One woman. One horse. 48 states for Domestic Violence Awareness

Check back often for the latest updates and stories from Meredith and Apollo as they journey 10,000 miles on a four year ride around the USA.






Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E5): Trailblazers

The first 48 state ride: The Overland Westerners
Illustration from Bainbridge Island Historical Museum

Riding a horse around the country is pretty weird, I have to admit, but believe it or not,  I’m not the first weirdo to attempt such a journey.  Learn about the previous 48 state rides, and a few other “trailblazers” in long distance horse travel that inspired and informed me when I was preparing to do my ride.
Listen weekly as Meredith and Apollo share about their multi-year 48-state journey, talk with interesting guests, and discuss the realities of domestic abuse.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode: What is a trailblazer?
01:07 LD endurance riding and backcountry outfitting, and why they’re different than long distance horse travel
02:22 What is long distance horse travel?
03:25 When horses were the only way to travel
04:40 The Oregon trail
10:10 The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
13:34 The US Cavalry handbook
16:56 The Overland Westerners
20:40 Frank Heath
25:15 Messanie Wilkins
30:58 The Three Mules
31:53 Unbranded
34:52 Closing statements
36:19 End of episode

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Apollo coloring page

An Apollo coloring page?! Yes! I am working on an Apollo coloring book, and here's a sneak peak that you can get started on now.  Download a JPG here, or save the image below.


Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E4): 1% Inspiration


Thomas Edison once said “genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
I don’t know if our ride would be categorized as genius, but these two factors are the same.  The idea to do this journey was quick and easy; the preparations to make it happen, however, took three years of hard work.  The 3 keys to making my idea happen were research, maps, and training Apollo. 
Listen weekly as Meredith and Apollo share about their multi-year 48-state journey (The Centauride), talk with interesting guests, and discuss the realities of domestic abuse.

Or find us on your favorite streaming app.


What to Listen For:
00:25 Introduction to the episode
00:57 A recap of the idea for the ride
01:20 Step One: Research. Is this ride possible, and how?
01:55 Who has done this sort of thing before?
04:22 The decision to ride on roads
05:30 Step Two: Mapping the 10,000 mile route
10:48 Arriving in Seattle: Time to reassess
11:37 Some things I learned on the way to Seattle
13:36 Backpacker lessons
15:09 Step Three: Training Apollo
15:53 Preparing Apollo for the unknown: shopping carts, strollers, school buses, and more!
18:52 Specificity and desensitization training
20:21 Trust training
21:18 The “touch it” game
23:21 The “look at it” game
25:04 Guest Melissa Ellis about Harmony Horsemanship
43:13 Apollo’s bonus verbal cues
46:18 Reflections: did the preparations pay off?
47:50 Closing statements
48:21 End of episode

About our Guest:


Melissa Ellis
"I am a Level 3 Harmony Horsemanship Instructor and enjoy helping people develop an enriching partnership with their horses based on trust and communication. I own a farm in Southern Vermont and am the USA base for Lindsey Partridge’s Harmony Horsemanship. I enjoy every aspect of my relationship with horses but my heart is in Liberty and Bridleless work. I also enjoy Trick Training and Extreme Trail. I was Equine Affaires 2019 Reserve Champion in Versatile Horse and Rider Massachusetts and am looking forward to competing in the Trail Competition at Pennsylvania’s World Horse Expo and Equine Affaire Ohio’s International Liberty Horse Association ‘s competition. I absolutely love what our horses teach us on a daily basis and look forward to each and every moment I spend with them."
Apollo and Meredith with Melissa Ellis 

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Apollo's favorite cookies : Scotchies


Scotchies are definitely Apollo’s favorite cookie. They’re way up there on my list, too! They are basically an oatmeal cookie with butterscotch chips, but combining the two yields a deliciousness far
greater than the sum of its parts.

Makes 24 cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 Tbsp molasses
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats
2 cups butterscotch morsels

Whisk the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a stand mixer, or a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until combined and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs,
molasses, and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, beat in the oats and butterscotch morsels. Dough will be thick and sticky.

Cover and chill the dough for at least 45 minutes in the refrigerator (and up to 4 days). If chilling for longer than a few hours, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling
and baking because the dough will be quite hard.

Preheat oven to 350F. Line several baking sheets.

Scoop cookie dough, about 3 Tablespoons of dough per cookie, and place 4 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look
very soft and under-cooked.

Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container. Share a few with your favorite horses.

Note: For smaller cookies, make 2 Tbsp size dough balls, bake 11 minutes, yields 3 dozen.

Horsin' around with an Apollo-themed crossword puzzle!

Here's a fun Centauride-themed crossword, just for you!



Download (less blurry) a copy here

Download a copy with the answer key here

Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E3): Who are those weirdos?

