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...
What a beautiful morning it is here in Kentucky. We are in the Bittle's house having a cup of coffee with fresh whipped up cream on top. We just finished some egg whites mixed with tomato, spinach, and cheese. All of the doors, there are birds singing, and the breeze is summery and a little cool.
I can see down the hill by the barn where Judy has Sojourner out. She has him on a lead rope and is brushing his tail. She said she wanted to give him a betadine bath this morning and it looks as if she's already finished washing him before I've even finished my coffee!
Judy is as fit as a fiddle and as loving as a dove. Soj is going to be all nice and clean now, he's got a clean bill of health and the green light to keep on a movin, his hooves are rounded off and feeling good, he's let out plenty of good bucks while he's been resting here, he's back on his iron supplement, and he's even got some new dancin' shoes coming soon! We are going to try out the Easyboot Gloves. Some of you endurance riders may have heard of these shoes (they're all the rave right now!!)
I'll be sure to let you know what I think of these boots and of course I'll give you Soj's opinion, too. I don't think we'll have them for a couple of weeks because I have to measure his hooves after they've been trimmed. We rounded Soj's hooves off here, but he still needs a little trim and he won't have that for another 2 weeks or so.
We all feel so good. It's supposed to be a bit hot today but the air this morning would lead one to believe otherwise. Fall is definitely coming soon and so these hot days are much more bearable. We sure do love Kentucky.
I should go down and help Judy now! More soon!