We have now completed our first week of training in the mountains of San Miguel at 2,300 meters. We have four of the five horses on the training regime now - varied exercise between one to six hours per day. Having expected to be applying liberal amounts of Sudocrem at the stage we have all been mightily impressed by the power and comfort of the South American criollo pony.
The Miranda´s have continued to be incredibly helpful; Carlos oversaw the first day of training and features in some of the photos. Neil Macdougall, a friend of the Miranda´s has also shown immense trust and kindness in lending the team his 4x4 for the training, as well as helping us track down Peruvian maps.
We are hopefully purchasing the final member of the pack on Saturday. The horses have received names: Pajarito (Little Bird), Rocio (Misty Spray), Capricho (Capricious One), and Gansa Salvaje (Wild Goose). We have been joined on the farm for ten days by Susannah Prins who is hepling with the training and kindly sponsoring the final pack horse. So it will be her job to name the final equine member.
There has been a slight problem with delivery of our long-distance riding boots. They are expected to be with us towards the end of next week. In the mean time Nick and the farm attendant having been honing their farriery skills. Nick´s thumb took a grating against the hoof rasp which can been seen colourfully in the photos.
Phil and Ed have been practising their tent erections. Phil is winning, getting it up solo in an impressive 6m45s.