10. Thou Shalt Read The Itinerary. The itinerary always comes with a warning that it is just a guide and may be subject to change in accordance with prevailing conditions that may affect the course of the trip. However, in this document is a myriad of important information such as the topography of the area… Read More The Ten Commandments of Surviving a Horse Riding Holiday!
The Marwari Horse is one of the oldest horse breeds in the world and its origins are believed to be that of Arab and Turkmeni ancestry. Hundreds of years of selective breeding produced a horse for the purpose of war on the desert’s barren terrain, its name literally means “from the land of death.” Trained… Read More Chandrika – Marwari Horse – Pushkar Fair Ride, Rajasthan, India – November 2010.
Pushkar Fair, the symbolic end of our horseback journey from Nawalgarh….and also the end of many endless days of travel for the traders and pilgrims who converged here. The quaint town of Pushkar comes alive during the Fair, vibrant and bustling, a hive of activity with a plethora of camels and horses, pilgrims and tourists,… Read More Pilgrims, Wanderers and Merchants : The Pushkar Fair.
“You’ve never experienced anything quite like India……..nothing can prepare you for it”, the comments that passed the lips of those I told about my new adventure to the Land of the Tiger. I shrugged, I was no novice to the travel game, having spent a year on the road followed by some amazing horse adventures… Read More A Cowgirl in India…….
The Chilean Corralero, like many South American breeds is extremely hardy. It has a low metabolism with the ability to travel for long distances with little food, a high threshold for pain, a great immunity to disease with a remarkable rate of recuperation. Their hooves are strong and the breed is extremely sure-footed, suitable for its… Read More Simsona, Crossing the Andes : Argentina to Chile, February 2010.
Traversing the steppes and prairies found in the Argentinian Patagonia isn’t a job for just any horse. It takes a breed that’s both rugged and dependable, one that has spent generations adapting to South America’s unique terrains and environments, that breed is the Criollo. The Criollo are descended from a shipment of one hundred Pure… Read More Illuminé : Crossing the Andes: Argentina to Chile, February 2010.
The Andes Mountain Range……one of the Earth’s greatest natural features. It is the longest mountain chain in the world boasting some of its highest peaks. A formidable, rugged and often desolate place, but one of extreme natural beauty, the opportunity to challenge myself to cross this undulating craggy mountain range on horse-back was an adventure… Read More Crossing the Andes, One Hoof Beat at a Time………..