That is MY horse!

I am now back doing the warm up phase on Biasini and then I hand over to my coach Belinda Trussell. While I would like to be doing the whole ride myself it is really a wonderful experience to see my horse , Biasini, ridden by someone of Belinda’s skill and mastery.  It is an absolute joy and I am so very proud of my horse , how he works for Belinda  and how spectacularly good he looks when she is riding him. I watch and think: “Wow! that is MY horse!”

Belinda works on different things each day; one day trot work, next day some canter exercises and then another day some movements from a test. Here is a short clip at the end of a session of trot work.  I love how his trot is floating and light.

 

Another day Belinda worked on the canter and played with doing some one tempis ( changes of lead every stride).  She told me she did not want to rehearse and rehearse this as Biasini would start to get wired up and then make a mistake and then be upset because he knew he had made a mistake.

Yesterday she worked on some of the movements in the Intermediare 1 test.  This is the test I am planning to do in Florida over the winter season.  Belinda practiced some of the movements and then went from the start of the test through the trot tour and then the walk tour of the test.  The temperatures have been arctic as you can see by the frost on the arena mirrors and windows. Belinda is wearing a helmet cover that doubles as ear muffs and scarf for this weather.

It is inspiring to watch Belinda ride Biasini. I do not, for a minute, think I can ride like that but that does not matter.  Belinda is a very experienced professional and an Olympian and  it is inspiring for me to see how well Biasini can execute the movements. After she finished Belinda went over some of the movements in the test and told me how I needed to ride them.  For example, as soon as  she  turns down the centerline into the shoulder in  Biasini wants to pull. So it may look like she is just sitting there looking elegant but a lot is actually going on. Before the corner a half halt (for those of you who do not ride a half halt can be as little as lifting up your abdominals and as much as putting on your lower leg and working with your fingers to create forward movement but not allow the horse to just flop out in front). Then when riding in the corner another half halt and then ….half halt, half halt, half halt, as you turn onto the center line. That’s a half halt every single stride on that turn. Belinda’s aids may be invisible but I can see how Biasini lifts himself up in  front, carries himself and turns lightly onto the angle for the shoulder in.

I can’t wait to work on these things myself when I get to  Florida! Biasini leaves next week and I will be following right after Christmas.

*Featured image (c) Connie Gee*

19 Comments Add yours

  1. 03lin19rai16 says:

    What a beautiful of a mover! I’m so glad you included the videos 😍. Exciting things are happening!

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  2. I love watching dressage and it is so inspiring to have these “invisible” movements make such a huge difference. You are blessed to have such a trainer and horse!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes I agree. I am blessed. Thanks for this comment.

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  3. Biasini is absolutely GORGEOUS. I mean, I am literally jealous of your horse, he is a total killer. Glad to know you’re back in the saddle on a regular basis again!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well I will pass on those compliments to Biasini. He is a very talented fellow and he always works hard. It is wonderful to see him ridden by someone with Belinda’s ability and talent. And I am happy to be back. In Florida I will be doing the full ride again. Thanks so much for your enthusiastic comment.

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  4. eventerinprogress says:

    He is looking fantastic! I can’t wait to see how you go in Florida!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well I will have to do him proud. Thanks for your nice and enthusiastic comment.

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  5. doar nicole says:

    Inspiring and extremely elegant! Such nice short videos, a pleasure to watch. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed the videos.

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  6. I know exactly how you feel!! I love watching my riding instructor ride my Mister Magoo! She gets him moving so nicely and lightly! When I get him back it’s always a softer more fluid ride! I love it!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      That is so good to hear. I’m glad you could identify with the post and enjoy it.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes he does. Thank you for commenting.

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  7. (HorseLover4Ever) Elizabeth says:

    Biasini looks WONDERFUL in those videos!!! Glad to hear you’ll be back to riding regularly again!!! ❤ ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes he does look so good. Thank you Elizabeth.

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  8. Avery says:

    so exciting! I can’t wait to keep up with your winter season!

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  9. sandyjwhite says:

    Anne, I’m so glad you will soon be spending more time riding Biasini.
    And in a much more hospitable environment!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and i am looking forward to warmer weather.

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