Two posts in two days--wow! I'm on a roll! Really I just wanted to share a quick video and a much awaited photo (awaited by me that is:)!
I rode Caesar for a quick 35 minutes bareback at the walk and trot tonight. Mike accompanied me and got a short video clip on his ipod. I usually freeze when I know I am on film so the sneak-attack approach worked. The video doesn't catch us at our best, but it's decent. (sorry for the strange format; can't figure out how to remove the window)
I clearly need to sit back and deeper as well as move my hips more freely. Also, Caesar's trot is a little short and stuck so asking for a more forward trot will help (and a following hip will help me do that). It's good to get some video and analyze it. Must do that more often!
As for the much awaited photo... I contacted the photographer at Charles Town last week and requested 3 of Caesar's win pics. This is something I have been meaning to do for a while, so I was quite excited to receive them in the mail. Caesar had a whopping 56 starts, 9 wins, and a dozen second and third place finishes. He was a working class race horse if there ever was one, so it's only fitting that I get some photographic evidence of his wins. I was surprised to see he was so stout. Despite being narrow, he's got a sporty build. Apparently he's been that way for a while!
I just started reading The Lord of Misrule which won last year's National Book Award. It's a novel about a bottom-level racetrack in West Virginia. So far it's quite good though I know I will be grimacing soon at some of the scenes.
I wish everyone a great weekend!
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