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Wizard Rides 189 and 190: The Sweat Descends

October 18, 2010

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Wednesday, 10/13/10

Wizard and I had one of those really delightful autumn evening rides where the air is cool and a little damp. I got a really cute quarter sheet as an early birthday gift, and I used it to keep Wizard’s muscles warm. We did a really straightforward ride, focusing on fitness. I rode with my stirrups a hole short to let my heels sink into the stirrups a little better. We walked, trotted, and cantered in each direction with very light contact. The biggest reward of the night was when Wizard was seeking contact on the bit on his own. It was really cool! At the end of the ride, Wizard was steamy and a little sweaty but happy. His coat is growing longer- it is very fine compared to his barn buddies, but it still takes extra care to cool him off in the chilly weather.

Thursday, 10/14/10

Another straightforward ride. I have a riding lesson on Saturday so I kept things pretty light. We rode in the outdoor arena again, and did light, forward work at the walk, trot, and canter. Wizard was quite keen on long-and-low work at the trot. I rode a 5-stride line from a cross rail to a vertical, but the line was really a lonnnnng 4-stride or a short 5-stride. We kept hitting the second fence a little off rhythm. It was nothing bad, but just another little hint that I need a professional to help me take the next step with our jumping.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2010 11:01 am

    OMG!! I LOVE this picture!!! You really need to put together a calendar. This, of course, having been taken in October and because of the colors, should be on the October page. I would totally buy your calendar.

  2. October 18, 2010 1:02 pm

    what a completely outstanding photo!

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