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post #1 of 9 Old 09-09-2016, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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Reins break, jockey still guides horse to win

Anyone see this pretty incredible story? This horse's reins break halfway through the race, and the jockey manages to grab mane and still guide him to win the race! That's composure under pressure! Any of our race folks ever see something like this?

http://www.paulickreport.com/news/people/no-steering-no-problem-veteran-meneses-wins-gulfstreams-first-without-reins
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That is so cool!
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I haven't seen it before, but WOAH! That is so awesome! My only question is was the equipment not maintained or is this just a freak accident?

That's the key example of why you shouldn't balance on the reins, lol.
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That was awesome to watch!
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Yikes! I wouldn't be as worried about the race as I would be getting the horse to stop!
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There was no way he was going to stop, so I guess he figured you might as well hang on and enjoy the ride.

The gelding was a 4 year old. I guess it was a matter of two professionals working together. Funny, it didn't look like the horse really noticed the difference.

Very cool. Thanks for posting.
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I've never seen or heard of anything like this! Wowwwwww!
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Yeah, I see no real change, other than maybe stopping. I don't watch them to the end, so IDK how they cue them to stop. But these horses know the pattern and it's a full speed circle. We have all seen horses keep going on course w/o a rider, even finishing jumps, so reins lost in this case means little.
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Yeah, I see no real change, other than maybe stopping. I don't watch them to the end, so IDK how they cue them to stop. But these horses know the pattern and it's a full speed circle. We have all seen horses keep going on course w/o a rider, even finishing jumps, so reins lost in this case means little.
Jockey stood up and the pony/outrider grabbed him.


So cool!! I love those hard-knockers that know their job. Chia Ghost seems to have finally puzzled out what his job is, he's had a wonderful 2016 and has actually run really decent numbers. He'll probably move up in class next out.
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