This is one of my ALL-TIME favourite fairy-tale, globetrotting stories. Meet Jos Flint, true-blue, Aussie sheila who won our riding holiday to Mongolia last year. Jos, who has a mail run in a remote region of Tassie, had never stepped foot overseas. Her first trip was a 19-day horse riding trek in northern Mongolia.
This is her story.
What is your day job?
Mail Contractor for Australia Post
How have horses influenced or changed your life?
They have shown me a better way to ride and I appreciate them as I get older.
What is your earliest memory of horse/s?
’bout 10 yrs old when good old Santa Clause brought me a horse for Christmas.
What was your childhood pony called?
What does riding or being with horses mean to you?
Adrenaline racing through your blood, at one with the horse.
What have horses taught you the most:
to be kind and patient
What was your first globetrotting ride?
What made you take the plunge and sign up for a globetrotting holiday?
Why wouldn’t you, it’s just the best adventure and tailor made for what you like.
Was this GT ride celebrating or marking a significant moment/milestone/achievement in your life? And if so, would you mind sharing?
I won this Mongolian holiday, a 20 day horse ride through North Mongolia, this country girl from the back paddock of Mengha, Tasmania had never been overseas before and NEVER been away by myself. I doubted I could do it a couple of times and then thought I will regret it for the rest of my life if I don’t. To be alone was a big part of the experience and to trust that I would get there and back also was a huge task. I enjoyed the holiday of a lifetime, seen things I’ve only ever seen on telly or in books and now looking forward to my next Globetrotting adventure…… Kenya!!!
What is your most memorable globetrotting moment?
We rode 300 km to visit the Reindeer people, [the West taiga, Reindeer Herders] to ride into their camp with all the dogs, teepee’s, kids and huge reindeers is something I’ll never forget. To sit with them and wish like heck I could talk and listen to their stories. It was the most amazing experience early morning in the frost just me and the reindeers was something special. Also we got to see a horse breaking demonstration at a local hut along the way, it was way up there with all the other most amazing experiences, really from the time I climbed onto that Mongolian plane it was one huge adventure for 20 days!!!.
Why choose this type of travel? As in exploring a new country from the back of a horse?
Why would you travel any other way, the smells, the sights that are taken in with the country side changing all the time, little things you see and experience, riding a horse is the best way, very relaxing and gentle.
What is your favourite safari horse of all time and why?
The Mighty Mongolian horse, what a powerful animal, tough and no nonsense. Even a non-horse person could ride one of these horses and the saddle was pure pleasure, like a bean bag full of sheeps wool.
A tip that every globetrotter should know before going on a ride….
that it isn’t your horse and doesn’t need to be trained or corrected, just enjoy the ride.
Finish this sentence – Don’t leave home without….