Why worry about Weight


You may be wondering why I’m worried about weight. Weight will make or break a trip. Horses can carry 20% of their weight. So basically a 1000 lb horse should carry at max 200 lb. So if you have a saddle that weighs 30 lb, camping gear that weighs 20 lbs, you should not weigh more then 150 lbs. This doesn’t even include water, horse feed and your food. That is why most travelers use a pack animal, or travel no more then 10 to 15 miles a day. If you want to travel 20 to 25 miles a day again use of a pack horse would be required. A pack horse can carry no more then 100 lbs because dead weight is harder to balance and carry. So if you are horse traveling weight is extremely important.

Now I plan on using wagon so my weight can be more. A horse can pull its own weight easily all day everyday with two rest days out of seven. Or a horse can pull three times its weight for a day or two but then must rest for the same amount of time or you’ll exhaust him. Since I’m planning on a very long trip I must keep the weight of my fully loaded wagon around the weight of my horse. The average weight of my horses is 1100 lbs. So I’m looking to buy/ build a wagon that at max weight weighs in at 800 lbs. Preferably lighter. My plan is to carry 30 gallons of water which will weigh 240lb, 200 lbs of grain, so that by itself is 440 lbs. So if the wagon weight 800lbs then I’m already up to 1240 lb. I’m figuring that my camp gear, horse necessaries, and wagon tools will weight in at about 130 lbs. My clothes, food, maps and first aid kit another 30 lbs. So now my wagon fully loaded weighs 1400 lbs. Of course if I can find a lighter wagon this will go down. Plus the water and horse feed won’t always be fully topped off so that will lighten it some to.

But when planning a trip like this always plan for the heaviest amount. But this is why I’m stressing weight. All this is estimated right now but once I have my wagon then I’ll know if I have to cut corners some how to lighten the weight. I also plan on my wagon being versatile in that it can be pull by one horse or a team. I planning on teaming my boys if I hit a steep hill or when I’m fully loaded. So that will help also. Remember please all this information is gathered through research and study. I have not done a trip yet so have no first hand experience. But all the autobiographies I’ve read stresses weight must be kept down.

No hoof No horse



One of my biggest concerns is that old saying, No Hoof No Horse. I’ve been studying on the problem. My choices are horse shoes, horse boots, glue on shoes or barefoot or a combination of two. Horse shoes, my horses have never wore them. I don’t plan on putting horse shoes on them so that option is tabled. Next option is horse boots been looking into that and have narrowed it to Old Macs easy boots or Cavallo boots.received_10211856473661974

I’ve reviewed both and am still undecided. Same with glue on shoes. Barefoot is to me the best way for my horses. Will have to move real slow till their feet toughen up and keep a close eye on them. If necessary I can then make a decision about the horse boots. I am also looking in to something call Hoof Armor but haven’t received any answer back from my email I sent to them. I will try again as it sounds  promising.




Ways to help in your neighborhood


Our mission is to raise awareness of how many children and elderly going hungry in America today and how to help.  America the land of plenty has 16 million hungry children. So we decided to do something to help by what?   So we tried to figure out what we could do to help. We decided that raising awareness of the hopeless hunger in our most at risk Americans would help.

Food insecurity is harmful to all people, but it is particularly devastating to children. Proper nutrition is critical to a child’s development. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. FB_IMG_1512774060950

In the United States today, nearly 16 million children face hunger. Consequently, one in five kids are facing greater obstacles to reaching their fullest potential. The future of America lies in our children. When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well.

We will be stopping along the way to talk to people about the at risk people going hungry on American soil. We will be talking about ways to help American children and elderly.

1. What can local people of the community do to help.
A. Every time you go to the store to buy groceries buy a little extra and give it to someone in your neighborhood who needs it.
B. Find out what children are going hungry in your neighborhood. I’ll bet that most of your children know who doesn’t get to eat. Send a extra lunch to school with your child if he or she knows of a child going hungry. That lunch might let a child go to bed without being hungry.
C. If you know of someone elderly on a fixed income fix up a box of food and drop it off.  A jar of peanut butter  and a loaf of bread will help.  Or a couple cans of soup.
2. Why should you help.
A. The child you help feed today might be the one to save your child’s life tomorrow.

B. The children are your neighbors, what will you be teaching your children if you don’t help.

3. Don’t look the other way and expect someone else to help. Set an example to your family and your neighbors. It doesn’t cost much to help a little and if everyone helps a little maybe Children and Elderly going hungry in America will stop.


It’s not the government’s job to help, it’s ours the people who live beside our at risk neighbors. Please don’t ignore the problem and say it’s not my problem. Because it is our problem.

When you feed others you are feeding Christ.

1. Matthew 25:34-40 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, my Father has blessed you! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat.I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me into your home. I needed clothes, and you gave me something to wear. I was sick, and you took care of me.


