Western riders, Sandra and Iain Loder from Aberdeenshire will be riding their horses along the Great Glen Way this August, from Fort William to Inverness in aid of the Sandpiper Trust . Iain (aged 13) and his Mum will be riding unaided for the 70 miles, which should take 5 days. All essential kit, including tent, sleeping bags, food, waterproofs!! and lots of midge spray!! will be carried on the horses. Iain will be riding an American Quarter Horse cross Appaloosa gelding called ‘Lucky’ and Sandra is on her homebred Quarter Horse mare called ‘Chilli’. Sandra is a Western Equestrian Society approved instructor and backs and trains horses but both her and Iain are more used to showing their horses in the arena, not hitting the real outback trail, so this is a first for both and real expedition. They have had some trial runs, checking out the kit and making sure they carry only what is necessary to minimise the weight for the horses. Lets hope the weather is kind!
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