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The Martini Glass

The Martini Glass

Postby Late Starter » Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:20 pm

There is a racehorse rehoming centre near us called Heros. They do a very good open day. A couple of weeks ago we went along. The weather was foul, but they had good demonstrations from a local farrier, an equine chiropractor and an equine sports masseuse. Poking around the various buildings that were open to the public, we found a guy with an equiciser (is that how you spell it?). He was showing people how to get into the Martini Glass position. He visibly winced when I called it the Monkey Perch. Anyway he was happy to spend some time showing me and Katherine some of the basics. It turns out that he was Mark Bradburn. In a ten year career as a National Hunt jockey he rode 350 winners and came third in the 2004 Grand National. He quit after the third time he broke his back and is now a jockey coach and as nice and as patient a man as you could wish to meet. In my opinion he does not need to prove his courage in any other way. I thought you might be amused to see some of the photos of me and Katherine having a go.

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Re: The Martini Glass

Postby spottygiraffe » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:30 pm

Very cool! I think Katherine has got it nailed :wink:
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Re: The Martini Glass

Postby Chevalblanc » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:03 am

Big posh round pen they've got......

The whole thing looks jolly uncomfortable to me. I wonder how they decided it was the best way to ride a racehorse? The certainly never used to ride like that if you look at the old pictures.... :hmmm:

Talking of fake horses, the one from the RDA tent at Badminton is spending a few weeks at Tumpy Green, must go and check it out.....
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Re: The Martini Glass

Postby Chevalblanc » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:07 pm

We all got a go on Henry today, the NO thinks cantering on him is much more fun than a real horse :lol: :joust:

Smoother canter than any horse I've ever ridden, can see why it's a good teaching tool :wink:

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Re: The Martini Glass

Postby Trudi » Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:30 pm

spottygiraffe wrote:Very cool! I think Katherine has got it nailed :wink:


Yes, really good balance there Katherine :thumbup:
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Re: The Martini Glass

Postby littlewhitehorse » Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:23 pm

:thumbup: They both look great fun, love to have a go on them!
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Postby Trudi » Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:27 pm

missed the NO video :thumbup:
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