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5000 Miles of Hope Trip Sponsors

We are proud to announce our new trip sponsors. Our sponsors have products that help us with the stresses of travelling 15-30 miles a day by horse, day in day out. Easyboots by Easycare Hoof Armor Hoof Protection Mad Barn Custom Horse Supplements Eli...

Tennessee and Mississippi

We left Alvaton on December 26th and quickly entered the cold. We had just taken a week off after blazing thru Kentucky. We were waiting for packages and a sick Roxy to get better. The respiratory infection was addressed quickly and effectively with the excellent help...

Getting Roxy Tired Part II

So it's been 7 months since I wrote "Getting Roxy Tired". I wrote that post at the beginning of her transformation from wild bush beast into fine road horse. As the summer went on I tried out new saddles and rode her lots, but, rather than fighting her urge to gallop...

Kentucky Hillbillies

We started off our Kentucky adventures at the very east part of the Bluegrass State in Louisa. I had met an endurance rider online a few months previous. Amy Wallace Whelan had offered to have me at her place. You can check out Wallace Hill Farm on FB. As we were...

Eli Miller Custom Saddles

Eli Miller is a saddle maker and leather worker based out of Kentucky. He started building saddles about 40 years ago, mostly western, when he lived in western New York. After moving to Kentucky, he started repairing a lot of old Buena Vista saddles. They are an old...

Orthoflex/ Eli Miller Custom Travel Saddle

This is the story of the modifications done for my solo horse ride. I was humbly gifted a 1st Gen Orthoflex to use as a replacement for the Big Horn Endurance 120 saddle I used on the 1st 1000 miles of my solo horse ride from Canada to Guatemala. I had to do a few...

West Virginia

We entered West Virginia on Nov 9, via the rail trail from Point Marion. Before that, we got stopped in the middle of nowhere by some strange looking people in a crappy looking old T-bird. The scary looking man in the passenger seat opened his door while it was still...

From Northern to Southern Pennsylvania

We took our extra days off at the 500 mile 2 weeks ago. On Oct 23 we left from Odin in northern Pennsylvania. In the last 2 weeks we covered 205 miles in 10 days of riding. That's by far the most on the trip so far. We took our 4 days off on the 4 rain days. I plan...

Hoof care and protection- Easy Boot Gloves

Roxy has never been shod. She uses Easyboot Gloves. I love them, she loves them, it gives us the freedom for her to be barefoot every night during our 5000 mile solo horse ride fundraiser. We first got the Gloves in April to replace another brand that didn't fit...

How we travel

We do around 15 miles a day. I walk up and down steep hills. I have begun to jog and shuffle. I let roxy graze when there is nice pasture at the side of the road. I get on and off her up to at least a dozen times a day. I start anywhere from 730 to 930 in the morning....

5000 miles of hope TRIP SADDLE and BAGS

This is my trip saddle and saddle bags. Big Horn Endurance 120 Saddle Custom Snug Pax Pommel and Cantle Bags Refitted Trailblazer Cantle bags   As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had to replace my English saddle for the trip. At the time I was trying a modernized...

1 month – down the road

This is a picture of Roxy 1 hour after our 3 hardest days so far- from just north of Skaneateles to just west of Slaterville. 63 miles in 3 very hilly days. We have just completed our 30th day. We will enjoy our much needed rest tomorrow with PBR. 30 days, 22 days...

Along the east side of Lake Ontario

Here are some pics from our travels down Hwy 3 on the east side of Lake Ontario. On Sunday I left Sackets harbor and we made it to south of Mexico on Wednesday, where I'm staying with some old dog mushing friends. It was so hot out...Roxy has been a real trooper and...

From Perth to the States

We left perth on Sunday sept the 15. I stayed at my friend corals house and got to hang out with her and her partner Eric and two children for 3 days. Roxy had unlimited grass to eat, pasture that had been cut for hay 3 weeks prior. I graze hobbled roxy 3 times a day...