Keeping my boys safe.


There are several ways to secure my horses at camp, my first choice would be grazing in someone’s beautiful fenced in pasture but I think that will be rare. So my second choice is the Gallenger electric fence setFB_IMG_1512961661041. Third choice is tethering and fourth is high lining. But in case I can’t pasture or put up a electric fence I’m going to buy hobbles and tether ropes for all of them. Plus carry high line kit. Hopefully I can use the tether ropes as high line ropes. To cut down on the weight I must carry with me. I will be working intensely with my boys making sure that they understand the ropes and tethering process as well as high lining and electric fencing.


Poem If by Rudyard Kipling’s

One of my favorites

Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!

Researching camp gear


ec6a2dd122ad964e93f01fcea242affdI wish you could see me as I search for just the right gear. I need tough but light weight gear. So imagine me sitting and researching my bedroll. First I went to the hiking sites and read as which sleeping bags are the best and bookmarking them. Then I read up on what I could find that the other equine travelers used and finding those or as close as I could find to them and bookmarking them by this time I had about two pages of bookmarks. For a bedroll. That was my original sort. Then I started studying reviews and pricing. Deleting and selecting the ones to make to my next choices. Over and over I did this finally I’m down to three. I kid you not it took me three days to choose those three. Then I read another autobiography and threw them all out and chose to make my own bedroll. Why did I decide after all the research to throw it out? Because if I have to leave my wagon I’ll need something that can be used as a bivy tent, a ground cloth, waterproofing, and a cover for my saddles all in one. In short a Cowboy Bedroll.

This was the pattern I used for all of my gear. No not the throwing out after researching the items but the research it self. I would keep studying on one item type till I narrowed it down to just one. In some cases I’m still undecided and in some I decided on both of the last two if they don’t weigh much or cost greatly. I’ll find out which is best on the trail and mail the other one home or give it away to someone who needs it. There will be a list of the items I’ve decided on during the last week before I move out. And more once I know if they work out.

Dare to Dream


I know this poem has nothing on the surface to do with my Childhood Hunger Awareness Trek but it does. It dares you to dream. Children who are hungry don’t believe in dreams.

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare sieze the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art.
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?



The Harnesses


The Harnesses of course are another decision. What type and material of harnesses to be exact. I’ve only drove my pony in a leather gig breast collar type. So once again back to studying. I have decided on biothane for material of the harnesses. Now for the style of harnesses, there are three styles I’m looking at. The work harnesses with collars or the new style euro brollar harnesses and a good sturdy breast collar. Haven’t decided yet. So anyone out there who knows harnesses and and what’s your opinion on the breast collar imageswork collarlux_1_carriage_driving_harness_01, or brollar 18b02db0otherwise known as the euro collar?  My wagon fully loaded will probably weigh in at a 1000lb. Also with the breast collar I really only need one harness I can adjust it to fit each horse and just change the pads. With the work collar I would need three collars cause I’m pretty sure that you aren’t supposed to share work collars and probably have three different sized necks the same with the brollar collar.  Please comment and let me know what you think.




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16 million households in America with children face hunger. It’s a sad fact that in America the land of plenty our children face hunger and don’t know if they’ll eat tomorrow.FB_IMG_1501382607610

I researched and read up on light weight camping/ hiking gear. Stove, pot, bed roll,  all add weight. Since I’m going in a wagon I don’t have to be quit so sensitive about it but still need to be careful.  I’m still going to try to keep the weight down so I’m going to buy a set that can nestle inside each other. I decided on the Ohuohu camp stove mainly due to the reviews from Rei. The  Msr Alpine pot mainly because Ohuhu stove fits inside it so well it’s like it must have been specifically made for it. The whole thing fits like a glove inside the mesh bag that comes with this stove.


As back up and when I need to heat water I decided on the Kelly stove.  The two stoves and pot together weigh in at 3lb appx. Silverware will be a spoon and fork. My bed roll, I have decided on a Teton extra large -30 sleeping bag and will have a waterproof cover made for it. Even though I plan on sleeping on the wagon there is always the chance something will leak. And during the winter I do not want to be sleeping wet. Again lot of research and reading hiking reviews of gear went into this decision.

During the summer I’ll probably just use my light weight wool blankets with sleeping bag liner. Won’t need the -30 sleeping bag for summer. So I’ll be leaving it in my winter supply drop where all my winter gear will be stored and after I pick up my winter gear I’ll leave my summer gear behind to be mailed on to my summer supply drops.

Other camp necessaries I will be carrying is an axe, small sledge hammer, shovel, and chisel. Also will be carrying a tire changing kit, a first aid kit, and a wagon repair kit.s-l500

For my horses I’ll be carrying a farrier kit ie hoof nippers, rasp, durasole, and hoof knife. I will have a horse rain sheet for all the horses. I will also carry a mane brush and a grooming stone.