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Long Distance Barefoot Travel on The Humble Hoof Podcast

How far can a horse or mule walk in hoof boots? This week, I was a guest on Alicia Harlov’s podcast The Humble Hoof. The episode is called “Riding Mules Cross Country”. We discussed what it’s like to travel long distances (thousands of miles) with hoof boots on a horse or mule. Just click on the link below for a listen. The link is:https://thehumblehoof.com/2023/09/22/riding-mules-cross-country/

As you may know, I don’t shoe our mules or horses with steel shoes. When… Continue reading

Introducing my new Photo Book “19 Million Mule Steps” (And How to Get a FREE Copy)

I’m excited to announce that I’ve published a new photo book called 19 Million Mule Steps. Read on to see how you can score a free copy.

19 Million Mule Steps is about my Long Ride through America with my mules Brick and Cracker

About 19 Million Mule Steps

19 Million Mule Steps is 134 pages of photos, sketches, letters, musings and short essays that didn’t fit into my upcoming memoir Two Mules To Triumph, about riding my… Continue reading

The Hoof Boot Review: 3 Hoof Boots, 32 Days on the Trail

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Consumer Reports just won’t report on some things. These are the boots we’re reviewing. Here’s how they looked during our month-long mule ramble.We reviewed Cavallo, Renegade and Easy Boot hoof boots. Here’s how they held up after 32 days on the trail

What’s the best kind of hoof boot for your horse or mule? My wife Julia and I rode from North Carolina to Virginia and back with three brands of hoof boots. This hoof boot review is what we… Continue reading

Ezer Vavala Wants to Pull Her Wagon by Hand 800 Miles to Missouri

My buddy Brad Saunders called me this week and said there were some “traveling homesteaders” camping in nearby Hickory (North Carolina). He said they needed a better place to stay, so I hooked up the horse trailer and drove to Hickory to see how I could help. That’s how I met Ezer Vavala and her husband Brian.

The rig Brad was referring to as I found it in some guy’s back yard in Hickory
Ezer Vavala and her husband Brian.… Continue reading

How Adeline Hallot Went From Cart Traveler to Horse Traveler: Part 2/2

What’s it like to spend 3 years traveling from France to Spain with two dogs, two horses, a mule, a cat and a chicken? Adeline Hallot did exactly that. My wife Julia and I recently spent two days visiting with Adeline. This is Part 2 of the two-part series I’m writing about her.

Adeline and her horse Gezi (Adeline Hallot photo)
Adeline Hallot with her mule Lunita, one of her traveling companions
Adeline’s route

In Part 1 of this series… Continue reading

Dogged: How Adeline Hallot Crossed the Pyrenees With Two Dogs, a Cart and a Cat: Part 1/2

Adeline Hallot lives in France. She owned two dogs, a cat, an old van and had always wanted to go to Spain. Then her van broke down. “I could have fixed my van but it was going to be too expensive,” she said. “So I sold everything I had, loaded my cart and started walking. I only got two kilometers the first day and couldn’t walk any farther.”

Adeline Hallot
Adeline begins her journey. Her dog Aiyana is walking beside… Continue reading

Dreaming of Wild Bees in Trees

My last thought before I fall asleep is of how I’d catch a swarm of wild bees, install them in the crook of an old tree and let them live up there, just like they were living in a hollow old tree. I wouldn’t medicate them, bother them or even take their honey. I just want to watch them come and go with tiny balls of orange pollen on their feet.

Me, sitting on Brick, pondering what bees would look… Continue reading

Filipe Masetti Leiti Rode a Horse 16,000 Miles. This is What he Learned.

“I’d never ridden more than 3 kilometers.” That’s what author, filmmaker, and Long Rider Filipe Masetti told me after riding 16,000 miles across North and South America. That quote will give you hope you can do whatever you’re dreaming of doing.

Long Rider Filipe Masetti Leite
Filipe on the trail
A boot to navigate by: Filipe’s route for the first leg of his trip, from Calgary, Canada to Barretos, Brazil, spelled out on one of his boots

Interview With Filipe… Continue reading

Listen to the Creston Dinosaur on Atlas Obscura

In 2008, my mule Polly and I traveled from Canada to the Mexican border in a homemade mule wagon. I interviewed folks along the way, and one of the favorite characters I met wasn’t a person. It was a giant green cement dinosaur outside Creston, South Dakota.

Mule Polly and the Creston dinosaur (Creston, South Dakota)

Flash forward to now. Recently Atlas Obscura, the website dedicated to obscure Americana, contacted me about doing a story about the Creston dinosaur. I… Continue reading

The Long Ride: Melissa Priblo Chapman Discusses Her Book “Distant Skies” (Part 2 of 2)

In the early 1980s, twenty-three-year-old Melissa Priblo Chapman rode her horse Rainy 2,600 miles alone across America. She encountered rattlesnakes, thunderstorms and Great Plains busters, but she also encountered kind ranchers like the one who hooked her up with a pack mule. Almost forty years after her trip, Melissa wrote a book about her voyage called “Distant Skies”. I recently interviewed Melissa about her book and trip.

“Distant Skies: An American Journey on Horseback” by Melissa Priblo Chapman / published… Continue reading
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