Tales of a Saddle Tramp
“This book is about how one man’s life can be touched by horses, and the bond that develops between that special horse and rider.
That life is mine – “Rick Allen”, ex-navy electrician turned leatherworker turned saddler, horse rider, endurance club president, saddlery store owner, horseback tour guide, and operator of Saddletramp Horseback Tours.
What started out as a hobby, doing trail rides for fun with the club, ended up a profession, eventually teaching other people how to be tour guides.
My philosophy in life is simple – if you have a passion – GO for it! Don’t be afraid to fail.
We only live once as we know it, so have a go at it. I would hate to get to whatever age I get to and wonder what it would have been like to have had a crack at something!”
The above quotes are taken from the back cover of Rick’s book “Tales of a Saddle Tramp”. Eight years in the making, Rick’s book was published by Nev Tickner, (Tickner Publishing, Qld), and is a compilation of interesting tales about Saddletramp Horseback Tours, and the days when Rick and Bob, his Waler gelding companion – travelled nearly 19000 km together as they introduced people from all around the world, and from many walks of life, to the charm and romance of the Tasmanian bush.
On Wednesday 7th October 2009, we sadly bid “farewell” to Bob, Rick’s long time companion and friend. Bob was 34 years old, and, even though he was sporting more than a few grey hairs, right to the end he was still defending his feed bucket, and still exhibiting his tremendous spirit and his courage; as always, true to his Waler heritage.
We have limited copies of “Tales of a Saddle Tramp” remaining in stock. Once all hard copies are sold we may make an E-Book available. Watch this space for news of the planned “Tales of a Saddle Tramp 2 (Mobile Saddler Exploits)”.
Purchase price: $25.00
Postage and handling: $2.50
TOTAL Price: $27.50
(RRP is $29.95)
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