Will Grant on Pony Express: Horseback Journey
Welcome to our conversation with author Will Grant. Grant’s debut book, “The Last Ride of the Pony Express,” takes us on a captivating journey. Let’s delve into his experiences, encounters, and the remarkable impact of this legendary adventure.
Grant’s background as a cowboy and horse trainer adds authenticity to his writing. He remembers his mentorship under Jack Brainard fondly, which deepened his love for horses..
Grant took a 2,000-mile horseback journey and rode Chicken Fry, a level-headed buckskin, and Badger, a fast bay horse. Riding one and leading the other as a packhorse, Grant channels the resourcefulness of the original Pony Express riders.
Along the Pony Express route, Grant’s encounters with people living in the modern West provide a unique perspective. He shares stories of camping in fields, conversing with ranchers, and connecting with isolated shepherds. Grant’s approach of allowing individuals to tell their own stories creates an intimate and diverse portrait of the West.
The Pony Express, operating for a brief but impactful 18 months, showcased the heights of American horsemanship. Grant highlights the challenges it faced, emphasizing the immense distances and costs involved. This short-lived yet influential chapter holds a special place in Western lore, much like the legendary cowboys we admire.
Grant discusses the changing Western landscape and the decline of family-run agriculture. He also discusses other long rides, such as the Mongol Derby.
Join us as we journey with Will Grant through the captivating history of the Pony Express. Discover the timeless allure of the American West and its profound impact on horsemanship, culture, and the people who call it home.
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