Clarity and Certainty vs Chaos and Confusion!

Chaos and confusion.  I don’t do well with that combination.  I know some people can just rise above it and glide on but I have never been able to master that ability. There are others who actually seem to enjoy chaos and confusion and will set about creating some if they want to spark things up. I can neither rise above nor do I wish to create any chaos or any confusion. I like clarity and certainty!


After weeks of rain  the spring sky is clear and blue. Clarity!


I especially like clarity and certainty when it comes to my riding, training and competition. Ten days to go for Biasini and me for our next show! Time for clarity. I must have  clarity ,inside my head ,because Biasini will pick up whatever energy I send out. I have to be clear about what we are doing, what is our purpose and specifically I must be clear about my aids.

Biasini is a horse that tries very hard. He is a real worker and tries his best to do what I ask. His only fault is that sometimes he tries too hard and gets very strong.  It is essential that I give very clear aids. If I shift my weight in the saddle  or one ankle twitches  and I am not aware of it, I will be sending very confusing signals to Biasini. He will not know how to respond and will respond by doing something that will not be what is wanted.  I can’t blame him!  I’m sending unclear messages so he cannot know how to respond.


Biasini waits at the paddock gate. What are we going to do today!


In a competition situation there are lots of distractions and pressures that do not exist in the arena at home.  I know that I must stay focused on my “inner game” and not allow my focus to go to outside distractions. I have to think that no one is watching me, nothing outside of Biasini and me matters. That is how I can keep my mind clear. Clarity!

I have to practice that now, each day in lessons or when riding on my own.  There is enough for me to think about; is Biasini straight, does he need more bend, do we need more power,  less speed, am I preparing him each stride for the next movement, do I need to make a correction?   Clarity is needed to have my mind free and clear to concentrate on the job at hand.

Certainty comes from having confidence in my training, my preparation and my commitment.  Biasini will pick up on that certainty and he  will also feel confident. I know what the possibilities are for us and I can look forward with a sense of excitement. The excitement is what makes all the hard work fun. There is always the possibility that chaos and confusion will turn up  but as far as my riding goes I try to minimize it and focus on clarity and certainty instead.

I recently saw a lovely video of British Olympian Carl Hester that I would like to share with you. Carl Hester is a master rider, trainer, coach and horseman. In this video he is riding the Grand  Prix Freestyle  at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.  The horse he  is riding , Barolo, is competing in an international competition for the first time.   Take a look at this video. Here is a rider who comes into the ring calm and focused. He has clarity and certainty.  He gives this to his horse and together they go on to win the class. There is a good commentary on the video for those of you not so familiar with dressage. Here is the “Masterclass that is Carl Hester.”

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Hey, not sure if your blog does this sort of thing, but I wanted to recognize it anyway! 😀 I have nominated your blog for “The Versatile Blogger Award” You can see it on my latest post! Keep up the great work!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this nomination. Unfortunately I am finding that keeping up with writing blog posts and keeping up with other bloggers posts and preparing for competition with my horse I do not have time to respond properly to the award. But thank you I do appreciate it.

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      1. Anytime! Keep up with that great content. 😀

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  2. xKickz says:

    Wow. As someone who knows very little of horses thank you for your insight very interesting!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and thanks for taking the time to read!

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  3. lulu says:

    I can see why you would like clarity when you are riding.

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  4. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Thank you for sharing with us!!!!! Biasini is so lucky to have such a wonderful owner like you!!! ❤ ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      And I am lucky to have a wonderful horse like him!

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      1. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

        YES!!!!! ❤ ❤

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  5. swalia says:

    Hi, I have nominated you for the award “The blogger recognition award”.
    For more information, click on this link in case you are interested to join:


    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for the nomination. At the moment with writing blog posts and also training and working with my horse to prepare for competitions I do not have enough time to respond properly to the award. So thank you but I cannot accept and join in.


      1. swalia says:

        Not an issue…Cheers!

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  6. CatMeena says:

    The motivation that I needed today to practice my dressage test… Thank you!

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