I ridden horses for almost as long as I’ve been able to walk. It’s the same for kids in Kyrgyzstan. Like in neighbouring Mongolia, horses are part of the way of life for the majority.
For a long time, I’d wanted to go on a long horse ride. Finally, I had the opportunity while cycling through Asia to take a break from the bike and buy a horse.
Although a competent rider, buying and looking after a horse ‘on the road’ was completely new to me. It was a steep learning curve. But it was immensely rewarding too.
The horse I bought was called ‘Sarala’ (meaning strong like the wind), a 4-year-old coloured stallion. He was awesome.
We spent 4 weeks riding through Kyrgyzstan, from Lake Issy Kul via Naryn to Song Kul lake and finally ending up in Kochkor. Sadly I had to sell Sarala at the end of the trip. I wish I could have kept him, but his life is in Kyrgyzstan and mine was to take me to the Pamirs on my bicycle.