Horse trek.

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This double sheepskin will be the key component to my kit. It will be the top layer to my saddle & also the main part of my bedding of a night. Where I will be it will be hot enough to swim in summer and cold enough to cross country ski in winter.
 

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This double sheepskin will be the key component to my kit. It will be the top layer to my saddle & also the main part of my bedding of a night. Where I will be it will be hot enough to swim in summer and cold enough to cross country ski in winter.
I had a close friend who carried two sheepskins when travelling on water. He had backed them both with a heavy canvas.
Keith.
 

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Yes Keith that’s what I’m doing for durability. Then I can also wear it like a short but extra warm poncho. I reckon it’s all about taking things that can be used in several ways
 

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Which brings me to my first fork in the road. I have a full length American beaver pelt coat if I cut it up I could make a really good blanket out of it and be easier to transport around on the horse. It’s just hard to destroy a coat like that.
 

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I always assumed that is to prevent people from "creating" road kill for the purpose of butchering. I think you could make a pretty good argument if you're riding a horse :D
Not sure about that, but all native fauna are protected, with the exception of dingos and a couple of local cases. I'm not saying don't do it, I think it's a waste to leave roadkill there if you've got a use for it. Just don't want anyone to have any legal issues that could be avoided.
 

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Yeah definitely there are 10 million different rules that we are supposed to follow. Hunting knives in a National Park for 1. I’m not 100% normal, and consequently I’m guided by my own moral compass not by some law that a politician dreamed up to get some more votes.
 

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When I say not 100% normal that doesn’t mean serial killer I have been in the bush with people from this forum and they all survived 😁
 

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As far as a bridle, & bit goes. I have decided not use one. Most bits have moving parts that wear, and bridles wear/break. I’m thinking of just using a rawhide thong tied around the lower jaw. I can replace it extremely easily out of some road kill hide. I can then hook a greenhide rope to it. The first part of it can be my rein then the rest of it can be coiled and tied to my Surcingle.
 

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I’m planning on doing some long term horse trekking. The key word is term not distance from start to finish ( A to B) because I have no destination in mind (that way I can’t get lost 😁). At a guess I reckon I will be out there for about 4 or 5 years give or take. I’m going to make all my own gear/ saddlery. I won’t be taking any food or water with me. Anyway I’m thinking that if there was any interest i could upload some photos as I make things & any general thoughts/ ramblings on the trek. I’m basically a leather & wool guy there definitely won’t be any modern tarps, tents, sleepingbags, or clothing used. Cheers Peter
This sounds like a great adventure and would be interested to follow your journey on here. Which State/region are you going to be trekking in.
 

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Yes it’s a pretty cool place. I have a lot of gear making and testing before I actually go. But I will be doing several short treks while I’m fine tuning everything. Also some of that testing will be done on horses that I won’t be taking on the trek. I have to get the brumbies and break them before I go. At some stage I’m going to have to replace most my clothing with road kill if I’m not extremely careful with what I take. I won’t be able to go to a shop to purchase anything so I have to be pretty sure of the gear I’m taking
 

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This is what -15 degrees looks like without snow. Which is why I’m going to be somewhat anal about my clothing/bedding
Where are you from? I'm guessing you mean Fahrenheit :ROFLMAO:. Yes, it can get pretty cold up high. We still get snow in places here in tassie.
 
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