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Natalie and Chic at a recent R.A.C.E. Fund, Inc. charity horse show

Bucking mare with bad rep is now show horse

Some of the rumors were true. Chic Slavique could buck on the lunge line so violently she appeared to be doing headstands. She’d had a tough life, and she could be fierce. Especially when bucking for all the world like a bronco, and not the broodmare she actually was. But underneath the tough exterior beat the heart of a true friend, a good horse looking only for someone to unlock her potential. “The first time I rode her, I put a western saddle on to give myself a fighting chance,” recalls Nora Tarpley, a horse trainer with 30 years experience […]