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The "before" shot
Gotta love thoroughbred brains! Not only is Ryker a trickster, but he is a smart cookie.  Today and yesterday were all about learning "whoa" and just pushing buttons on the ground.  Ryker was fantastic, even though we pushed his limits a little. We worked on walking over a pole (which he figured out really quickly, and very calmly) and lounging, which was very interesting - you could see him working everything out on his face.  By the end of the day we were lounging walk, trot, and a little canter in both directions, as well as halting nearly immediately to "whoa".  Ryker's reaction to having his brain a little melted was to jump a little in the air and stop and look at me with the expression of "I DONT GET IT!... explain it to me again..." and would willingly try again and again. 
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First pole
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to the right!
 





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