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Horseman follows nose to the Hill

Friday, 13th March, 2020

Allan ‘Saddletramp’ Carne has set up camp on the outskirts of Broken Hill on his travels through the Far West. PICTURE: Myles Burt Allan ‘Saddletramp’ Carne has set up camp on the outskirts of Broken Hill on his travels through the Far West. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Raised riding horses, stockman Allan ‘Saddletramp’ Carne has made it to Broken Hill on his way through Australia. 

Mr Carne said he’d been travelling with his two horses, a ute, a wagon and an RV  for the past 15 years and had now ridden down from Queensland into the Snowy Mountains and west to Broken Hill.

He said he doesn’t worry too much about where he goes next and just follows his nose. 

He moves by driving each car up while leading one of his horses then riding that horse back to his last camping spot to collect the next vehicle.

“Just to move five kilometres is a lot of work,” Mr Carne said.

“You’ve got to have really good animals, good horses and good dogs.

“You’ve got to be careful, anything can happen.”

A difficult task, but Mr Carne said his set-up was easier than his previous work mustering 800 head of cattle and 20 horses.

“This is more of a lifestyle than it is work, I don’t call it work. I’m just a cowboy, a bush cowboy.”

Spending every day on the road, Mr Carne said he’d had some difficult times - a horse might run off, leaving him to try and find it and bring it back to camp. 

He said he had about a thousand stories under his belt from his numerous trips, having taught people about the bush, taking them pack saddling, camping and for rides in his horse-drawn cart. 

To maintain the travelling life, Mr Carne sells leather belts and whips from the back of his wagon. 

He also makes items out of junk he finds on the side of the road, and collects animal skulls to sell. 

One of his creations was what he called a “Roodeer” - deer antlers on a kangaroo skull. 

Mr Carne said he was always up for a chat as long as people don’t talk “rubbish”. 

He said he’ll move out of Broken Hill soon to camp on the Darling River after hearing that it was flowing again.

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