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Re: [RC] cover photo - rides2far

And Angie, > I love your safety cages! (Choose not to use them 
myself.)  When 
your time is > up, it's up.  

We thought Kara Drisbow's time was up at Biltmore this year. Her horse
fell on its side with her, then when it jumped up she found that her foot
on the *top* side had slipped thorugh the stirrup. The horse bolted
through the woods. She had on a paddock boot with half chap on top.
Fortunately, her boot came off (miracle) and she came loose. I guess her
time up but, faulty paddock boots didn't stay on so her time suddenly
*wasn't* up? :-)

I too have seen the view, laying on my back looking up at a running horse
that's dragging me. Not something you forget. In my case I was riding in
a race at a bush track. When my horse came out of the starting gates the
billet on my cheap English saddle popped (it was just nailed to the
tree). I felt something wrong but the saddle didn't go under his belly
until the far turn about 1/4 mile into the race and WIDE open. I had on
boots with a heel, and the stirrups were the kind that are supposed to
release on a jumping saddle. Neither saved me from getting hung up.  I
just remember looking up and thinking "I'm drug" (my pronunciation of
past tense drag), then the other billet gave and I just tumbled and at
some point sat *really* hard on that steel stirrup at 30 mph or so. 
Let's just say my first epesiotomy was 7 stitches did not involve giving
birth.  I love my cages. When somebody tells me *my* time's up I'll

Angie (who teaches without a bullet proof vest!)


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