The River Pilot Fall 2011 Horse Scouting Tour is moving along nicely. All are all safe and sound and making good time.
Media is interviewing River and the team. The Douglas County Herald happened to interview River during a snack stop outside of Ava, MO. During an overnight stay in Gainesville, MO., the Ozark County Times checked in on River and the horses. The Dyersburg State Gazette chatted with River as he entered Dyersburg, TN. The Moulton Advertiser produced a fine article on the team.
River and horses "Dolly" and "PJ" are working together as a team to make it from Paris Springs, MO. to Atlanta, GA. The 600 miles plus ride is unfolding as planned with little difficulty. The plan of using locally available grass and water for the horses is working. The horses are not only maintaining their weight, they are slowly starting to condition and are becoming accustomed to the daily routine. The gear is working great and everyone is able to handle the terrain, routine and the traffic.
In addition to the reward of seeing a beautiful countryside, River and the horses are meeting some of the most interesting folks in the country. Folks are stopping to visit with River and sometimes he and the horses are staying overnight with these new found friends. River Pilot says, "The generosity is fantastic. Horse Folk are some of the most generous, kind and affable people in the world." This was realized by River in Australia and continues to be the case in the U.S.A. The stories that horse owners and enthusiasts have of their own horse rides and adventures are great. For River, this is both rewarding and educational as it is one of the primary objectives of this tour. River Pilot Tours strives to bring local experience, stories and flavor to future River Pilot Tours and this scouting evolution is one of the best ways to do that.
River and the team have been able to locate places to stay each night. Some of them include parks, barns, forests, pastures, corrals and stalls. Folks are also donating grain and feed from time to time which the horses welcome. The gear and procedures are being perfected and the outcome of the event will be condensed into a document that can be used by future "Long Distance Riders."
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