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Continuing to rest….

My how time flies! We have been stopped for three weeks and it hardly feels like one! Again we are grateful beyond words for the hospitality we have received in Kentucky while we and the horses are recuperating. We have been so emotionally lifted up by all of your encouragement, the prayer, and being “loved back to life” by some pretty special people here!

Satchmo has been recovering very well, though he does still have a ways to go. That means that we will continue to rest until he is ready. We are guessing it will be another few weeks. But we have come to peace with that: everyone was past due for a long rest. The body can only go so long before it breaks down under intense situations- that goes for human and horse. It has nothing to do with the athletic capability of our ponies or ourselves- we were all simply worn out. We were at that breaking point and this is just God smacking us upside the head and saying, “REST for pity’s sake!” :) (Well, that may not be exactly Biblically correct- but something like that!) :)

Anyhow, the horses have all gained back some weight. Their backs are recovering. We are looking into other saddle options to prevent any further problems. Even Bella has gained back some weight and has perked up more if that is possible! Richard and I, after 3 weeks of reading and staring at the walls because we were too tired to do anything, are only just now getting more energy to do something. We have begun regular exersize to strengthen our bodies, are taking strong vitamins and doing a cleanse to improve our energy, and our hosts have some fun activities planned for us to boost our excitement level.

We want to give a heartfelt thank you to Wild Rose Farm and the Brown family who hosted us for the first three weeks of our rest. They blessed us so very much. We will share more about them and some of our special moments in the future when I get back in the swing of writing regular blogs.

We have now moved to another location for the remainder of our rest so that the burden of hosting us for such a long stop is not placed on one family alone. We will continue to take time off from the work load of the ride and focus on recuperating, which means that our location will remain private until we are ready to start riding again- then we will start the SPOT gps tracker going again!

We have, by the way, done alot of praying about if being “broke down” means we should stop and go home or not. Just as God did in the beginning- before we ever left home- He made it utterly clear in less than 24 hours that continuing is going to be ok. Every time we start to doubt this trip, He gives us the  encouragement we need to know He is still behind it. We don’t want to do anything He doesn’t want us to do. So all that to say- yes, we do plan to continue. It’s just a matter of waiting until everyone is ready to finish strong. We look forward to the last push to the end- only about 700 miles- and more fundraising for Hearts Up Ranch as we go. We aren’t quite excited to ride again just yet, but when the time is right, we will be! :)

Thank you once again for all the prayer, concerns, well wishes, and encouragement. You may never know how much that means to us. We will try to update you another time or two during the rest and give you a heads up before we start to ride and write regular blogs. In the meantime, God bless you richly.  ~ Jeannette and Richard


  1. Thanks for the update. We are still praying for you at my church and I continue to pray as well. My heart goes out to all of you. Big hugs and prayers!


  2. SO GLAD to hear you are OK. We were beginning to get worried with such a long silence! Rest well and heal! God Bless!
    Dave and Ann

  3. So sorry to hear you have not been doing well but glad that you have been blessed with ipeople allowing you to stay and get rested up. It’s probably way past due so don’t feel bad that you are taking this time. God be with you as you finish your trip!

  4. Glad to hear that you all are recovering. The kids have asked about you often! You guys and your mission has truly been an inspiration to our family and we are thankful for the time you spent with us. May God continue to bless you on your journey!

  5. 1 John 3:16-18
    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

    Thank God for the kind folks giving you both and the animals shelter, nourishing your bodies and spirits. We shall keep them in our prayers along with you all. Their actions will be rewarded many times over. If you need encouragement, remember how many you have afforded the opportunity to fulfill the scriptures by reaching out in your times of need. As I pray about your journey and the discernment it brings, this is a real blessing to all. It strengthens our faith in our brothers and sisters.

    We are all patiently checking back in to see how you are.

  6. I just found your website off of Ride the Gap’s Facebook page. Interestingly, I have been seeking a place just like your ranch, and talking to God about it. I have been in therapy with a christian therapist who recently suggested looking into a grant for acceptance into a program such as this. Long story, but I will keep your website in my favorites and definitely keep your journey in prayer. Have an extremely blessed and safe trip!

  7. I have not checked in with you for a long time. Happy you are heeding the wisdom of your bodies. Take good care!
    God bless you and protect you and make His loving kindness to shine upon you!!

  8. I’ve thought about you often since your journey began and I’m excited to see that you’re still continuing toward such a worthy cause. It is very inspirational to catch up on some of what you’re doing and enduring. I am a huge believer that we have to go through trials in order to grow and progress – looks like you’re progressing daily! Keep it up and may you continue to be blessed!
    Jeff from SkyWest

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