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    08-19-2010, 05:23 PM
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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    08-19-2010, 05:51 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!
    08-19-2010, 06:01 PM
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.
    08-19-2010, 06:23 PM
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
    08-19-2010, 06:26 PM
I am up for constructive advise--tell me what you mean by the rein handling
    08-19-2010, 07:03 PM
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.
    08-19-2010, 07:04 PM
Hey I Named my horse Sassy too.. well its Sassy R.Name is Sedona Circle!!
    08-19-2010, 07:07 PM
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 :)
    08-19-2010, 07:18 PM
I read the story of her adoption- that is awesome! She looks like a friendly and easygoing girl!
    08-19-2010, 07:26 PM
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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