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RE: [RC] agile arab at Swanton Pacific - Ranelle Rubin

Keep the horse, replace the snap!! Sounds like you have a great horse..

Ranelle Rubin

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At the Swanton Pacific 75 ride last weekend I was going up a steep
narrow uphill switch backed trail and was about half way up the
mountain. Suddenly my Arab gelding Steele just stopped and started
sliding backward.  His front legs were up and well extended since the
hill was about a 40 degree grade at that point.  To our left was the
side of the mountain even steeper than what was ahead of us, to our
right was a hundred plus foot drop off and the whole trail was only 2-3
feet wide in most places. At first it felt like he was going to fall
over backwards. Somehow while standing on his hind legs with his front
feet up in the air like the Lone Ranger's horse Silver he managed to
pivot to the right on his hind legs.  At the 90 degree point he had hind
feet on the trail and his front legs up in the air like a dog sitting up
begging for a bone.  At this point my brain was telling me to bale off
the horse but when I looked down and saw nothing but air decided that we
would both be dying together.  At that point my screams became even
louder and sounded more terrified (if possible).  Steele continued to
make a turn on the haunches scooting his hind legs in place and keeping
them somehow on the trail and continuing with his right handed circle
until some how he placed his front legs back down again on the trail
facing down hill (180 degrees) from our starting point.  We were now
sliding down the trail and he was scrambling with all four legs to stay
on the trail.   We finally came to a stop with me sitting half in the
saddle and half on Steele's neck and one foot still in the stirrup. I
hopped off on the up hill side holding on to the horse so I wouldn't
slide under him and off the trail.   At this point I thought we may live
and started to hear Carl Bruno further up the trail asking if I was
alright.  Steele stood their shaking and I did the same.  I thought he
must have had some major medical problem to have this happen and started
looking him over.  Then I saw his breast collar tie-down strap dangling
between his front legs.  The brass snap that attaches it to the girth
had broken in two and his saddle slid back making it impossible for him
to move his back legs up the steep incline.  After correcting the saddle
placement and reattaching the breast collar strap with a spare snap he
wanted to turn around and continue while I wanted to hand walk down the
hill and regroup.  We compromised at a turn of the switch back which was
slightly wider and he turned into the hillside and was again in the
correct direction to continue.  I still was pretty shook up but mounted
and he continued up that steep grade without any hesitation.  Later when
I caught up with Carl he described how he looked back when he heard my
screams and saw Steele reared up on two feet and thought that we would
go over the edge. 




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