“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
We are Sam and Tim and we have had a dream since 2006 to become real adventurers by horse riding across Outer Mongolia. Our last adventure took us overland (using trains, cars & buses) from Europe to the Indian Ocean and it was at the end of this adventure, in a bar in Goa, we came up with the idea for this trip.
A number of people, when told about what we are planning say “I’d love to do that!” When asked if they ride they answer “No.” We would never recommend a trip like this to anyone who does not have or is not willing to get horse riding, training and care experience. It is not fair to you and certainly not to the horses to attempt a journey like this without prior knowledge.
In addition to many years horse riding experience around the world; in preparation for this trip we spent a year studying horses in Australia, including time under a trainer of problem horses in NSW, we studied advanced flat work techniques at the school of the pioneer of the Ride With Your Mind technique in the UK, Mary Wanless, and my husband spent a year & a half under the close tutelage of Intelligent Horsemanship recommended associates, Adam Goodfellow and Nicole Golding who studied horsemanship with Monty Roberts.
To add to our horsemanship credentials we are both experienced mountaineers and wilderness travellers. Sam is an expedition medic. We have both spent 2.5 years practising Krav Maga in case we need to defend ourselves. Previous long distance equestrian travelling experience took place when we travelled to Outer Mongolia in 2006 where we rode around Khovsgol Nurr. Approx 400 miles.