How far have I come?

A fellow blogger recently posted a wonderful quote. “I didn’t come this far only to come this far.” So I ask myself…..how far have I come?  There are so many moments in  riding and training when the rider feels like they are not progressing or have not taken any steps forward but only steps back.  I absolutely know this to be true in Dressage. It may well be true in other equestrian disciplines as well.

The canter has been the focus of my lessons with my coach, Belinda Trussell, for the past few weeks. The aim is to get Biasini sitting more behind, coming up more in the shoulder, and being light in the contact. And I am supposed to be quick with my aids, those lightening fast half halts and adjustments.  It has been a bit tough I have to admit. Sometimes I felt like I was just not getting anywhere. I would get it…. then loose it. Get it…. then loose it again.

But the trot! Heaven! Biasini has been doing so well with this; he’s up in the shoulder and light in the hand and it all seems to just be gliding along and I can maneuver him through shoulder in, half pass, whatever I want.  So I rested on those laurels for a bit. Mistake!

Last week the canter work became much more solid. Here is a video of some very simple work at the canter.

And then we did the trot work. What happened to my lovely easy, flowing trot?  Now I was really struggling!  Why?  Because the bar had been raised.  Belinda Trussell does not let me rest on any laurels. I considered not showing you this video because I can find all sorts of things wrong with the rider (me).  But I am going to show it to you anyway.

This is another step up.  Getting up that staircase always involves climbing up yet another step.  Belinda advised me at the end of the lesson to look at video from 6 months ago or a year ago and to see how far I have come. I did and I was encouraged. It’s just like a lot of things in life. We need to remind ourselves that we have made progress.  And last year I did not say to myself : “I’ve come this far and this is far enough.” I said: ” I didn’t come this far only to come this far.”

22 Comments Add yours

  1. misifusa says:

    To my untrained eye, it looks great!!!

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  2. My instructor, too, tells my sister and me to look at where we were a few months ago and then look at where we are right now and I always feel encouraged as well! I will remember that quote!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Good! I think it is important to look back and realize we are getting somewhere. I’m glad your instructor is telling you to do this. Thanks for this comment.

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  3. Love this quote mate

    It’s so true isn’t it? We forget sometimes how far we have come and then if we achieve goals we have to say “yay and let’s add another and another dream!!!”

    The videos are wonderful 😃

    Keep posting them ! That canter is super
    Mel x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Mel! I really appreciate your comment.

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  4. Love it!! I totally understand the thought of thinking you haven’t progressed!!I used to think when I first started riding! Then my riding instructor told me to start writing! I have 2 full exercise books full then I start blogging! And every once in awhile I will go back and read them or re read my blog entries just to remind myself how far I’ve come! Yesterday one of the kids I work with just started riding lessons a few weeks ago and he was asking how long it took me to get posting and I said I would have to check with my writing! So tonight I will do a check in and see where I was when I started and how far I’ve come too!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yay! good for you! We are all progressing in our own way. I think the journal or exercise book notes are a great way to chart progress. Thanks so much for this comment.

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  5. Robyn says:

    Love the quote, love the videos – keep up the good work!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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  6. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for this inspiration, Anne!!!! Your canter is looking wonderful, and I am very sure that your trot has improved a LOT too!!! 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am so happy to have provided a bit of inspiration. Biasini is a very talented horse and riding him has been a great education for me. As you know this whole riding thing is not easy and we all have to just keep on keeping on. Thank you for your nice comment.

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  7. What a great quote and so very true! Your the canter work looks great. I’m struggling myself with a similar problem in the canter and it can feel like nothing has improved, but looking back at older videos is a great idea and a real confidence boost.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and yes it is important to look back and realize we have not stood still. Onwards!

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  8. Jeff Rab says:

    Love the videos!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks! I sometimes get nervous putting myself out there on video bu it is a great way to see things and there is also the instruction for viewers who are also riders.

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      1. Jeff Rab says:

        They are educational AND entertaining!!

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  9. Absolutely! I didn’t come this far only to come thIs far!!

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  10. Love this post and I love this quote too. I think it is so important to think back and then you can really see how far you have come. 🙂 I do have to remind myself to do this though. xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I found the quote some time ago and was waiting for a chance to use it. I’m glad you like it and I hope you can find it helpful.

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