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Runbridled and Tennessee barrel racer Melanie Lyell are a couple of renegades in Quarter Horse country. And soon they'll be running barrels at the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover Show.

OTTB ‘shock and awe’ in Quarter Horse country

The most shocking part about riding a Thoroughbred in Quarter Horse country is how easy it’s been. So says longtime barrel racer Melanie Lyell of Tennessee. There were no explosive moments. No funny business with orange barrels. And the only thing that has been “run away with” is the heart of the equestrian who says her jaw drops nearly every day she places a western saddle on the back of her seasoned ex-racehorse Runbridled and goes for a slow, steady ride. “Before I adopted Runbridled, I’d heard so many stories in the Quarter Horse world,” says Lyell, a Tennessee equestrian. […]