The Long Riders' Guild

Foreword to the Horse Travel Handbook


John Blashford-Snell



For those who long for the independence and contentment of days in the saddle, away from the rat race of civilization and the crush of overpopulated lands, here is a real “bible”.  For the novice Long Riders it is a comprehensive guide and for the experienced hands it will be a source of much interest and perhaps even some useful tips. 


CuChullaine deserves congratulations for producing such a full, fascinating and comprehensive handbook, loaded with the experience and wisdom of numerous international equestrian explorers over many years.


Whether one is seeking advice on horses’ health and feeding, handling bureaucratic obstacles at borders or even fleeing for one’s life, this is the ideal book to have in one’s saddle bag.


John Blashford-Snell

Honorary President

The Scientific Exploration Society


Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE is a former British Army officer, explorer and author. Blashford-Snell was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then commissioned into the Royal Engineers. He would serve for 37 years in the Army and see active services in many areas. In 1969, he founded the Scientific Exploration Society. Amongst his expeditions were the first descent of the Blue Nile during which he invented white water rafting (in 1968); crossing of the Darién Gap (1971 to 1972) and overseeing the first north–south vehicular journey from Alaska to Cape Horn; and a complete navigation of the Congo River (in 1974 to 1975). He was awarded the Segrave Trophy in 1974 and the Livingstone Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in recognition of his leadership of the expeditions. In 1993 he was awarded the Patron's Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society.


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