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Wizard Ride 250: I Close My Eyes

June 24, 2011

Wizard

Wednesday, 6/22/11

Before work, I rode Wizard in the outdoor arena. I feel better about any of my concerns about him not being quite himself- he was perfectly 100% normal. I warmed him up at the walk and trot and then began our “homework” from our lesson last Thursday. I concentrated on weight in my stirrups and on opening up my chest. Wizard and I worked on trot and canter poles. In order to remove myself from the equation of him getting tense over canter poles, I shut my eyes as he cantered over them. It helped! I fiddled less with rein and distance and he get less anxious. We did two outside lines and then a pole on the short side. Once he settled into a nice cantering rhythm, we added one cross rail at the end of the ride, so he was cantering a little “course” of poles and one little jump. It was fun!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2011 1:40 am

    1967 Bee Gees?
    Hadn’t heard that one – ever. And I actually like some of their stuff.

    But… my choice would have been…
    Night Ranger’s passionate When You Close Your Eyes…. circa 1984

  2. June 24, 2011 12:21 pm

    Glad he’s back to himself!

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