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Planning to RTW on a horse

Just joking but it was a funny thought which came to mind
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Try a camel....

I met a young guy in Rajastan, India who was trying to trade his bicycle for a camel at the Pushkar camel fair - never saw him again!
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try a GS.... mine has 90 horses....
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ho horse

definitely! how 'green' that would be, plus you wouldnt have to stop for petrol, although regular passes through lush green meadows would be a good idea. and if you get tired/angry with it you can just shoot it and get another one (joke) i think it can be done you kno???

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life before mechanised transport

Geez , did people travel before motorbikes and cars were invented ?

Who'd a thunk it ?

Seems they are still doing it .

Simple Browser: Man Completes 10000 km Journey on Horseback

Thierry Posty - riding across New Zealand

Horse Talk -- Who would make a better long rider?

If you can keep away from the main roads and keep to good trails [ hard to do these days ] , it seems a bloody good way to travel .
[No gasoline to buy , no oil changes , and BMW and Touratech haven't entered this market yet .][ Oh No !- what have I just said ?]
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Cool idea, but a lot of folks that came across North America to the west coast in the 1800's wouldn't be too impressed by a journey of a few thousand kms by horseback.

There was even an unlucky few that wanted to chase the goldrush in Barkerville, British Columbia and bought cheap tickets from Europe to the gold fields of the Cariboo. They later found out that the tickets were cheap because they dropped them on the east coast, not the west. Undeterred, they packed up and walked the 8,000 or so km to Barkerville. I believe a couple of babies were even born en route.

Depending on your route, it could probably be fairly difficult in modern times because of all the borders and limitations on importation of live animals. Not sure if it was the Australain guy but I do remember hearing the story of one horseback traveler that refused to pay any bribes and at one border camped out for 20 days before they finally got tired of him and let him through. In retrospect he admitted that maybe it would have been a good idea to pay the bribe of a few dollars rather than win the arguement.
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I met Thierry Posty at a hostel in Rio Grande, Argentina (TDF, on the way to Ushuaia). He's been to all the continents, gone through quite a few horses along the way. Actually, he sees them as expendable as a KLR - buy one, flog it (actually, he treats his horses very well) and get rid of it before flying off to the next continent.

There's actually a global "community" of these travel-the-world-by-horse folks.
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