Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hound Deer...then and now

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!


  1. I love the race photo -- surreal to see -- like looking in on him in another life, surrounded by unknowns.

    Let me know what you think of Lord of Misrule! The writing is amazing, and there are a couple of passages in there that are near perfect. It's disturbing, but the characters... the characters...

  2. You guys look AMAZING! He looks so relaxed and you too! Awesome! More vids please!

  3. WOW! This is so so cool! I've been trying to track down Katchi's pics from Penn National but no luck so far - I'm so jealous!!

  4. really like the beaks and excited to see how they materialize! very cool shot of the clay menagerie as well :)