People who have traveled long-term on horseback? (CA, AZ, CO?)
I very vaguely remember reading a few years back about a man who took a few months or maybe longer on his horse riding around the Western states...having a hard time googling this since I remember so few details like start/end place, purpose, etc. I think he had two with him actually...one riding, one pack maybe?
I am looking at taking a few months off in between jobs, probably in a couple of years. One thing that has always been a dream is to see parts of the West on horseback. I like ring riding just fine and that is what I'm doing now, but love trail riding, particularly in the desert out west. For me, this is a total pipe dream now since I don't have a horse at the moment and I imagine it's impossible to find someone to lease for this type of use.
But I'd still be interested in hearing any stories from people who have done this or remember the news story I'm talking about. I know many people who have done multi-week and even multi-month trips on bikes (and there are books about how to do it, route planning, etc.) but this is obviously MUCH easier from a logistical standpoint. I can imagine all the complications involved in doing this with a horse, but...still can't get the idea out of my head. You only live once, right?
Thoughts/stories? Honestly I'm so far from doing this myself at the moment I'd just love to hear other peoples' stories and live vicariously right now.
Not sure if it is the same one you are thinking of, but the guide that we had on our trail ride in New Mexico last month rode his horse from Michigan to Santa Fe in 2008/9. It was approximately 2000 miles and took him about six months. His name is John Wayne Haynes and he is absolutely fascinating! He had a three year old horse that he rode and an older (20+) year old blind pack horse. Also had a four year old dog and wound up picking up a puppy along the way. He said that he averaged about 20 miles a day, and would ride 5 or 6 days and then take a couple days off for the horses to rest. He now is a guide at Broken Saddle Riding Company just outside of Santa Fe.
I haven't talked to him in a few years, but he's very approachable (has now morphed into a NARHA Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor) and would probably love to talk to you about fulfilling a lifelong dream.
He is responsive via email but is incredibly active, so you might want to try to contact him via DreamPower Horsemanship if he doesn't respond to direct emails.
These are inspiring! I'm really looking forward to reading through a few of these websites when I have some downtime... gotta run to work, more to come later, just wanted to say thanks for the replies and encouragement so far!