How far…? Inch by inch forward.

At the beginning of the lesson I asked my coach , Belinda Trussell, what she  wanted to work on. She asked me: What would you like to work on?”  Well, I had an answer!  I told her I had watched the videos from our previous lesson and I was happy with the canter but I was not happy with my riding in the trot work.  “What didn’t you like about it?” she asked. “I didn’t like my hands they were too high and I didn’t like my arms, they were too stiff and frozen looking.” I replied. “Good!” she said. “We can work on the contact.”

And so began an entire lesson of trot work. Slowing down to a very slow small trot, gradually moving the trot up inch by inch. Transitioning the trot from five miles per hour to seven and then back. All the while maintaining the steady contact; Biasini’s  head could not be bobbing or turning other than flexing to the inside on the corners, and my contact had to be relaxed and light and if I made corrections they had to be done with supple fingers and supple wrists. I went round the outside of the arena. I went in 20 meter circles. I did 10 meter circles. All the  while maintaining the contact , keeping arms supple and my wrists supple and  my fingers lightly sponging the reins if necessary.

So that’s the top half of my body. Meanwhile my legs are also working. Upper leg relaxed, my calf is on, the ankle is ready to push if needed.

And then…Belinda upped the ante!  She asked for more lower leg, more calf on. ON! I really never knew that so much lower leg strength would be required to ride. Thank heavens I had done  that six weeks with no stirrups over the summer because I needed every bit of strength that I had gained from that.  But…it worked.  Here is a video of our  improved trot.

 

 

Basics! Basics! Basics! This is what it all comes down to. When I get this work solid then I can carry it into the  movements.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. misifusa says:

    Love the quote and the video! Good for you!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks. I appreciate your comment.

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  2. I like your Marathon citation as well! You are doing capital in your grooming!

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  3. Joan Flemming says:

    I have just discovered your posts and am slowly making my way thru your past posts. I love how eloquently you express the joys and frustrations which we all experience, no matter at what level we ride!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this comment Joan. I’m glad you are getting something out if the posts. We all go through the same things in the riding journey I think.

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  4. Robyn says:

    Great video! I rode many many years ago, and I always sank a little inside when we had to drop our stirrups. You did great! I love the quote as well. I enjoy running marathons and your quote reminded me of one of my marathon favorites: “A marathon is hundreds of miles. The finish is 26.2.” Great job to you! You are doing great in your training!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Robyn for this supportive comment. I like your marathon quote as well!

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  5. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    I love that quote, and way to go, doing an ENTIRE lesson at the trot! And I can definitely see and improvement…:):)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Elizabeth! I really appreciate that comment. This trot work really is pretty hard work for me so I’m glad you can see an improvement.

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  6. Amen! Saying practice makes perfect is actually incorrect. Perfect practice makes perfect! 👍👍

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! You are right. And every time I ride I am training my horse so I have to make sure I’m doing it right. Thanks for your enthusiastic comment.

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  7. Love this quote ma’am, thanks for sharing

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Glad you like the quote.

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