Jackie Parry – author

5 young horses, 2 old people, and 1 new tent!


A Standard Journey

The day I galloped down a steep incline to find a gun to shoot one of our horses, was the day I realised that I may have bitten off more than I could chew.?????????????????????? It was Noel’s idea. Not shooting the horse, but living with horses 24/7 while trekking along part of the Bicentennial National Trail in Australia. When he mentioned the trail for a second time in one week, I knew we’d be doing it. We’re nomadic folk. During our seventeen years together we’ve sailed around the world one-and-a-half-times, become professional skippers and now live on a Dutch barge in France. Amid this mayhem we rescued five scatty, scared horses and slowly transformed the seven of us into a team. ???????????????????????????????There were elements of success and elements of failure. The initial realisation that I hadn’t ridden for twenty years and Noel hadn’t ridden for fifty was quite sobering. The stark comprehension that we were now middle aged was a painful one – literally. The joy of transforming those lost boys into strong, confident ‘war-horses’ was sometimes overwhelming. At the start the boys wouldn’t step into a puddle – imagine the emotions when they tackled steep ravines, faced-off bolshie kangaroos and plowed through deep rivers.?????????????????????? I sometimes indulged in the enormity of my responsibility. The desolation of our failure still punctures my heart. The yet unanswered desire to return and make the journey a success is still vivid. The heart-break of saying farewell to our boys, our family – will never leave me. There are plans that are slowly unravelling in my mind – we will tackle this once more.?????????????????????? The growth and realisation that – actually – we did succeed; we survived (at times it was an extremely close thing), we turned those boys into useful, brave animals by loving them and giving them a chance.?????????????????????? And, did we shoot the horse? Well there’s a story; a story that will help rescue more of these incredible animals. In June this year I will publish our escapade, warts and all – a percentage of proceeds will be donated to saving more horses-lives. Come join me on a thrilling ride! Up to date information our FB page ‘For the love of horses’.???????????????????????????????In the meantime, read more about our watery adventures here.


Author: jackieandnoel

Author and Traveller

7 thoughts on “5 young horses, 2 old people, and 1 new tent!

  1. I have to say that I am not much of a horsey person mainly because we have not got the room to store one, never mind five on our boat. Love your pictures though and I am glad you rescued them.

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  2. What a wonderful adventure! Such beautiful animals, too.

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  3. Yes! It has been hard, a box a tissues always at my side. But it has also been cathartic. Our boys are with friends at the moment and I miss them so much – we both do. They don’t miss us – they are living a wonderful life! So it is good to get it out of my system, allowing me to focus on the here and now. It’s also made us both appreciate what we had and just how funny it all was! We have some acreage back in Australia – I bet you can’t tell what I will be filling it up with!


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