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a White Horse, William Holt - Equestrian
stories are full of adventures, adversities, dangers and drama. Yet the
curious story of William Holt and his cart horse, Trigger, is one of the
most inspiring equestrian travel tales ever told. After rescuing the
gelding from slaughter, and then nursing him back to health, the
67-year-old Holt and his horse set out in 1964 on an incredible 9,000
mile, non-stop journey through western Europe.
Holt never ranked himself above his mount. The resultant trip saw them
sleeping out in the rough without a tent for more than 400 nights.
Together they faced great hardships, suffering through storms, floods and
whirlwinds. At one point in their travels the ageing gypsies were even
marooned on a ledge and nearly drowned by the raging sea.
Because of these shared dangers, Holt and Trigger maintained a legendary
bond that touched people’s hearts. An Italian princess had jewels set in
one of Trigger’s old shoes. When they rode into London the likeable duo
were guests of the Queen of England.
Amply illustrated with photographs and drawings by the author, “Ride a
White Horse” remains the classic equestrian tale of a man and his
beloved horse who embarked together on an extraordinary adventure.
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|Saddletramp, Jeremy James -
is the story of Jeremy James’ journey from Turkey to Wales by horse,
which took him eight and a half months through some of the most
spectacular countryside in Asia Minor and Europe.
Jeremy arrived in Turkey in the winter of 1987, spending some time looking
for a horse before finding Ahmed Paşa, an untried, old and wormy Arab
stallion who had never before been ridden.
The two of them set out across Turkey on an unplanned route with an
inaccurate compass, unreadable map and the unfailing aid of villagers who
seemed to have as little sense of direction as he had.
He found himself in difficulties often, once having to swim a
mile-wide river estuary with Ahmed Paşa, and on another occasion
having to scramble down a cliff face together.
They regularly slept out, sharing meals, bugs and discomfort.
Unable to take his beloved horse out of Turkey he then went to Greece
where he bought Maria, a three-year-old unbroken filly, property of the
local knackerman. Again,
foiled by bureaucracy, he left Maria with friends at the Greek border and
bought Gonzo, his third horse, in Italy.
They travelled haphazardly up through Umbria and Tuscany, then over the
Alps and into the French wine harvest, where both of them sampled the
local drink, and suffered the consequences.
They arrived in Britain in November.
By turns thoughtful and sensitive, he paints a remarkable picture of rural
life, taking the reader through the extremes of climate he met, the four
seasons and four countries he passed through.
Jeremy’s descriptions of the places he found himself in with his horses
will captivate readers and leave them with the scent of leather, horses,
and the lingering taste of vin du paradis.
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