Farriers go a long way for the love of horses, whether by providing special care to those they serve or by driving long miles to a home or barn. For one farrier, this meant climbing 19,341 feet.
“We climbed through five different habitats, going from the dusty plains of East Africa, through jungle and moorland all the way to the icy summit,” Sutton told Horse & Hound.
Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania, is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. The journey took 10 days, the brothers climbing from July 24-Aug. 3, 2017.
“I didn’t expect it to be as tough as it was,” says Sutton. “It made it worthwhile when we got to the summit, though.”
Their fundraising also made it worthwhile.
“Growing up, I can’t remember a time that horses weren’t a big part of my life. This is the reason I chose to raise money for World Horse Welfare,” says Sutton.
World Horse Welfare is a U.K. organization that rescues, rehomes and rehabilitates horses, in addition to educating owners, to address and prevent neglect of and cruelty toward horses.
“I have been a farrier for around seven years and I am lucky enough to say that I have a job that I enjoy,” says Sutton.
As for others who might be considering the climb, “Do not take this challenge lightly, but if you do, be prepared for one of the most amazing experiences you can come across.”