THE SADDLES

We are traveling in the saddle from France to Asia. On bicycle and horseback. Some words about our fellow saddles...

Our horses in Central Asia, 2021

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Tian, Chai and Fidel are our three Kyrgyz stallions who have joined us to ride 1500km across the mountains, rivers and mythical steppes of Kyrgyzstan. Stallions get a bad rep in Europe for being difficult to handle, but our boys quickly picked up the rules, and their bond is strong. Each horse has his own personality, strengths, weaknesses and quirks. We believe in treating horses with respect and fairness. We do our best to make the journey safe, reassuring, and fun for them. Quentin's horse Fidel is trustworthy, steady, and brave. Ashley's horse Tian is emotional, endurant and intelligent. And our pack horse Chai is loving, trusting and willing.

At the end of our journey together, we will stay with them for however long it takes to find them a loving home where they will be treated fairly and with respect. Or maybe....ride them back to Europe? To be determined...

 

Our bikes. With us from France to Asia

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Our bicycles are reliable and sturdy, though not the fastest on the road. They are ready to tackle mountain peaks, desert sands, paved pistes, gravel tracks, and even a few goat paths. Each part and mechanism was deliberately chosen to be easy to repair or replace. During our equine expeditions, we stash them safely with friends.


Quentin is rolling on the quintessential traveler's bike, an American made Trek 520, and Ashley is on a rebuilt Sunn Symp - perfect for road & gravel biking. Both bicycles have more gears than we know what to do with, which will certainly help for the mountainous terrain to come. The bikes allow us to fully experience the freedom, slowness, and silence while we discover every fragment of the landscapes we traverse. 

Our horses during our 2 month trek in Albania, 2019

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We were lucky enough to share the road across Albania with our horses Johnny, Griva and Düldül. We bought them from the same breeder in the south of the country, in Konispol, at the Greek border. The first few weeks were tough; they didn't really trust us, and they weren't really sure what this journey was about.

 

We believe in treating horses with fairness and respect and use these methods of horsemanship, all while keeping security our number one priority. A deep trust is developed and experienced between horse and rider during travel. While the countryside around us changed, each other’s company was our only constant. Soon we found our rhythm as a herd. We shared difficult moments and lots of laughter with them as we made our way 750km across the country. They now live with our dear friend Catherine in Valbona Valley. In 2020 we visited them, and found them fat and happy, and plan to continue visiting them whenever possible.