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Wizard Session 77; JR Session 32: Holding Pattern

April 20, 2009


Sunday, 4/19/09

This was my last visit with the boys until I return from Kentucky. Not as much of a training session as it was playtime and an opportunity to make sure they both were ready for some time off. I’ve traveled many times during the years when I owned Alibar and it was a different feeling when I left- not as intense.

I made sure Wizard had plenty of Alfa Supreme and I made sure both horses were exercised, clean, and comfortable. Both horses had free-longeing sessions. JR kicked up his heels, bounced around when he saw deer in the woods, and played for a little bit, and then he was quite responsive. I’ve seen a nice change in his interaction with me- he is more attentive. I was able to get a trot and a canter in both directions in a HUGE arena, with JR stopping and walking toward me on command. When we were done, I cooled him out at a walk on the longe line- he gave me a really nice walk.

Wizard was also happy to get out and stretch his legs, run, and buck a little. He is so much fun to work at liberty. The combination of his desire to move out and his willingness to respond to me makes him a really cool horse. He’s also quite fit! Even after what I thought was a good workout, he had not broken a sweat and was not even breathing hard by the time I cooled him out. When I return from my trip, I will have the vet look at Wizard and hopefully we can move out of this holding pattern. In the meantime, the boys can kick back and relax.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. oregonsunshine permalink
    April 20, 2009 12:43 am

    Have a good trip!

  2. April 20, 2009 2:44 pm

    Another beautiful photo of Wizard. Have a safe trip.

    Do you have any recommendations for a lens to upgrade to for horse photos? I have a Canon Rebel Xti, and I just take pictures for personal use (so I don’t want to spend thousands, but I know a decent lens can be pricey). The lens it came with is an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.

  3. April 20, 2009 3:54 pm

    Thank you very much!

    The best all-around lens for horse portraits and sports is hands-down the 70-200mm f2.8 (or the cheaper but still wonderful 80-200mm f2.8). A longer focal length is vital to avoiding lens distortion (big horsey head, tiny body, etc) and the wide aperture is great for sharpness and good exposure in a range of lighting.

  4. April 20, 2009 6:45 pm

    Hang on.
    Lemme write that down.

    I assume those Nikon lenses will work on the Canon’s with some sort of an adapter.
    I’ll lay you 4/5 odds. 😀

  5. April 20, 2009 9:56 pm

    Canon has its own f2.8 80-200mm and f2.8 70-200mm lenses. Both companies usually carry very similar models for their respective cameras. And Canon is usually a little less expensive :^)

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