Q & A
What dangers will you face?
Dangers include injuries, snake bites and bush fires. However, the most probable risk is a lack of water and grass for the horses. The route is designed to pass by a water source daily, but sometimes these sources are dry.
How will you stay safe?
I will carry a satellite personal locator (SPOT), a backpack with emergency gear, and be prepared for trekking in the back country.
Will the horses be shod?
No. My horses are barefoot, and they are more sure-footed than with shoes! I trim them regularly and can always use boots if needed.
Will you bring a dog?
No. Unfortunately I cannot bring a dog as I will be passing through private stock-holding land and national parks.
Where will you camp?
Under the stars, or in a tent if it is raining or snowing.
Will you have vehicle support?
No. Unless anyone comes to visit in a 4 wheel drive.
How will you take care of the horses?
Horse health is the number one priority. Everyday is devoted to securing them adequate feed, water, rest and medical attention. Special care is given to hoof health, muscular condition and prevention of saddle sores. We travel two days and rest for one to ensure they stay in excellent health. As soon as the horses seem ill or in danger of injury, we will spell the horses for between 2 weeks to 2 months.
What happens if a horse gets injured?
The utmost care will be given to injury prevention. However, if an injury does occur, I will apply equine first aid and contact a vet for advice or treatment if necessary. The worst case scenario is a horse breaks a leg or eats a poisonous plant in an area inaccessible to vets, which could require termination of a horse.
How will you navigate?
I will navigate using a series of guidebooks, topographical maps, and a compass.