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Re: [RC] Cougar Rock video - Roxanne Ciccone

Kristi,
   I am not sure it is the steepest part of the trail, but for me it was the 
scariest. My horse Shar-po and I attempted Tevis on the 50th Anniversary ride.
We started to ascend Cougar Rock and Shar-Po went half way up and then ran back 
down, as he could see all the riders going around. He did this three times. I 
was so determined to go over as we had come all the way from Florida that I let 
one of the runners help me get him started up a 4th time and we made it over. I 
must admit in my picture the horse looks awesome, but I sadly was hanging on 
his mouth with the reins. I have never been so scared, I don't know if I would 
do it again if I have the chance. I really wanted that picture. There is a 
shadow in the picture behind my horse,it is of the runner who helped me, his 
name was Gordon I beleive. I will be forever grateful to him as the beautiful 
picture is hung proudly over my fireplace.
Roxanne Ciccone
SE #11495

-----Original Message-----
From: Kristi Schaaf <iluvdez@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Jul 31, 2007 10:26 AM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC]   Cougar Rock video

I just watched the 9 minute You Tube video, and for
those of you who have been over it (or around it, I
should say, as that's what everyone except one person
did in the video), please share feedback on the best
way to get safely over it. In the video, I saw a few
people actually canter their horses over most of it
(seemed awfully high risk to me?) and other people
allow their horses to take one tentative step at a
time. A few horse/rider pairs looked really in synch
doing it and made it look fairly effortless, but the
vast majority were not, er, pretty. And I was really
surprised at how many people seemed to use the reins
to 'hold' themselves on. I held my breath during much
of the video, afraid that I might see someone
literally flip over backwards. Please tell me that
that IS the steepest section on the whole Tevis trail!

Kristi

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