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Re: [RC] Cougar Rock video - geckogal85@xxxxxxxxx

If my horse was that upset about that climb and there was the option to go around. I wouldn't have risked his safety for a picture

Roxanne Ciccone <runawaywoman@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
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
>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
>
>Life's a journey, so enjoy the ride (and try not to fall off)
>
>
>
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