This post is going to be short on words. I’m going to let the videos and the voice of Belinda Trussell teaching me in my lesson today”do the talking.”
We worked on two things today. First we did the start of the Intermediare 1 test. This is canter in, at A turn down the centerline, halt at X. Then continue in trot, go left at C ,then extended trot across the diagonal, turn down centerline at A and continue in Shoulder In. We repeated this a few times and worked on improving various bits that needed it!
We then went on to work on the pirouettes. We had worked on them yesterday as well. Belinda had pointed out to me that the two pirouettes needed to be ridden differently. In the one to the left Biasini has a tendency to fall out after step three. So I must ride step one, step two, step three and turn so he does not fall out of the pirouette. In this video we are practicing the pirouette to the left.
Then we worked on the pirouette to the right. In this direction he brings the haunches in too far and ‘falls’ to the right. I have to use less left leg and ride more with two reins and two legs equally. You will hear near the end of this video Belinda say she is happy to see that I am “riding between moments”. That is the key to success in dressage. It has taken me years to learn that and to understand how vital it is. Every stride, every movement, every moment, I must be assessing what I need to be doing to keep Biasini where he should be and making corrections. Whew!