Two mounts lost in first two months of ride

Location of Alamogorodo in New Mexico.
Location of Alamogorodo in New Mexico.

A man on a planned worldwide horse ride to raise awareness about horse abuse has lost two mounts in the first two months, it has been reported.

Carl Wayne Cooper lost his first mount, Ju-Ju Bean, to saddle sores.

He lost his replacement mount, May Day, to a broken leg on September 23 after the horse stepped in a cattle guard near Alamogordo, in New Mexico. The animal was shot.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Cooper, a preacher and air conditioner repairman, is now hoping to find a third mount.

He is 600 miles into the journey, which began in Weatherford, Texas.

“I’m doing the Lord’s work out here,” he told the newspaper. “I’ve been helping people out along the way, doing what I’m supposed to do.”

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3 thoughts on “Two mounts lost in first two months of ride

  • October 5, 2012 at 9:09 am

    It might seem unnecessary to state the stark truth; no ethical equestrian traveller ever intentionally rides a horse afflicted with saddle sores or puts his horse at risk by trying to cross a cattle guard in such a careless fashion. To do so is an act of transgression.

    No matter how many miles they ride, no matter what elusive geographic goal they reach, people who abuse road horses in such a manner are an infection to the good name of equestrian travel.

    At the core of every equestrian journey is a sense of trust between horse and human. Regardless of where the journey is undertaken, it is about balancing the physical needs of the horse’s flesh against the human’s egotistical desire.

    Long Riders collectively believe that no religious, political, medical, cultural, financial or personal goal grants a human the right to abuse…a horse during a journey. We also collectively realize that accidents occur to horse and rider without premeditation or warning.

    But there is a vast difference between dealing with an unforeseen accident and intentionally riding on in obstinate denial of a horse’s wounds.

    Prior to their departure, most would-be equestrian travellers wonder how they will cope with a string of potential predicaments. Borders, shelter and food usually come to mind. Few realize they may face a lonely dilemma involving ethics.

    When this occurs, most succeed. A few, like Carl Cooper, fail miserably.

    If allowed to continue, he will work his way west, visiting churches, seeking charity, using up more horses, lying to himself, all the while he survives on the public’s trust and the media’s naivety.

    Well done New Mexico for revealing the true mission of this mounted mountebank.

    CuChullaine O’Reilly FRGS
    The Long Riders Guild

    • October 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

      I so agree with you. This man knows very little about riding a horse.

  • October 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Please note, there may be an element of deception when Cooper now claims he is making his ride ” to raise awareness about horse abuse.”

    This does not match the original claim provided to the American press.

    When the Long Riders’ Guild was first informed of this man’s plans in early June, Cooper had recently told a reporter that he needed a million dollars and a team of five people to help him establish a Guinness World Record.

    In an interview with the Bluff County News he said he required a team of people to go with him, including a veterinarian.

    “I’ll have to have a truck trailer, a vet and a ferrier,” Cooper said. “there will probably be four or five guys. It’s going to be a team effort.”

    This support never materialized.

    In the interview, Cooper also revealed his dreams of setting a Guinness Book of World Records.

    “I’m looking for somebody to produce this. It has to be documented,” Cooper said, referring to having the trip accepted by Guinness World Records.

    The Guild has been in contact with the Guinness office in London, who confirmed the organization does not endorse or support equestrian travel claims.

    The Texas air-condition repair man turned equestrian traveller, concluded, “It’s going to take a couple million dollars. This is going to be big-time. It’s not going to be a little event that nobody’s going to recognize. I’m almost overwhelmed, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

    Though Cooper hasn’t even reached the Pacific, his wish to be recognized has come true, as his poorly planned journey is now the centre of global outrage.


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