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Horse Packing and Travel

In an effort to further its educational mission, Horse Travel Books is attempting to republish the most important titles ever written relating to equestrian travel, classic equitation, and horse packing. Often this involves locating rare volumes which can only be purchased at great expense. The information lodged in these books is however too valuable to be neglected.

ISBN 159048052X

The Art of Travel, Francis Galton - Originally published in 1855, this book was written after Francis Galton returned from a historic journey into the African interior where he suffered much hardship and danger. After his return to England the famed explorer determined to teach travelers and soldiers the art of self-sufficiency in the field. His literary effort, “The Art of Travel,” became an instant classic and was used by a host of now-famous explorers, including Sir Richard Francis Burton of Mecca fame.
The volume covers a diverse variety of subjects, some expected, as well as a few which are now of great historical interest. Readers will discover how to ride horses, handle elephants, and avoid cobras. Also included are sections on how to pull teeth, find water in a desert, and construct a sleeping bag out of fur. However “The Art of Travel” also includes detailed information not only on how to organize an African safari but how to discipline the irascible wives of the porters as well!
Amply illustrated with dozens of nineteenth century drawings, this rediscovered classic remains fascinating reading for students of the horse or history.  Go to Amazon.co.uk or Barnes & Noble

ISBN 1590481720







The Cavalry Horse and his Pack, Lieut. Jonathan Boniface - This is quite simply the most important book ever written in the English language by a military man on the subject of equestrian travel.

It was designed to be used by the United States cavalry. Yet it differs from traditional army manuals in that instead of emphasizing mounted maneuvering, it concentrates on the preparation and practice of journeying on horseback. If you want to learn how cavalry men charged into battle waving sabers, this isn’t the book for you. If you want to learn how to properly pack and ride a horse over extremely long distances, then you are holding the cavalry man’s sacred text in your hands.

The author, Lieutenant Jonathan Boniface, traveled from Asia to Europe in search of the most valuable equestrian travel knowledge. He lists seventy-eight primary sources, including the finest equestrian scholars of the time, from a variety of countries. Boniface takes the reader through the step by step process of finding the best riding horse, proper saddling, rules for daily travel, care of the horse, and possible dangers. He also devotes a section of the book to working and traveling with pack horses and mules. At more than five hundred pages, the book represents the largest international study of its kind. Plus, the text is packed with nearly two hundred excellent photographs and diagrams. It is a superb literary achievement !

At the dawn of the 20th century experts were busy predicting the imminent demise of the horse. Mankind’s most historically influential comrade would make way for the automobile, cynics said.  Yet the young author of this remarkable volume disagreed with the critics.

No machine of steam and steel, of cog or cam, no vapor-fed motor, no craft propelled by batteries or boilers would ever successfully displace the horse from our on-going needs, advised Boniface.

Part text book, part history book and all inspiration, “The Cavalry Horse and his Pack” is the lasting tribute to the great horseman and talented writer who foresaw the day when horse travel would once again flourish and a book such as this one would be cherished by unforeseen generations of Long Riders, cavalry students and horse lovers.

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ISBN 159048049X 

Horse Packing, Charles Johnson Post - Unlike the majority of authors who had written on the subject, Post was not only a former military man, he had also made a record-breaking equestrian trip through the rugged Andes mountains of South America. Originally published in 1914, “Horse Packing” was an instant success, incorporating as it did not only the very essence of the science of packing horses and mules, but giving Post’s own valuable insights into what had personally worked for him out on the trail.
The book is amply illustrated with a multitude of drawings showing how to secure loads, tie an assortment of various rope hitches, and even choose the proper pack animal. This rediscovered classic remains fascinating reading for students of the horse or history.   Go to Amazon.co.uk or Barnes & Noble








The Horse Travel Journal, Edited byCuChullaine O'Reilly - The critical need for a standardized Horse Travel Journal was recognized by the Founding Members of The Long Riders’ Guild in the year 2000, during their first international meeting of equestrian explorers. All of these mounted travellers shared stories about their assorted unsuccessful efforts to maintain a written record of their equestrian adventures. Though various literary avenues had been tried, no one had devised a book specifically designed to record the equestrian occurrences encountered during these long and often perilous journeys.

