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Rearing racehorse eases into work without tack

Frankie wasn’t always such an agreeable guy. Hell no. The fiery black gelding had the impish little habit of grabbing the bit, rearing, and taking off with his rider as if galloping with the Headless Horseman through the streets of Sleepy Hollow. “He was pretty intense,” says Kristen Savage, an elementary school teacher from Indiana who has owned and ridden the horse she calls Frankie, on and off, since she was 13. Frankie was 7 when he came into the young teen’s life. And though Savage lacked the skills to correct his sometimes-frightening behavior, she was determined to make the most […]