise other than you your horse and the wilderness...
I think it is a wonderful idea, and truly hope you will fulfill your dream!
I've always wondered what it would be like to just kinda live off the land and drift....where there is no modernalities....
If I hear your passing through the sierra's....I will join up! :)
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Two weeks is just not near long enough! Six months....that would be great!
Fishing, hunting and enjoying the back country!
 

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You aren't crazy at all! I heard of one guy who rode and ponyied a second horse. I think he was doing it for a charity, he raised money to donate once his expenses were taken care of. I think he rode to the capital buildings of cities he went through to prove a point. I don't remember now. Anyway, maybe if you do it for a charity it would help with expenses. He had a website and someone would put up his whereabouts almost daily. Fairgrounds are a cheap place to spend the night and of course there are books on places to stay with your horse while going across country. I would wonder about how to plot out the trail so you don't have to cross highways, I would think that would be the tough part. No books on that.
 

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You need to check out the Long Riders Guild The Long Riders' Guild There are some great stories and its a good place to start your journey.
I did watch an episode of Rick Lambs Horse Show on RFDTV. Its been a few years ago, but the fellow said one of the hardest things was finding water. You can't just cut someones fence to get to a pond or lake :lol:
That's always been one of my problems, too many fences. You would have to do the "blue highways" route.

Check th "missing in action" section on that web site too, kinda scary
 
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