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her a try.”
The horse did just what J.C. said— she’d slide too far, and Davis started slipping legs on her.
“Then last fall, I started riding her more when I got home,” Davis said. “I almost got her a little short for a while. It took a little bit of that too-muchslide out of her. She’s basically learned to stop in the middle of a slide. Instead of sliding until she comes to a complete stop, when I pull on her, she will stick her front feet in the ground to stop herself, and it’s just right.”
Davis rode the horse at the BFI in 2014, and plans to use her at 50 of his 75 rodeos this year to take the pressure off Slim Shady.
Davis rode a pony that worked like a big horse until he was 12 years old, so the shot from that low to the ground comes natural to him.
“My pony, and now my horses, stop so hard,” Davis said. “It’s the way I learned to ride them, so I naturally use my feet. A horse that wants to work on its butt really fts me. All my horses are reining cowhorses. They’re all naturally on their butts and they know how to turn a corner. They square up and I can drive them in there, so it really fts my style perfectly.”
While both horses might be tiny and cowy, they’ve also got more than enough speed to keep up with the best in the world.
“Slim Shady shines at Salinas,” Davis said of the long score, big running set up at California Rodeo Salinas. “He always gives me a good start, and there aren’t very many heel horses—probably Taz (owned by Kinney Harrell) and Slim Shady—that keep up with the head horses in that set up.”
“Bottom line, I’ve been really fortunate. I’ve had really good horses who really drag their butts and who’ve held up. I’m really excited about 2015.” Alfalfa and Renew Gold
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