Second only in size to the mighty Brazilian Amazon, the Amazon Jungle covers 60% of Peru’s territory and is considered the most bio-diverse area on Earth. Home to 595 different species of bird, 1,200 types of butterfly, 2,000 species of fish, 300 reptiles and over 50,000 plants, this lush jungle paradise was calling me to… Read More Breathing with the Lungs of the World: The Amazon
“Horses are very keen on body language and what I refer to as “presence”, and expression. They know quite a bit about you before you ever get to ‘em. They can read things about you clear across an arena.” Buck Brannaman. Descended from the horses of the Conquistadors, the Peruvian Paso is “hot-blooded” possessing the… Read More Cruz de Jaime…..My Paso Llano Dance Partner!
Nestled deep in the Peruvian Andes against a back-drop of snow capped peaks, flowering meadows, deep crystalline lakes and abundant forests lays the enigmatic Sacred Valley, a place stepped in ethereal natural beauty and cradle of the once glorious and illustrious Inca Empire. This narrow strip of land running from the old imperial capital of… Read More Dancing the Paso Llano in The Sacred Valley………..
“You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That’s what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder… ‘What can heaven offer any better then what I have here on earth?’ “ ~ Monica Dickens The Anglo-Arab is a Thoroughbred/Arabian cross… Read More Tasman : My Wild Coast Dream Companion!
“You have to understand, there is a romance to Africa. You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the hand of God. You watch the slow lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the… Read More Galloping Along South Africa’s Wild Coast…….
The horses I rode at the Williams Family Ranch were all predominately American Quarter Horses or cross breeds of the AQH. During the Westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century, pioneers needed hardy, tough and willing horses and began crossing breeds of wild mustangs and Spanish stock from the Conqistadors with the… Read More A Ranch Horses Life…….
My all time favourite movie is “The Horse Whisperer”, for me it’s the epitome of cowboy life……remote but dramatically beautiful and serene, a life filled with horses as trusted companions, a life lived surrounded by the wonders and visions of nature, but a life also at the mercy of her vengeful wrath. Of course, Hollywood… Read More Cowboy Living on a Working Ranch in Arizona……..
It would’ve been a complete travesty to go to Ecuador and not visit the Galapagos Islands……so after spending 7 days in the saddle exploring the Volcanoes and majestic peaks of the Andes and 3 days hiking in the enchanted wonderland of the Cloud Forest, it was time to put my sea legs on and cruise… Read More Cruising The Galapagos……
Cloud Forest…………..the name conjured up images of a mystical, magical land filled with fantasy and bewitching allurement, shrouded in a spellbinding mix of cloud and mist, myth and folklore……..and I certainly was not disappointed, for Ecuador’s Cloud Forests are indeed akin to a dream. Constantly immersed in a layer of clouds, Ecuador’s montane rainforests… Read More Hiking with my head in the clouds!
Studies have shown that altitude affects horses much as it does us humans………the low oxygen availability makes work more difficult, acidity of the blood decreases and pressures within the pulmonary vessels increases. In people we know that Altitude Sickness culminates in a plethoria of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, general malaise…..do horses also get Altitude… Read More High Altitude Horses of Ecuador!