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    And as if you couldn't tell by the look of anguish, fear, and confusion on my face...this is only my second time trying to gallop a horse. Note I said: trying.

    I could stand to go a little shorter on the irons, I suppose. My friend who took the picture is a show rider and was yelling, "Lengthen your irons! Keep your head up! LOOSEN YOUR REINS!" to which I would yell back, "NO! THATS NOT HOW RACEHORSES WORK!" to which she would respond, "Well she isn't a racehorse anymore, she's a SHOW HORSE! SHOOOOWWW HOOOOORRRSSEEE!"

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    And as if you couldn't tell by the look of anguish, fear, and confusion on my face...this is only my second time trying to gallop a horse. Note I said: trying.

    I could stand to go a little shorter on the irons, I suppose. My friend who took the picture is a show rider and was yelling, "Lengthen your irons! Keep your head up! LOOSEN YOUR REINS!" to which I would yell back, "NO! THATS NOT HOW RACEHORSES WORK!" to which she would respond, "Well she isn't a racehorse anymore, she's a SHOW HORSE! SHOOOOWWW HOOOOORRRSSEEE!"

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    yo you know,it's not so bad,if you could get some bend in yourknee, , and "a "cross", ie.,bridge your reins, so your weight goes over the withers, I think you will feel more comfortable, and not feel the need to hollow your back , or, raise your head that much.it's more lifting your eyes to follow your horses' neck up to thearea between the ears.closing, and opening he area betwen the tbottom ofthe skull,occiput, and your spine., it's like flexing your poll.
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    My reins ARE crossed....

    that was another thing we were arguing about... http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif Hunter people like to have their hands lifted off the horse's neck and that just doesn't work for race stuff. My mom used to gallop and ALWAYS told me to cross my reins, it's the easiest way to gather them up if the horse bolts. And it's really useful if you're a bad rider, heheheheh.
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    "There's a fine line between genius and madness. I've removed that line." -Super Genius/me



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    Now, Soup - Give yourself some credit !!

    This is new to you. You look wonderful. Just be safe & be happy.

    That is so cool !

    I used to be a racehorse groom. They were the best years of my life. "Normal" jobs are often vastly overrated.



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    Thanks!

    No, the horse isn't mine. But she IS spunky (got run off with, dropped me, ran me over....). She's 17.2, it was a long way to fall http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    I loved grooming! I'm off the track for a little while to get back into school, though. I think grooming is underrated in comparison to galloping. You get more bonding time with your horses, it's great!

    But I've still been begging for 3 years now to gallop. Moms are a pain.
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    Grooming is also a little better in the 'Gee, what mortal injury will I face today?' department. Although, the closest I ever came to being killed by an equine was while I was holding a hunter breeding yearling ... hmmm http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif

    Don't worry, Soup - when I galloped at the track, I got yelled at for looking too much like 'a prissy show rider,' and now I get yelled at for looking like 'one of those yahoos from the track.' I have come to the conclusion that there is no happy medium. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif



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    After being run off with, thinking race trainers did nothing but wave white handkerchiefs at me from the gap and sworn at in Spanish for three full weeks..this old hunter jock learned to sit [stand] chilly, make a bridge and NEVER take a second hold...It'll come. Avoid being sent to neighboring shedrows inquiring as to the whereabouts of "the key to the quarter pole"...and don't stand like an idiot at the far wall when hotwalkers scream whoa back, stop their horses and glare at you..this ain't an equitation barn where your told what to do from dawn to dusk. In mere weeks, you'll be watching some poor new soul and asking "whose the f**ing new guy"? What an idiot. LOL!! You'll pay your dues..but it's worth it http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif
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    There's no such thing as a "saddle stretcher" either.... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif
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    Yeah Hobie..I asked for that little doozie in Vanderbilt's barn. God. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif Some other information to show riders debuting at the track:
    That mean looking exercise rider IS going to purposely break off at your nag's shoulder to breeze, so you can YET AGAIN be run off with.

    When the groom informs you, in regard to the shoulder dropping, propping bitch of a filly he's throwing you up on, "She be back through the tunnel [Belmont] without you in five
    minutes..she will.

    Your upper arms will soon resemble a Russian weight lifter's, and you can kiss that favorite little sleeveless Givenchy number goodbye.

    Nobody cares about your third place in the Medal Finals, that you rode with George, or even knows what the hell you are talking about.

    It will be some of the most successful jocks and trainers, when you least expect it, that will be generous with their time and expertise. You will be lost in admiration and gratitude for these folks, and remember their advice to your dying day.

