No Dressage Today…Wheeee!

Today was another beautiful glowing autumn day.  I had done dressage work in the arena for the past two days and thought  that today was a day for the  outdoors and something different.  My husband agreed to come up to the grass field and do a video of Biasini.  Here is the video with his very creative commentary.

 

Once we finished that I decided to set off on a forest hack. We’ve had a lot of heavy winds lately and I knew that there would be trees and branches down. I set off on a westerly trail and Biasini had several branches to carefully step over but once we got into the pine forest it was all clear. We followed the trail round and headed up the hill back toward to our barn, Oakcrest Farm. But as we got closer the trail was blocked with a large silver birch. There was no way we could get round it. I knew there was another trail that led around in a semi-circle and came out  onto the road that led to  the barn.  So we back tracked and took that trail.  All was well for the start but then ….. a section with about eight trees all down and across the trail.  I thought we could turn around and go all the way back the way we had come but that would have been a good half hour. Was there any way round this barricade of fallen trees?  I could see the trail was clear about 40 feet beyond.

I looked  at both sides of the trail and decided that we might be able to pick our way through the trees and underbrush on the right. Everywhere there were branches down and old fallen tree trunks. I gave Biasini a long rein so he could put  his head down and see where he was going.  I just gave him some light aids to guide him to the left or right. As we were almost back to the main trail there as a large tree trunk, with an old dead branch,  barring the way. I knew it would snap off if we pushed through it. Biasini stopped. He was not certain about it.

“It’ll be ok.” I told him. ” Go forward and the branch will break. It will. ”  And he did. The branch was at the level of his  chest and it broke  off with a crack and a snap.  And we were back on the trail. I gave him a big pat and told him he was the smartest and bravest horse I had ever known.  And  I meant it!

He had picked his way through that forest, over dead tree trunks, branches and piles of leaves. He took his time, he never panicked and he followed my shifts of weight in the saddle to go a bit to the left or a bit to the right.

What a great horse!  If he had just laid down a  perfect Prix St. George dressage test I could not be more proud of him.

Thank you Biasini. Trail horse and bushwhacker!

 

21 Comments Add yours

  1. It is only after reading your blogs that I came to know there is so much to be written about horse!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      They are wonderful animals and I am happy to get out information about them/Thank you for reading.

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  2. Awh man, that looks like so much fun! And what a smooth ride, you two look so beautiful together! Wish I had a place like this to ride! And the commentary though, priceless!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! It was fun and David is a good sport about the video work. He quite enjoys it I think and it does make it more fun. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. A beautiful horse and a beautiful day. Can’t get much better than that.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are right! Thanks for commenting.

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  4. That sounds like a fun ride through the forest. Really enjoyed watching the video ☺️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. It was great fun to ride it and Dave did a great job as videographer!

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  5. Keena Pettijohn says:

    You and your beautiful boy were breathtaking and David captured your ride perfectly. Loved every moment!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Keena! Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Writer, Fay Miller says:

    I enjoyed this read! I often wish I had a forest or trail nearby to ride. I have to be happy with riding the perimeter of my pasture and calling it a “trail ride.” I will sometimes set up cones as trees to ride around and cross rails as branches to cross. We just use our imaginations when we’re not riding 20 meter circles. Happy riding!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I think even a ride around the pasture is a mental break for us and for our horses. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    Oh what a wonderful video!!! Glad to see that you and Biasini are having such fun!!!! Looks just lovely….:):):)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks so much Elizabeth. It is so much fun to have a horse like Biasini that can e trusted on the trails and in the arena.

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  8. What a star Biasini is, please give him a huge pat from us! I loved the video with David’s commentary too 😉💖 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and I will pat Biasini and give David your compliment too!

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  9. Avery says:

    What a good boy! ❤ love his tail sass!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! He is a very good boy and has a fab tail. I am VERY particular about combing it and looking after it and it is getting better all the time. He also makes lots of comments with his tail!

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  10. Biasini is awesome! Please thank your husband for the riveting video! 😊😊👏👏

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and I will be sure to pass on your compliment to David.

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