Back in the Saddle Again!

Well….I’m back in the saddle again. After my episode in the ER and hospital I took it easy the first week and just went for a hack with Biasini in the forest. But this week I was back to lessons.

Monday  My coach Belinda Trussell was merciful.  We had a relatively easy lesson and I was happy to be back in training and back in the saddle again.

Tuesday   Since I had survived quite well Belinda upped the ante. Back to our usual lessons and usual expectations.   I had not really upped the ante in my riding however and I soon realized that I was not being quick enough and not riding 100% of the time. Belinda cannot be fooled and called me out on this.  We finished on a positive note and I knew that the next lesson I would have to up my game!

Wednesday   I knew from the moment I woke up that I was going to have to go into my lesson and Ride and Focus and Be Quick About It.  Belinda told me she wanted to work on the canter; getting the right frame ( the shape of the horse and position of his head, neck and shoulders  plus the engagement of his hind end). And she also wanted to work on the very collected canter and transitions from collected canter to very collected canter.  Here is a video. You will see that I am getting the right frame until I turn to go across the ring on the  diagonal. And then whoops…..his frame flattens out and he is “long”.  Belinda then tells me he looks like a “hunter”. AWK!  Dressage horses are NEVER supposed to look like hunters. No disrespect to horses in that discipline but the hunters have a low head carriage and necks lengthened and a long more drawn out frame. Not at ALL what a Prix St. George dressage horse is supposed to look like.  Belinda knows that telling me Biasini looks like a “hunter” will get me going. You can hear my response on the video. That voice saying :”Oh my gosh! Well just shoot me now!”  That’s me!  The friend taking the video has a chuckle about it and so did Belinda. Take a look.

 

Having been told to “ride like hell” on the diagonal I did as I was told and….Success!

Then we went on to more of the same and Biasini was responding so well. Here is another video of the work we did to finish. I must stress here that  this is not a perfect collected canter. But it is a big improvement for me ( an amateur rider) and my horse Biasini.

 

It is a real joy to be back riding and working at improving.  If you have not followed my recent hospital drama here is a link to that blog post.

https://horseaddict.net/2017/08/23/theyre-in-my-corner/

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Gad to hear you are feeling better and back at it again! I’m mounting up today for the first time since I bruised my ribs a few weeks ago. The timing of this post couldn’t be better!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Good to hear you are mounting up again!

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  2. Amy says:

    Wonderful post! I loved the videos!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. The videos are fun and I’m glad you liked them.

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  3. LydiaA1614 says:

    Anne, I am so sorry. I am way behind reading your blog. I will go back and read about your hospital stay but I am glad you are doing so well now. I love watching the videos of you and Biasini training. I am so glad for both of you that you are back in the saddle again.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for this reblog!

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  4. Well, if I rode just a fraction as good as you, I’d be in heaven! I still think you look awesome even though had the “hunter” look! For not being professional, I think you guys look pretty neat!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this wonderful compliment Mathilde. Having seen your videos I know you are a very good rider yourself so I appreciate your support. One of the great things about riding and dressage is that we always have to keep working hard to progress. It is an ongoing journey.

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  5. Robyn says:

    Glad to see you back in the saddle – the riding is looking good!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. It’s great to be back and thank you for your support.

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  6. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    So glad to hear you’re back in the saddle and doing better!!! ❤ ❤ Also, you and Biasini are looking wonderful in those videos! Thank you for sharing. ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the video.

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  7. Glad you back in the saddle 🙂

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  8. So good to see you and Biasini back ma’am

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  9. So happy you’re back riding and doing your lessons again. We’re definitely not experts but your riding looks amazing in the videos to me and Dizzy. xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and thanks to Dizzy as well.

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  10. sandyjwhite says:

    Back doing what you love….the best medicine of all!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is. Thank you.

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      1. sandyjwhite says:

        You are welcome.

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  11. Good to see you riding again, Biasini will be so happy too 😄🐎 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. Biasini does like to work and I am happy to be recovered from that ‘blip’ .

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    2. da-AL says:

      I agreed whippetwisdom. Am so very glad you’re better, dear Anne 😀

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      1. anne leueen says:

        Thank you for your support!

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  12. lulu says:

    Being in your element should certainly speed up your recovery.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes indeed! Life goes on as they say. Thank you for this encouraging comment.

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  13. I am so glad to see you back in the ring!! God is good!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Indeed! I am very grateful. Thank you for this comment.

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  14. It is so wonderful that you are back riding again. Such passion is a joy to see and read about and you espouse these.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I appreciate your lovely comment.

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      1. You are welcome Anne. We love your passion.

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