When the rider is sick….

 

“Bring out your dead!”  “Bring out your dead!”   No, I’m just kidding. But… we have had the plague in  our house this week.  I am blaming the miserable weather ( cold and incessantly raining).  I have been too sick to ride. So….now you know I am really feeling pretty bad. But there is an upside.

I had to wave the white flag of surrender on even going  to the barn on Wednesday so my coach Belinda Trussell rode Biasini.  Then on Thursday I felt well enough to go to the barn and tack Biasini up but not to ride. Here is the upside!  How marvelous is it to watch an Olympian ride your horse?

Biasini really did his best to do everything that was asked of him. Belinda said she kept telling him he did not need to give quite so much but he just kept  saying : “No, No I can do it , I can do it!”

Here are a couple of video clips. I took them with my phone so the quality is not so good but you will get the idea. First here is some trot work and a lovely half pass the entire width of the arena.

 

Belinda tells me that Biasini has the ability to do a lovely passage (slow motion trot) and it is just a matter of him getting more control of his balance.  Then they went on to work on the canter pirouettes.  They were at the  other end of the arena so the two pirouettes to the right are rather far away  but keep watching as she  brings him down to the center of the arena for the pirouette left.

If you hear grunting that is Biasini telling us he is working hard. But don’t worry he is not in any difficulty.

I know that when I came home from Florida Biasini was ridden by my Florida coach, Luis Reteguiz Denizard, for a week until he came home to Oakcrest. So he has been in good training during that time.  Now this week he has had Belinda ride him twice.

“How do you feel about watching him?” my husband asked me over breakfast on Friday. ” Do you think ‘Oh,I’ll never be able to do that’ or ‘Wow, that’s amazing!” Here is what I replied.

” I am so proud of my horse. So proud that he worked hard for Belinda and tried to give her 110%”

“I may not be able to re-produce that quality right now but eventually I will get it. ”

“I am so excited to see that he has this talent for these movements. I can see that we can go places together with this talent.”

“I’m thrilled.”

And that, Dear Readers, is the upside to being sick.

36 Comments Add yours

  1. athling2001 says:

    How wonderful! Hope you are back in the saddle soon.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you I am better and back riding and preparing for a show in a week’s time.

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  2. Avery says:

    ❤ I am sorry you have been sick, but am very glad you got to see your boy work so hard! He is so good, what a gift! You both will get there!!! Sounds like you are on the mend and will be back in the saddle soon!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Avery! I am back as of yesterday with a lesson today! I’m not 100% over it but pretty much . There are a lot of people here with flu and Norwalk virus. Nasty! So I think I did not do too badly. Biasini is indeed a gift. He is a very physical ride but a good one!

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  3. Wow he is stunning!!! How lovely! You are so lucky to have such a talented partner (as I’m sure you already know!) Just lovely

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. He is a very talented fellow and I am lucky to have him and to have good coaching to help me ride him.

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  4. The video is so interesting to watch. What an incredible animal. Such a bond between animal and human.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I’m glad you found it interesting. Thanks for your comment.

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      1. Just love the way these horses respond to the rider. What a feat in training and trust between rider and horse.

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      2. anne leueen says:

        It is a wonderful journey with the horse an a challenging one as well. Thanks for taking the time to look at the videos.

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      3. You are welcome Anne. It is nice seeing your passion and the fruits from it.

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  5. tcornelas says:

    Hope your feeling better. I’m glad you got to see Baisini train….

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am on the mend. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Really hope you are feeling better now.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes Susie I am feeling better today. I finally got some energy back. Thanks for your sympathy!

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      1. So pleased. Stay well

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  7. Alli Farkas says:

    Biasini is oh-so-close!!

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  8. sandyjwhite says:

    I enjoyed the videos, Anne. I’m sorry you have not been feeling
    up to snuff. I hope you are back in the saddle soon!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Glad you liked the videos. No worries I am on the mend and will be back riding next week. Thank you.

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  9. Anne,
    I hope you’re feeling better real soon. Flu is such a bummer…
    Much love,
    Vanessa

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I am feeling better today. There is a lot of it going around here and I think the unseasonably cold weather and endless rain are not helping ! But it will eventually get better!

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      1. I am glad you’re feeling better. The weather really doesn’t help if you’re not well. I hope the sun will come out to help.

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  10. My thoughts and prays are with you, Anne. May you get well soon…

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for your support. I am feeling better today so I’m on the mend.

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      1. Love to hear that…

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  11. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Praying that you’ll be well very soon!!! ❤ And I just want to tell you how amazing Biasini looks in those videos!!! You rock, Biasini!!!! 😀 😀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I am getting better. Better today than yesterday so ONWARDS! And yes Biasini does look amazing. It is very exciting and I am grateful to Lou and to Belinda who have put so much effort into teaching and training both me and Biasini. He is a talented horse but it needs the right training to bring out that talent. Thanks for your comment.

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  12. So lovely to watch. Hope you’re feeling all better! 🙂 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I am on the mend it is just a nasty flu .

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  13. It is lovely to watch and so wonderful you have these great people to ride Biasini and inspire you, which I can imagine will be a such a tonic for you too. We wish you a speedy recovery and a lovely rest of the weekend :o) xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and yes it is a much needed tonic !

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  14. Akuokuo says:

    So beautiful, peaceful to watch– something about horses (and cats) — hypnotizing, mesmerizing, really. Hope you are feeling better! 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is beautiful to watch a rider like Belinda. Thank you for your good wishes I am on the mend.

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