 What kind of weirdo would think it’s a good idea to ride a horse all over the country? 
And what kind of horse would be willing and able to go along with that idea?
This episode seeks to answer these two frequently asked questions. Learn about Meredith’s horse life that prepared her for the journey, and her domestic violence story that motivated the journey. We’ll also discuss Apollo’s origin story, and how he found his way to Meredith.
Listen weekly as Meredith and Apollo share about their multi-year 48-state journey (The Centauride), talk with interesting guests, and discuss the realities of domestic abuse.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:27 My childhood as a horse-crazy city kid
04:21 My parents finally admit that horses aren’t a phase
05:43 I go to college to study horses
09:35 I fall in love, and the early red flags
10:46 Why I gave up horses for 9 years
12:21 Teen dating violence, an interview with Nicole Rouhselang
23:24 My escape from abuse, and the decision to do this ride
26:11 Horse shopping, and how NOT to do it
31:29 Apollo’s parents and the story of his birth
32:25 Apollo’s second home
33:20 Apollo’s third home
34:34 Apollo’s fourth home… with me!
34:53 Initial training problems
35:39 Celebrating the podcast launch with a giveaway
36:38 Closing statements
37:22 End of episode

Breana & Nicole Rouhselang 

About our guest:

In December of 2018, Nicole Rouhselang’s stepdaughter Breana was sexually assaulted and then murdered by a classmate, in a tragic case of teen dating violence. She was only 17.  Since then, Nicole has been speaking out about this all-too-common but little-discussed aspect of domestic violence.      

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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E2): Stories! Stories! Stories! Stories!


You heard that right; this episode is all about the best (real-life!) stories from our adventures on the road.  Starting from Day 1, I’ve selected 14 of my favorite stories from the last three years of traveling with Apollo. All of the stories featured in this episode can also be found in my four collections of short stories, also titled Have Horse Will Travel.
Listen weekly as Meredith and Apollo share about their multi-year 48-state journey, talk with interesting guests, and discuss the realities of domestic abuse.

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What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
01:23 Adventure Awaits
02:49 Tall Horse, Short Rider
04:25 Hail!
05:59 Ready for Anything
09:25 The Oregon Trail
11:54 Apollo’s Taste in Art
14:52 The Smallest Town
16:24 From Fright to Friend
18:51 Police Escort
21:36 Apollo Makes Himself at Home
22:55 Murshums
25:05 Sailor Apollo
27:26 Would You Sleep Here?
28:52 The Most Beautiful Ride
32:17 Celebrating the podcast launch with a giveaway
33:20 Closing statements
33:57 End of episode

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Have Horse Will Travel podcast (S1E1): Welcome to the adventure!


Welcome to Meredith and Apollo’s brand new podcast! Let’s get this adventure started with some introductions.  Where are we riding, and why? And what the heck is a Centauride?
Listen weekly as Meredith and Apollo share about their multi-year 48-state journey, talk with interesting guests, and discuss the realities of domestic abuse.

Or find us on your favorite streaming app.

What to Listen For:

00:25 Introduction to the episode
00:31 The 101 on Apollo and Meredith’s ride so far
02:07 What to expect from this podcast
03:12 What is a Centauride?
04:09 Where have we traveled and where are we going next?
05:03 Why we are doing the ride: domestic violence, my experience, and some FAQs about abuse
07:57 Guest Tammy Coates
14:37 How to get help if you’re in an abusive relationship
15:32 About Apollo’s breed and origin story
19:09 Apollo’s diva quirks
19:45 Apollo’s friends
21:25 Apollo’s favorite treats
22:00 FAQ: What’s with the bells?
23:30 FAQ: Where do we ride?
25:00 FAQ: How far do we go in a day, and what is our schedule?
25:50 FAQ: Where do we sleep at night?
26:48 FAQ: How you can help us find safe stops
27:56 FAQ: How fast do we travel, and what is a typical day’s ride like?
29:09 FAQ: How do we stay safe in traffic?
30:07 How to ask us your FAQs
30:55 Podcast launch giveaway challenge details
31:55 About the next three episodes
32:47 Thank you to our Kickstarter backers
33:06 Closing statements
33:30 End of episode

About our Guest:


Our mission at the Kammy Mae Foundation is to not only assist in the fight against Domestic Violence, but also to provide resources and support to those who find themselves in a similar situation. We are here for the Survivors, the Fallen, families, and anyone else affected by Domestic Violence.
Kammy Mae with her kids 

Resources:

National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1−800−799−7233  

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Have Horse Will Travel volume 4 is now available!




The newest collection of short stories from Apollo and my adventures on the road is now available!


Buy on Amazon (link above) for $11.99 plus shipping.
For a signed copy, $20 including shipping, contact me.

And if you've not read them yet, be sure to check out my other books:


You’re Invited! Free event about the Centauride

You’re invited to join me for a fun evening at the library, where I will be giving a talk about my 2019 adventures with Apollo! This annual event is the ONLY time each year where you can see and hear about my journey, with the amount of detail I include in the slideshow and presentation.  Don’t miss it!

Did I mention it’s free?

There will be snacks, homemade by me, so you can also taste some of my favorite treats from 2019!


Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, CA

February 24 at 500pm to 630pm
(it’s okay if you’re late, please come anyway!)

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