Thus was born the need and desire to publish a book intended to register the most important comments and observations of the world’s Long Riders.  It has been designed to fit into a standard saddle bag. Every daily diary entry in The Horse Travel Journal allows the Long Rider to make concise notes on the specifics of that day’s journey, the condition of the horses, problems encountered, etc. Additional pages are provided for personal recollections about daily events.

In addition, at the rear of the book, The Horse Travel Journal contains the world’s first Long Rider Pictionary. In their initial meeting it was discovered that despite the fact that many of the Long Rides were fluent in several foreign languages, normal linguistic training did not include the necessary equestrian terms often encountered during the course of such a journey. How does one say “have you seen my stallion” in Mongolian at midnight, for example? Now, with the aid of the Long Rider Pictionary, the equestrian traveller can point to the object in question in his or her search for local linguistic assistance.

Finally, when completed these Journals will contain equestrian travel information of immense historical and geographical importance. To ensure ownership of the Journal, information is provided whereby it may be returned to the equestrian explorer, via The Long Riders’ Guild, in case the Journal is lost or stolen. No book is a substitute for experience. But this one is designed to record the activities of the world’s Long Riders at the dawn of the 21st century. Please go to Barnes & Noble or Amazon.co.uk

ISBN 1590482379  




The Wagon Travel Handbook, David Renwick Grant - Until the dawning of the 20th century wagons of all sorts, shapes and sizes were mankind’s main mode of travel. From donkey dray to ducal carriage, prairie schooner to farm cart, wagons assisted mankind with his labour or liberated him to explore the world. Sadly one of the victims of the internal combustion engine was the ancient art of wagon travel.

Even in this day of GPS satellites and computerised cars, there are those who aspire instead to see the world glide by no faster than the trot of their gently pacing horse-drawn wagon.  Yet had you longed to learn how to undertake a wagon journey, who could have taught you the everyday skills needed to travel across a host of countries and climates? You would have sought in vain for a guide to this lost knowledge - until now.

This is the finest book ever penned about modern wagon travel, a volume which embodies a wealth of hard-earned experience and lore gained by David Grant. He is the legendary Scottish wagon-master who journeyed around the world with his family in a horse-drawn wagon, thereby gaining entry into The Guinness Book of World Records.

Grant has filled The Wagon Travel Handbook with all the practical information a first time-wagon traveller will need before setting out, including sections on interior and exterior wagon design, choice of draught animals, veterinary requirements and frontier formalities. Also included are valuable personal accounts gleaned from other modern wagon masters interviewed for this book, including the young couple travelling from Pennsylvania to Patagonia and the family who has spent the last five years slowly discovering the beauties of Europe. Their collective problems, and inventive solutions, are presented in this amply illustrated volume, as is the remarkable story of the most famous wagon traveller of the 19th century.

If you have ever yearned to set off on the journey of a lifetime aboard a horse-drawn wagon, then this is the book that will turn that dream into a reality. Or perhaps you’re an armchair traveller who merely wishes to enjoy a vicarious read and ride? Either way, this book will delight and inform your voyage of discovery.  For more information, please go to Amazon.co.uk or Barnes & Noble.

ISBN 1590480465

Horses, Saddles and Bridles, General William Carter - General William Harding Carter served with the United States Sixth Calvary and was considered one of that country’s foremost experts on both the horse and his equipment. This volume covers a wide range of topics including basic training of the horse, care of its equipment, managing a stable, and riding methods.

Additionally, “Horses, Saddles and Bridles” provides a fascinating look back into equestrian travel history. Carter provides case studies of various cavalry campaigns, detailing for example how Napoleon lost more than 186,000 horses in his ill-fated Russian campaign!

