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The Electric Slide

Western saddle showstopper only part of equestrian appeal

By Stefan Cooper
Blount Press Row

Lauren Kiningham puts Nugget into a power slide at the Last Lap Ranch recently. Photos by Jolanda Jansma

Lauren Kiningham puts Nugget into a lope at the far end of the paddock.

Halfway down the far rail, she sprinted.

A horse the size of the one Kiningham is aboard is more than mere spectacle with the gas all the way on. The ground shakes as Nugget pounds past.

As the turn nears, Kiningham doesn’t let up. Nugget is pouring on tremendous speed. Strides from disaster, Kiningham instructs Nugget to slide.

That’s right, slide.

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