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post #1 of 42 Old 08-19-2010, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Sassy's Tale

Don't know if this is the right section to post this, but I thought I would share a little video of me riding Sassy


(Again, I am no expert rider--I am not doing dressage, eventing, etc. with my horse--I just rescued a racehorse who apparently wanted to do little more than ride trails--my "riding style," bitless, shoeless, and bareback, is to stay in the middle and stay on.)

There are other vids of her under my youtube channel, if anyone is interested.

I think most interesting of all is her story and how I came to get her. If you google "Second Chance Ranch" (a rescue organization in WA), you will see a story "A Family Rescues A Racehose Who Rescued Them," and that is her story.

Anyway, thought I would share. Would love to see more vids of you with your horses and the stories of how they came to you.
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post #2 of 42 Old 08-19-2010, 04:51 PM
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Such a beautiful mare! She's soo calm too! Wish my horses were like that :) And I'll have to look that up!

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
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That's the amazing thing about her, her natural composure, especially after such a dreadful racing career...and this vid was only one week after we started riding. I was VERY nervous the first time I got aboard, having heard all kinds of horror stories, but she just went along like a dream from the beginning, and my 8 year old can ride her in the roundpen (with my direct supervision) with no problems.
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your use of the reins looks a little funny, but she seems like a very calm/relaxed horse. she's doing very well and you both look like you're enjoying yourselves :P
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I am up for constructive advise--tell me what you mean by the rein handling
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i just noticed at about 20 seconds when you are turning to the right you used both hands to signal. it seemed like you were still getting your seat/leaning foreward so maybe that's why? using both hands to steer may confuse her, so relaxing the opposite hand and pulling the signaling hand back (instead of outwards) may help.
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Hey i Named my horse Sassy too.. well its Sassy Brat..lol R.Name is Sedona Circle!!
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post #8 of 42 Old 08-19-2010, 06:07 PM
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oh! and just adding this because it always helped me when riding bareback (not because you're doing it wrong)- keep your heels down and toes up even though you arent using a saddle because it flexes your muscles and helps your seat/balance. using this technique i'm able to trot/canter in circles with complete balance and no worry of sliding off :)
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I read the story of her adoption- that is awesome! She looks like a friendly and easygoing girl!
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Thanks, Justinebee. I am still struggling with my seat. And for whatever reason, keeping those toes up is very difficult for me (though not when I have stirrups). Is there any way really to approximate saddle-sitting while riding bareback? I have no difficulty with seat in a saddle, but I find I move around more bareback. I am trying to keep a saddle off of her for now but plan to get an English saddle when I do.
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