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October 07, 2007



Glad the ideas helped and so pleased you have found someone to assist with construction. Good luck!


Oh, how I envy you! Is that one ride or two that you'll be on for that long?

As for the competitor's comments, I'd like to think that they are legit but from people who don't know any better. When we were going to Mexico, my daughter wanted to go on a trail ride. I was afraid we'd find horses in terrible condition, and all the testimonials I found on the Internet sounded like they were written by people who had never seen a horse before (though they claimed otherwise). It wasn't much of a ride, but the horses were in reasonable condition except for some sores and insects. I can't believe I just said that. It's hard to be judgmental when the people are so poor. Anyway, maybe your competitor's clients aren't the kind you want. Forget all this. I'm sure you were right the first time.

I Gallop On

I've heard of authors writing made-up reviews of their own books on amazon.com. So, I wouldn't be surprised. It might be a big temptation, but I'm afraid that eventually they'd get found out and that's the sort of thing that doesn't make one look too good.

The country you are going to ride in must be beautiful. And to think of all that history. I used to ride my mare to the Rio Grande when I lived in the Pojoaque Valley north of Santa Fe. I would sit on my Andalusian horse, watch the brown river of the Rio Grande slip by, and imagine the conquistadores. Some places more than others seem to be filled with those ghosts of the past.



Anne, you're right, there are people who don't know any better. In some surprising places too. One of my agents has just written to tell me that corn isn't a suitable feed for trail riding horses, and that I ought to feed each horse "6-12kg of oats a day", because allegedly one of her other suppliers does likewise. That's 14-28lbs of oats daily for each horse. Otherwise they won't go fast enough for her clients, urban non-horse owners and bad riders who hang on the reins, then swill beer all evening. Is she crazy, or just bad at maths? I'm still incensed about that mail. As for insects, stings and bites on the horses at night can be a real nuisance. A bite on the saddle area can lead to a blanket with a hole cut in it being used. Otherwise a sore is likely.

Kimberly, I think that they will be found out. However there are a lot of gullible clients to take cash from until that happens.

I've just had an amazing five days riding with Tim Cope, who has just spent three years riding from Mongolia to Hungary following the route of the Mongol horsemen. This past week riding has been a remarkable, enlightening experience. I shall post about this over the weekend. I'm thrilled by these experiences, and look forward to sharing over the days ahead.

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