Amply illustrated, this rediscovered classic remains fascinating reading for students of the horse or history.

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ISBN 1590480457

The Manual of Pack Transportation, H. W. Daly - Henry W. Daly was the last of the old-time packers who learned their trade under the tough tutelage of General George Crook. Though he later rose to the rank of Chief Pack Master of the U.S. Army, Daly became a packer in the late nineteenth century while helping Crook chase the Apache leader Geronimo across that blazing wilderness known as the Arizona Territory.
In later years Daly made an effort to record all the knowledge he had gained from his decades of field experience. The resultant book “The Manual of Pack Transportation” is his masterpiece. It contains a wealth of information on various pack saddles, ropes and equipment, how to secure every type of load imaginable, instructions on how to organize a pack train, and the duties of various individuals including the chief packer, blacksmith, cook, etc.
More than a reference book, “The Manual of Pack Transportation” is also a hands-on time capsule capable of carrying the reader back to the days when equestrian travel was king. It is amply illustrated with both photographs and drawings.   Go to Amazon.co.uk or Barnes & Noble.

ISBN 1590480635

The Prairie Traveler, Randolph Marcy - There were a lot of things you packed into your saddlebags or the wagon before setting off to cross the North American wilderness in the 1850s. A gun and an axe were obvious necessities. Yet many pioneers were just as adamant about placing a copy of Captain Randolph Marcy's “The Prairie Traveler” close at hand. Next to the family Bible, it was considered an absolute necessity for anyone planning to venture through the hazards of trans-continental travel.
Though Marcy eventually became a brigadier general in the United States army, he made his reputation as one of America’s early experts on frontier travel after tracing the Red River to its source. Soldier, trailblazer and mapmaker, Marcy conducted five major expeditions across the wilderness that was once the American West, then submitted a series of reports to the War Office describing the country, its vast resources, and the hazards involved in crossing it. It was from these original reports that the legendary frontiersman drew when he wrote what was to become an encyclopedic work on frontier life.
Packed with practical advice for travelers heading West, “The Prairie Traveler” issues advice on such diverse subjects as how to organize a wagon train, march with loose horses, choose proper pack saddles, ford rivers, administer rudimentary first aid, or avoid Indian attack. In addition he dispensed detailed notes on thirty-four of the most important overland trails used by American pioneers. Legendary English explorer, Sir Richard Francis Burton, was one of the many explorers to use this famous travel book when he traveled from Texas to Utah in the late 1850s.
Amply illustrated with pen and ink drawings of the time, this rediscovered classic remains fascinating reading for students of the horse or history.  Go to Amazon.co.uk or Barnes & Noble.


ISBN 1590481372

Reisen mit dem Pferd, Otto Schwarz - The story of Otto Schwarz reads like a mounted Odyssey. As the clouds of the Second World War gathered over his native Switzerland, young Otto Schwarz was competing at Olympic level in dressage. Forced by circumstances to don the uniform of a Swiss cavalry officer, Otto patrolled the French-Swiss border on horseback for nearly five years. Those mounted adventures gave the dashing Captain Schwarz a taste for horse travel which redirected his equestrian life.
Over the course of the next sixty years, Otto Schwarz went on to journey 48,000 kilometres (30,000 miles) on horseback across five continents, making him the most well-travelled Long Rider of the 20th century. The man literally rode in a host of places including Japan, Europe, Africa and North & South America.
The amazing story of Otto's many equestrian adventures is available for the first time in more than twenty years in this re-issued version of his classic book, "Reisen mit dem Pferd." In addition, the famous Long Rider offers his readers a detailed supplement on how to prepare and undertake an extended equestrian journey.
This important book, (written in German), belongs on the bookshelf of every student of equestrian travel.  Click here to go to Amazon.co.uk or Barnes & Noble.


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