Now that it's the new year and I have almost got enough savings together to ride in the mountains for 5 or 6 months, I have shifted my focus from saving every penny and onto planning. I want to make sure the horses are in great condition and that I've made any necessary gear updates, such as replacing my old tent and getting a new pack saddle pad for Takoda.
I know I've been quite vague about what exactly I'm doing in 2018 and that's because I like to keep myself uncommitted to a route until I know what the snow pack will likely be and how that will impact trail conditions. I think it's necessary to always be willing to say "now isn't the right time" whether it's for an entire trail or just one small section. It's so important to remain flexible and cognizant of the hurdles mother nature can throw at you. We ask so much of our horses every day, so at the least we owe it to them to prioritize their safety. It can be hard to set aside your own plans and expectations of what a long ride should be. It's easy to romanticize a ride across the country, but the best thing you can do is rein in your own ego and always put the well being of your horses first, whether that means altering your planned ride or even postponing it or walking away entirely. So bear with me while I continue to wait to see what will be possible in 2018, but at this point it's looking like it could be a very big year for us.... #adventureawaits #sheexplores #journey
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