So we were sitting around the other night, watching old Michael Jackson performances (that’s normal, right?), and I remembered hearing The Civil Wars cover Billie Jean. It’s worth watching- these two are awesome. And the male singer (John Paul) looks like Johnny Depp. Please Share.
I got a new toy- a GoPro camera- and decided to film our ride last Saturday. We went 6 miles to the bar, had a burger, and went 6 miles back. My pony was game, but lathered up by the time we tied up at the bar.
The editing is pretty lousy- I’m a newbie, I’ll get better. Anyway, please check it out and share it with anyone who likes horses or burgers or mountains or cameras. Thanks.
I recently finished Forty Million Hoofbeats by Frank Heath, in which the author recounts his successful trip through all 48 states (this was in 1925-27) on one horse in only two years. Before reading Mr. Heath’s book, I thought I knew quite a bit about riding- apparently I’m not the horseman I hoped.
Mr. Heath was a World War veteran who took on the challenging ride “to improve his health” as well as to prove what a good horse was truly capable of. He did both, and in the process he met thousands of folks. Many people opened their homes to him, provided shelter and feed for his horse, and took a keen interest in his success. It was nice to read about people helping others- something we all know, but rarely see on the news or the internet.
This book took me quite a while to read because it’s written in snippets and clips, journal entries and notes. It’s not a flowing story, it’s a travel log. Heath took incredible notes throughout his journey, and the total amount of data is intimidating. Still, it’s worth reading.
Mr. Heath was a sort of equine expert who explained his horse’s “way of going” as well as any horseshoeing tutorial I’ve seen in print, though not aided by pictures like many manuals out now. It was not hard, though, to imagine the horse’s hoof as he wrote, and I think I learned a few little tricks to put in my farrier’s apron. Hopefully I won’t need them.
I passed this book along to my good friend, and I wonder if I’ll get it back anytime soon. He’s a horseshoeing nut, and the book is littered with stuff that he’ll read, think on, and re-read.
If you’ve got a lot of time to read, please pick up Forty Million Hoofbeats. You’ll be glad you did.