Tim leads his Mongolian horse Ogonyok down hard-packed snow to an alpine lake, high in the Carpathians.
“Historians believe that the horse was first tamed and ridden around 5500 years ago on the Eurasian Steppe in what is modern northern Kazakhstan. This gave rise to a nomadic way of life that revolved around the horse and put nomads on a collision course with the sedentary world. Mounted warriors rode into Europe throughout the ages, culminating with the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan in the 13th century.
The horse, and horsemanship, was introduced to the rest of the world by nomads, and the horse still plays a central role in the life, and culture of all steppe societies.
For me, riding by horse in the ancient equine tradition would allow me to know the heart mind and soul of the steppe nomad. In addition, horses would allow me to experience a sense of freedom and adventure and, importantly, offer an opportunity to be a participant in the communities I passed through, so I was more than just an observer.”
In the three-year solo journey, Tim travelled by horse from Mongolia to Hungary across the Eurasian Steppe. Read about his journey