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By Carlos E. Medina
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Robin Schadt can't remember exactly what spooked her 13-year-old Arabian named Maruf as she rode the gelding through the Goethe State Forest in Levy County recently, but whatever it was scared Maruf enough that he ran into the dense woods and seemingly disappeared.
"He dumped me. I took a pretty good hit to the head. It threw me for a loop and I'm fuzzy about the details," said Schadt, who was in the forest participating in a 22-mile endurance trail ride on Jan. 12.
Schadt, a standardbred racehorse trainer based in Illinois, spends her winters in South Florida training younger horses for the race track.
"Training is a six day a week job. When I can take a weekend off here or there, I like to participate in endurance riding," she said.
She bought Maruf in 2008 specifically to participate in those types of rides.
"The worst thing was hauling an empty trailer back. It's heartbreaking," she said.
Maruf, who is gray in color, has never run off before. Schadt was riding the Orange Trail in the forest when the horse bolted near Buck Island Pond after they had traveled about 12 miles from the Tidewater Trailhead near Dunnellon...
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