On March 1st, 2010, my friend Walter and I set off on an adventure with my Arabian horse, Sojourner. I rode Soj across America and Walter drove our little truck (with no trailer). The trip began in Los Angeles, California and successfully ended in Bath, New Hampshire 8 months and 14 days later. It was a 3,700 mile ride.
We rode in celebration of family and as an outreach to those dealing with divorce-related depression.
This ride tells a tale of love in many forms - through the people we meet along the way, our connection with the horse, with the land, and with each other.
As this blog goes on it gets more and more in depth with tons of photos and experiences. Snuggle in with a cup of tea and read this like a book. I have switched the blog around so it reads start to finish so you don't have to read backward (except the first entry).
Here is our story...
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So-here is the Ca route. I have the first night covered and I'm still looking for a place in Pasadena. I have a place to stay in Banning and White Water before I hit the desert and I'm going to take an extra day to go into Joshua Tree a bit and maybe stay at Ryan's campground. They allow horses. I am a little concerned about the very beginning of the ride. We are going right through the city on route 66, but I've been told it's not so bad. It's just hard to find a place for the night.
Yesterday I put all of Soj's tack on to see how it all fits. I made his bridle and halter, saddle bags, booties, and breast plate. All of those things fit nicely now (after a lot of going back and forth between him and my leather shop), but his easy boots are another issue....and his saddle. I bought a dressage saddle because it is treeless and is so incredibly light, but it slips! I have a sheepskin, super soft pad under the saddle. Maybe that is the problem. I don't ride with a very tight girth and I hate to tighten it so much just to get on him. He turns his sweet little head all the way around and looks at what I'm doing as I tighten it as if to ask why I would do such a thing to him. To tell you the truth, it doesn't even matter-the saddle slips towards me no matter how tight I make the cinch. Once I am up it's okay because my body keeps it balanced, but it's not good enough. I don't really know what to do. I kind of wish I was just taking a Mexican saddle. I'll just trouble shoot and put a different blanket underneath. I think that will probably fix it.
As for the boots, I measured his hooves and ordered what I thought would be the right East boots, but one fell off yesterday. There is a way to make them just a little bit tighter so I'll go try that and see if it helps, but they're still not as hard to get on and off as the pamphlet says they should be. AND! I bought a harmonica holder because I am going to learn harmonica as I ride and it doesn't fit the darn harmonica!! Geez Louise. So now I have to go buy a smaller harmonica, I guess...