The Horse Travel Handbook is a MUST READ for anyone even considering a long ride.
It is the only primer available that details the unique experiences of those who set out on long distance equestrian journey. I wish it had been available when I was planning my first ride years ago -- it would have saved me the frustration of sifting through bad and inadequate information. However, even for experienced long riders there is always more to learn. I took the Horse Travel Handbook with me and read it on the trail during my recent 1,100+ mile long ride. I was so pleased to discover new information within the book that I could apply to my journey. I even went back and re-read portions throughout my ride.
The Handbook is comprehensive in its
coverage of the preparation required to set out, the challenges faced once on
the trail, and even the aftermath of a long ride. It does not romanticize the
long ride or gloss over the dangers. It is honest in the reality of the long
ride. The Handbook uses real-world examples from modern and historical long
riders around the world so that we may learn from those who have gone before us.
One of the things I have always appreciated about CuChullaine O'Reilly is his unwavering ethical core when it comes to equestrian travel. The Handbook makes it clear that the horse is a priority and that the journey is more important than the destination. It does not encourage fame-seekers or hucksters. Rather, the Handbook inspires riders to have a very deep, personal experience on the trail.
The Horse Travel Handbook is the first thing that should be read by anyone planning an equestrian journey.
American Long Rider Samantha Szesciorka made multiple journeys through the deserts of Nevada.