The Past Week
Monday I did my dressage homework. Yes, no stirrups, canter, walk and trot for a total of 29 minutes. I think I’ll just call it 30 minutes if it’s all right by you!
Tuesday My coach Belinda Trussell is on holiday this week so it is a chance for Biasini to do something completely different; some pole work and a small jump. My jumping days are over now and even for a small jump it has been too many years since I did it and I might not be able to assist an inexperienced jumper like Biasini. My solution? Ask Lynsey Rowan! She is the Intelligently Fearless Rider and what a perfect person to ride Biaisni for this work.
Here is a video. You can see that after the first time over the jump she opens him up down the long side. He loves it!
Wednesday I took Biasini for a hack in the York Regional Forest. We are lucky to have access to this forest directly from Oakcrest Farm and three of us set off in the morning as it was going to be a hot day. There were a lot of nasty deer flies but not so bad we had to turn back. Here is a video. Please excuse my poor videography. I am not expert at being on the horse and taking video with my phone. And note this…..the horse in front of Biasini was at the Rio Olympics this time last year.
We were out for just over an hour. On the way back to the farm we passed through an old growth area of the forest. This is how it would have looked before any logging was done. Beautiful old trees.
Thursday and Friday I was away helping my daughter and her family move to a new home. So continuing with the ” something different” routine for Biasini, Lynsey will have taken him hacking in the forest and also out onto the big grass field at the farm. This field has a circular trail, leading off it, through part of the forest . You can go down the hill ,off the field, canter around the trail and gallop back up the hill onto the field again. I am pretty sure Lynsey will have done that one! Biasini loves it.
It is great to have a break in the dressage work and get the horses out of the arena! Next week Belinda will be back and Biasini and I will be in our usual routine.