raft horse enthusiast Daisy Sadler is currently undertaking a 1,000- mile journey from

using just a Gypsy top wagon, her

Banbury to Edinburgh and back, usi


her two faithful Belgium draught hor Col

rses, Olive and Arthur, and llie cross Tad, to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity. D

Daisy, 73, who is covering around 50 miles a week via the UK’s minor roa

ed by the tragic story of

ad network, left her Oxfordshire base on Sunday 22nd April and will be on the road for roughly five months. InspirI

Imogen Whitby, a two-year-old from


from Daisy’s hometown who sadly died

2017, Daisy is hoping to raise funds for The Brain Tumour charity.

died of a brain tumour in January 201

Fr 4th May – After a relatively quiet start to the trip, today we arly had a terminal disaster.

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A front shoe came loose on Olive this ernoon. With all the traffic noise Ididn’t realise immediately, then struggled to find a suitable place to stop. Ifinally find a half decent verge on a single-track road on the Fosse Way near Hinckley – only for the shoe to nearly come off totally, badly cracking Olive’s hoof. Our farrier Joe Bryant was a huge help, sending me phone numbers of his local colleagues.

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Sat 5th May – A rest day for O&A and I after nearly a week on the road. Sam, a local farrier did his best with a roadside refit. Very kindly free of charge as his contribution to the charity. Although I am concerned that the cracks in Olive’s hoof may cause an issue later on.


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Sun 6th May - Another beautiful day. Taking advice from a friendly Gypsy and Traveller Liaison officer, I have decided to pass Nottingham to the East, so Iam now heading North East. This minor road is straight and fast, and after three hours, any little lay-by must do. O&A don’t mind and as always remain impervious to high-speed passing traffic, bless them. On again in the afternoon, heading for Cotgrave. Istruggle to find suitable verges and didn’t want to ask too much of O&A on a hot day, a quick call to base camp (my husband Josh) and a minor re-route led to the Stragglethorpe road. Relief. A superb verge to set up camp for the night, and Iswitch on my ‘Find my i-phone’ so Josh can locate me.

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Mon 7th May - After a surprisingly hot weekend Iwas beginning to run out of water. I’d not fully filled my 150+ litre water tank before setting off as a full tank is heavy so with enough water for the day, I elect to stay put. Later, I found one of Olive’s rear shoes

in the grass….. a quick Google search turns up a service station just beyond the junction where I can top up our water. I then Google ‘Find-a-Farrier’.

Tuesday 8th May – The search for a farrier is successful. David Ward, just 2 miles away, can drop by after lunch. I quickly hitch up and carefully pop over to the service station, telling Olive not to work too hard on her bare foot. While filling my water carriers, I

notice the wagon’s front tyre is flat. Interesting. More Googling. Idraw a blank on a tyre fitter that can help at short notice as the tyres are not standard stock items and start to lose hope as Irishman Kenny appears. Tyrefix UK he says. In what seemed no time, tyre expert Alec appeared and mended my puncture by the side of the road, without even taking the wheel off. Clever. No sooner had Alec gone than David

appeared and like farriers Samand James before him, was happy to contribute his work to the Charity. This A46 junction is a friendly one, with lots of friendly faces, kind donations and food parcels, as well as cuddles and polos for O&A. With everyone and everything back on all fours, and enough water on board, we carry on. Then it all went wrong again – it’s

been a busy day, I must have been going fuzzy. Suddenly Iwas going down a slip road onto the A46 dual carriageway. Nightmare. Iturn on all the flashers and lights, duck down, hug the kerb and pray. It seemed like the longest section of dual carriageway ever. At last an exit slowly crept into view, and with huge relief, I dived down into the sanctuary it offered and stopped to recover. I check my map only to find Ihave

picked a junction where all the exit roads went south. After a Google Map search and much contemplation, Inotice a little lane over the other side of the junction going South-East, and head back to the junction for the night. After finding a good verge, Arthur promptly sat down. It had all been a bit too much.

Wed 9th May – Early start down a lovely little lane to Screveton. Suddenly all is right with the world again. Ithread



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