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Wizard Ride 263: Break My Stride

August 1, 2011

"Maybe they will let me run in the Haskell this year..."

Saturday, 7/30/11

Remembering how energetic Wizard was on our last ride, I turned him out in the big arena before our ride on Saturday. Although he gets lots of turnout every day, he seems to thoroughly enjoy really stretching his legs from time to time. More than any horse I know, he runs for the joy of running, ears up, in big loops.

After his playtime, I tacked him up and we rode in the indoor arena. The sun was strong and I like to rotate arenas when possible. I decided to keep a little more contact than usual. When he’s really relaxed, he can ride on the buckle, but the contact on the bit helps our communication and gets him balanced. It seemed like it was a really good idea- Wizard was much more responsive and balanced than he was in our last ride.

We began with a walking warmup, followed by trotting first on the long sides and then working into shapes- shallow serpentines, figure 8s, circles. We worked into some shoulder-in and leg yield in both directions. I incorporated a little turn on the forehand and we are beginning the first few steps of turn on the haunches.

Once our trot work was limber and forward, we got to the canter work. Wizard was still hot, but not even half as hot as he was in our last ride. I went right back to our exercise assignment: simple changes. I asked him to walk in the center of each change in order to really get him thinking and slowing down instead of rushing into the next canter (me too!). He very easily breaks his stride in both upward and downward transitions if my timing is poor or if I rush him. There was some resistance, but also some significant improvement. My timing is getting better and his transitions are getting stronger.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Eldra permalink
    August 1, 2011 6:06 pm

    I have a question. My sister is an artist and she was wondering if she can use your photos as reference for drawings and paintings. I know some photographers don’t like it when people do art from their photos without permission, so I just thought I would ask. Here’s the link to her blog if you want to check her out.

    • August 1, 2011 7:37 pm

      Thank you for asking, Eldra. Unfortunately, due to some bad experiences, I no longer allow people to copy my photos for paintings or drawings. I hope you understand.

    • August 1, 2011 7:44 pm

      Eldra, I just looked at the blog, and she has already copied my photos without my permission. Please remove all copied work from her blog. Thank you.

  2. Leauphaun permalink
    August 3, 2011 12:00 am

    Hi Sarah.
    I’m Eldra’s sister and I’m so sorry that I have breached your copyrighted photos. I had no intention of copying it without your permission. Please forgive me for doing that. I should have asked first.

    I have removed all the drawings that I can remember doing off of your pictures from my blog. If there are any left up it is because I don’t remember them being yours.

    I just turned 16 and have only done art for a few years, so I don’t sell much of my artwork. I sell 2 pieces of art, at the most, every year. So don’t worry about me being a big artist who sells pieces of art for thousands of dollars 🙂

    But I was wondering, what the other artists did to your photos? If you don’t mind me asking.

    PS: Great photography

  3. August 4, 2011 10:16 am

    Look at the muscles on that critter! He is looking really fit!

  4. August 5, 2011 12:52 pm

    Matthew “one hit wonder” Wilder ! That tune was my dad’s favorite.

    Typical cheesy pop from that era.
    Won’t be long before Laura Branigan makes an appearance here. 😀

  5. August 7, 2011 9:55 am

    LOL – yes.

    It keeps visitors on the edge and coming back for more. 😉

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