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Preparing for Mexico

We are taking a few days off near Austin and getting ready for our transition into Mexico. We started planning this trip almost 4 years ago. At first I was going to take my Tacoma down to Guatemala, but then after reflection decided it would be better to have horses...

Half a year and 2242 miles later

We have just completed ½ a year on the road. We started in Rockingham Ontario, Canada 6 months ago are now in Caldwell Texas, USA. We have travelled 2242 miles averaging 12 miles per day including rest days. About 20 miles per day on the road. What a weird wonderful...

Mad Barn Supplements

I first realized I would need to supplement feeding in October, about a month into the ride. I researched the best concentrates and ended up buying msm, mag oxide and curcumin. This lasted 3 months. I wasn't sure how well it was working, so I the decided to get...

Hoof Armor

I don't know how many of you ride your horses barefoot. Since I got horses almost 4 years ago, mine have always been unshod. I invested in hoof boots to use occasionally but for the most part, I rode both of them barefoot. As the mileage went up in training pre trip...

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...