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Doesn’t this look like FUN?! Long riding.






Firestone brewery and restaurant are local to us here in Paso Robles, CA.  I was wondering if they were serving food yet… and they aren’t.  Sad.  So instead of being sad, I decided to peruse their website.  On it, I found their blog… and on their blog, I found this story:

 

Over the years, she has pursued this passion with relentless vigor and was able to build up her stamina to ride journeys like the Continental Divide, Pacific Crest Trail, Arizona Trail and the Colorado Trail all on her own, with only the company of her horses.

To date, she has accumulated over 10,000 miles in the backcountry with the same two horses.

When Gillian is not riding her horses and tackling the backcountry on her own, she leads trips through the mountains and canyons or trains horses to be able to take on feats like these.

Back in 2019, a then future client reached out to Gillian and expressed a lifelong dream of riding across the United States. However, he lives in Israel and needs a local to help with the logistics of this ride. As Gillian did not have enough horses for her client and his friend to make the trip, she spent the past year finding, training, and logging miles on three brand new horses: Newt, Shasta and Nico.

One of the training trips she took these horses on took place recently, and she brought along fellow adventurer and Firestone Walker Ambassador, Dylan Gordon, along with to document and lend a hand.

They took the horses to the backcountry of the Santa Ynez Valley, only a few miles from our original brewing facility. They spent the day riding out to a campsite in the Los Padres National Forest. Being that Dylan was involved, they found a spot with a sweet little swimming hole and set up camp.

Though this trip was an overnight strike mission, it helped Gillian to know what she can expect from these horses when it comes to her client’s big trip. She will not be going on the ride but will be on the road with them as a fulltime support crew.

SO I LOOKED UP GILLIAN…

And I found this website that talks about the trails one can take as a long rider – and her adventures.  She also teaches a workshop.  I thought it was so very cool.  I would love to do this, wouldn’t you?!

Click here to read her website.

WOW!  This is a dream of mine…

 

 

 


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Do you follow MONTGOMERY CREEK RANCH? You’ll probably LOVE what they do for the mustangs!






Do you follow Montgomery Creek Ranch?  You’ll probably love what they do for the mustangs…

I follow them (love their work) – and this wonderful transformation story was in my inbox today.   Perfect for a feel good on a Sunday.

You can go to this story directly on their site here.

BEFORE AND AFTER: BROWNIE THE ELDER MUSTANG MAKES A TRANSFORMATION

 

Brownie at the Kaufman kill pen in Texas.

Brownie at the Kaufman kill pen in Texas.

We stepped up to buy this elder gelding and made arrangements for him to be quarantined before being shipped to our satellite facility in Sonoma, California.

We named him Brownie. From his BLM freeze brand, we learned that he was 27-years old and was rounded up as a foal in 1993 from Nevada.

He handled the trip to California beautifully. Everyone who met him along the way commented on what a sweet horse he was, and how much he likes people. He is extremely personable, gentle, and likes to follow people around for pets and scratches. It seems like Brownie had someone who cared about him at one time in his life, and we wondered how he could end up in such a sad situation.

Brownie shortly after arriving at MCR. Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Brownie shortly after arriving at MCR. Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Brownie shortly after arriving at MCR. Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Brownie shortly after arriving at MCR. Photo by Kimerlee Curyl

Brownie has Cushing’s disease which is common in older horses —  a dysfunction of the pituitary gland that results in hormonal imbalances. He has been on medication to help with the Cushings and make him more comfortable while he grazes with his friends in his pasture.

Close to a year later with love and care, Brownie looks like a much different horse.

Brownie today. Photo by Tara Arrowood

Brownie today. Photo by Tara Arrowood

Brownie today. Photo by Tara Arrowood

Brownie today. Photo by Tara Arrowood

Brownie with MCR trainer Rachel, who saw him at auction. Photo by Tara Arrowood

Brownie with MCR trainer Rachel, who saw him at auction. Photo by Tara Arrowood

Brownie now spends his golden years in a pasture with his new best friends. When we see Brownie, we have reminded of the over 130,000 horses a year ship over the US border to Mexico and Canada where they await a horrific fate and how his life could have taken a much different path.

If you would like to support our work with rescued horses like Brownie, please consider becoming a sponsor. You would be helping to provide safety and refuge for horses in need.

 


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