The Long Horse Ride relaunch last week went off without hitch see http://thelonghorseride.blogspot.com/2009/08/zou-ba-were-off.html and we have been making fairly good progress, covering over 100 miles across the North China grasslands. The photo shows Li Jing and Hua on Zorbee and Shandan somewhere near Hua De in Inner Mongolia.
Here I am on Ba Jiu during a wonderful morning ride through the Chinese countryside of northern Hebei. The ride relaunch officially starts tomorrow, apparently to the accompaniment of fireworks, which could prove interesting. My new Kanteq body protector may come in useful sooner than I expected!
Back in Guyuan to meet up with the horses again. Yesterday they were all shod traditional Chinese fashion, strapped to a shoeing frame, which rather resembles an instrument of torture - some horses might agree! The photo shows the patient Bajiu taking his turn.