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Pack horses and box hitches: a how to

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I spent the summer of 2017 riding 500 miles through the Rocky Mountains with my partner Rich and three horses called Pinto, Pepper and Numero. I’ve been posting information about the trip online, as well as my trail diary, for anyone with an interest in the journey or backcountry horsemanship more generally. All previous entries on this subject can be found here.

I was warned before we set off that the majority of long distance journeys by horse fail due to problems with the pack horse. Certainly it’s true that this is an aspect of horsemanship that is rarely explored and mastered, at least in the UK, and I found  relatively little information about it readily accessible. So here is a brief explainer for anyone who might be interested.

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The ghost in the machine

Last week I wrote a ‘how to’ guide to ghostwriting for IdeasMag.

Ghostwriting is a useful way for writers to subsidise their income, and for some it grows into a successful career. I spoke to established ghosts to ask them for their advice, including  Andrew Crofts, a ghostwriter so successful that it is known in publishing as ‘the Crofts effect’. He has written more than a dozen Sunday Times bestsellers, including Zana Muhsen’s Sold.

Full text is available on the Ideastap website here, or after the fold.

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