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[RC] Cougar Rock Now & Then - heidi larson

It's the cheering, clapping and photo-taking that worry me!
I ride a spook-fest and that might send him over the
edge!!!  My husband and I watched the video - he
(non-horsey) was horrified.  I thought the view from down
low made it look so EASY, but the upper view IS scary
looking!  Funny what an angle can do?  I guess we can all
be glad that the trail goes up it, rather than down!

Heidi and Kalasha (who doesn't appreciate applause!)

--- jeanne pepper <pepperja@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

The first time I rode over the rock was in 1980 at my
first endurance race,which happened to be the Tevis...I
know,don't ask! But at that time I was totally surprized
by all the people standing on the rock ,watching,taking
photos etc. to even pay much attention to the climb.I had
trained my horse in preparation to jump up or go over
anything I pointed him at & had a lifetime training in
jumping that really helped me stay balanced & not
interfere with my horse's forward movement.
  The second time over the rock was 25 years later.This
time I was surprized by how small the rock seemed but
also it was much smoother surfaced with less "footholds"
to use for traction.Again,my horse had been well-schooled
to "go forward" up & over anything I presented to him &
he is a natural climber so he never missed a beat heading
up & over,even earned applause & cheering by the folks
watching.The entire trail offers dangers & all you can do
is to know your horse as well as you can & what he's
capable of & give him the best preparation for responding
to the challanges and go for it.Like jumping,you never
look down..always forward to where you're going & throw
your heart over.
  Oh yeh,if i do Tevis again...I'll go over the rock.

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[RC] Cougar Rock Now & Then, jeanne pepper