Trip preparation

Equipment, board & lodging


And yes, a trip on horseback cannot be improvised. After several months of preparation, we are finally ready! To maintain our freedom on the way and at our drop-off points, we have chosen equipment that guarantees our autonomy. Here is the list:


BRUTUS & AMOER

  • Photocopy of the owners’ cards;
  • Photocopy of FFE licenses with Equide Owner Civil Liability extension;
  • Horses’ passports;
  • Saddles (1 Eric Thomas & 1 Supreme);
  • Nets;
  • Miscellaneous equipment (brushes, hoof picks, brush & grease for the hooves);
  • Front satchels (Decathlon);
  • Back satchels
  • Storage socks;
  • Western rugs & hiking rugs;
  • First aid kit (Warendorf balm, disinfectant, bandage, anti-fly spray & green clay);
  • 25 kg of nuts & food supplements (probiotic & spirulina);
  • 2 collapsible buckets;
  • 2 fall blankets (dropped off where we plan to be in October / November);
  • 2 winter blankets (put down where we plan to be in December);
  • Hiking fence kit (1.8 kg);
  •  Lanyards;

KATHLEEN & GREGOIRE

  • Identity papers & passport;
  • Clothes & 1 pair of changing shoes;
  • Helmet, gloves & whip;
  • Special raincoats for horses;
  • Leather chaps;
  • First aid kit ;
  • Toiletry bag;
  • 1 bath towel;
  • Sewing kit;
  • Cereal bars & packet of rice / Chinese noodles & coffee & bottles of water;
  • Tent (2 kg) and 2 sleeping bags;
  • Headlamps;
  • Camping stove;
  • Coffee maker, small pots, fold-out cutlery, gourds & penknives;
  • 2 rolls of string of 40 m;
  • Matches & lighter;
  • Waist bag;
  • Phones & chargers (including a solar one);
  • Kit & notebook;
  • Books ;

Going on horseback entails responsibilities. The horse’s papers and the previously established insurance must be constantly by our side. In terms of roaming, supported by maps from the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information, Géocheval will be our best ally: Equibreizh, the path of the abbeys, the d’Artagnan route and other legendary routes are ours!

Going by horse involves organizing their diet: 8 L of nuts per day per horse! For maximum independence, as our horses move at the same speed, we decided to do without a pack horse which could have been slower than ours.

Going on horseback requires suitable drop-off points each evening. If we have planned to use “horse-stage” structures – labeled establishments, listed by the FFE here, guaranteeing the accommodation of horses and nearby accommodation structures – thanks to the fence kit we also plan to bivouac in fields with the permission of their owners.

Going on horseback requires privations for the rider, the latter having to ensure the comfort of the former. The back saddlebags are exclusively intended for food and horse equipment. Therefore, we will each have only one small bag to store our personal belongings. Needless to say, we will have to take the bare minimum …

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