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Published March 27, 2017
Two young Canadian sisters are saddling up next month in Nova Scotia, then setting off on a journey of a million hoofprints.
Jewel and Katie Keca plan to dip their feet — and their horses’ hooves — in the Atlantic Ocean off Mahone Bay on April 22, then head to Canada’s Great Trail, hoping to reach the West Coast by November.
“We’re going to see how far we get,” said Jewel, 18. “We’ll just take our time and see where we end up.”
Katie, 23, said, “It’s just me and Jewel and our two horses. Our parents are driving to Nova Scotia with us, but just to send us off, and then we’re on our own.
“We’re hoping to not rely too much on other people. We’re planning to camp in a tent every night, but if we can find a barn to stock up on feed that will be amazing. Obviously, we will pay for the feed.”
The sisters have dreamed of a long-distance trip on horseback since they were small girls, said Jewel, who has been riding for eight years.
“I was in high school (when) I realized I didn’t really want to go to university,” she said. “So I decided to pursue this dream, hoping that Katie would come with me.
“At first, she was hesitant, but then I bought her a horse,” Jewel said with a laugh. “And she ended up coming.”
The sisters’ equipment list for the trip includes endurance saddles — with “special extra-padded seats, to avoid saddle sores,” Jewel said — and riding helmets.
“We’d love to wear cowboy hats, but we have to stay safe.”
The sisters have mapped out a rough route, but mostly they are “just winging it,” Jewel said...
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