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Wizard Rides 227, 228, 229, 230: Screws Get Loose

May 9, 2011

Wizard

Tuesday, 5/3/11

After a great day photographing racing at Atlantic City Race Course, I hurried to the barn to catch the last bit of daylight. I took a trail ride with my two barn friends and their mares, Lily and Philly. We took the short loop and got back just before dark. I then did some ring work with Wizard, who was feeling fresh from the erratic riding schedule. I rode him in a Stubben EZ Control D-Ring , and he seemed to like it. I focused on lateral work, and by the end of our ride, he was softening and relaxing nicely.

Wednesday, 4/27/11

Great ride! I really concentrated on doing specific exercises and did not let myself meander around the ring. We did transitions from walk to trot, which made our canter departures very balanced. I was even able to get a walk to a canter! We did some bending work, which dovetailed into softer circles. It was one of the best rides we’ve had in a while.

The Little Engine that Could

Tuesday, 4/26/11

Bath day for Wizard! I also rode him outside and he was a little unfocused. I’m not sure if it was the bugs or my riding, but he was not as good as he was on Monday.

Monday, 4/25/11

Wizard and I took a trail ride at a walk, and then did some relaxed work in the arena, focusing on stretching exercises and loosening his topline. He was happily snorting and seemed to enjoy the work.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 11, 2011 10:47 am

    Holy fancy trot, Batman! He looks fantastic – and so do you – light and balanced. Very pretty picture in every sense.

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