    And finally, if you perservere, you'll be happily galloping a nice set of horses, flying past Ruffian's grave or such on a beautiful track.. and lost in wonder that you're being paid to to this thing.
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    Wow, if she's that tall, then you mus be pretty tall too!

    Put those hands down on that horse's neck! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif
    NOt all riders exercize with super short irons...I know I don't. BUt shortening them just a tad would probably give you more stability.

    Having fun yet?
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    I second EVERYTHING Racetb says....forgot about the saddle stretcher. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif
    Crike, I had hands that looked like Mickey Mouse (remember "Out the back door" for someone who lost their hold and flipped off the back?), very man-like, minus hairy knuckles. Rings go along the way of the Givenchy.
    There's a "gotcha" around every corner, no place where you can be so politically incorrect and have so much fun picking. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif A total hoot most times. No place to hide either.... But since Soup's been a super-groom for a few (dishing OUT her share I bet), she'll RECEIVE some punishment for a change http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_razz.gif, moohahahahahahttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...on_biggrin.gif
    (shorten up a bit for leverage on those tougher ones)
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    No, we're laughing with you, right? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif Are your eyes closed? It looks like you're thinking something along the lines of "don't fall off don't fall off don't fall off".

    17.2? Daaaymn, girrrrl! That's like falling from the Empire State building -- and believe me, I know...I did it last week at speed (ouch.)

    Yup, agreeing with the folks who have suggested shortening the stirrups a bit.



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    Thought you pulled a picture out of my archives...does that ever take me back...(no, I am too bad to galopp for anybody worth a flip, but I had my own to get dumped by http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...s/winkgrin.gif)

    Put them hands down - it's a weird feeling at first but it'll grow on you (try a longish canter through the country side!)

    Shorten stirrups, believe it or not, shorter is better when you encounter a runaway or one that pulls like an Ox! One of ours ran off with my dad once...can't remember how many laps she did, but I think she easily equaled the distance of the Grand National! My dad was sore (stomack) for a week! (The horse, too, but hey, she could've stopped! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...n_rolleyes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/yes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_wink.gif)

    You look OK!
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    .............and when someone suggests you try riding a little acey deucey..they're not implying you change sexual preferences
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    http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif

    All you guys are too funny!

    I don't think I'll need to be riding acey duecey just yet (or, for the other meaning...ever!). I unintentionally ride acey deucy all the time, usually because the horse starts trotting off with me before I have time to even up http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c...icon_smile.gif

    RaceTB: I was lucky, mom was on the track for awhile so no one was able to send me out for keys to the quarter pole OR saddle stretchers.

    I've still had a number of tricks played on me though. My favorite was pulled on me by a trainer who's like my uncle.

    One day, we were making the long trip back from Pimlico, and for the first half of the trip I was a livewire, rambling on about my day, and then halfway through I fell asleep. Waiting for the perfect moment, he hits the brakes and yells, "JACKALOPE!!!! JEEESSSUUSSS!!!". I shot up like a rocket, and him and his groom were dying laughing. They said with the way I was sprawled up against the back window, I looked like one of those Garfields with the suction cups on my hands http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...milies/lol.gif

    He's gotten me in a number of ways. I was doing my nails in the kitchen one day (oh yeah, THAT'S not going to get you picked on at the track!) and he turns around and says (loudly) to this guy I had a crush on, "Hey! Jeff! Don't her nails look PRETTY?" http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...ilies/uhoh.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...ilies/uhoh.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/cu...ilies/uhoh.gif

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    God, at least you had a clue Soup!! I had been coddled by my yearling groundman at Rokeby for years [God bless you, Leroy]...and got thrown into the NY race mix [I wanna say Steve Dimauro's barn..it was a century ago] with a horrible old groom who would lead out every steed, shank it up short, glare at me and say "YOU ridin' dis horse??!!" while shaking his head in disgust. Then I had a big badass colt that lived for shedrow jog day in Baeza's barn. Said groom would walk over just to watch this monster SLAM me into the far turn wall EVERY time around, and cackle like a loon EVERY time he did it. Glad I made somebody's day http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_c.../icon_cool.gif
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    Oh and Soup..This is Daisy, Ripton Farm's resident Patagonian Cavy. She has a habitat in the courtyard of the farm..I sometimes put little antlers on her collar and people leave swearing Jackalopes actually exist and they've seen one!!
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    OOPS..here's Daisy..I hope.
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