I Never Expected This!

At the start of this week my coach Belinda Trussell said she wanted to make my horse, Biasini , more sensitive to the aids. She came up and took hold of my lower leg and demonstrated how light she wanted my leg aid to be. Let me tell you it was a feather touch! Then if I needed to give a kick it was to be as quick as a blink of the eye…on…off!

I looked at her and thought to myself that this was a level of finesse and subtlety that I had not ever thought I would be able to attain. I know that this is how Belinda rides. I can see it when I watch her. Her aids are almost invisible but so accurate and so effective. I doubted I could even come close but if Belinda thought I could do it then who am I to say no?

This also meant retraining Biasini to respond to these light aids. Belinda told me I would need to occasionally give him a tap with the whip to let him know what was wanted. A tap. Not a Whack or a Smack just a light tap. Biasini is a horse that is very sensitive to the whip. Only the lightest of taps would be needed.

This was on Monday. The lesson went well and I was amazed, shocked really at how well Biasini responded . Tuesday’s lesson was also very good. In this lesson I realized that Biasini had a spontaneous reaction to a light tap with the whip. Not the one I expected. I thought he would barge forward and pull me out of the tack. This has been his previous response. But now it was different. With a light tap of the whip he came up in the shoulder, and lighter in my rein contact. I never expected this! I felt like I was riding a big bounding beach ball. What a fabulous feeling.

Wednesday we continued and the response just got better. Biasini and I were both on a learning curve together. Belinda was pleased with two things.

1. My reaction time was fast and I was quick to correct Biasini if needed. This is something I have struggled with.

2. Biasini was responding with what Belinda said was some of the best canter work she has ever seen from him. We called it a day after a short lesson as this is hard work for Biasini and he deserved a lighter day.

After all this work he got a well deserved massage. Julie Tremblay the equine massage therapist said he did have some sore muscles in his glutes that was not usual for him but nothing to worry about. She agreed with me that this was a result of the work he had been doing.

He enjoyed his massage and his dinner afterwards. Today he had the day off!

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Debbie Smyth says:

    How wonderful to get to the stage where you can move into such finesse. Your relationship with Biasini must be so close.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Debbie. We are very close and I feel he is trying hard to work with me. There are occasions when he thinks he knows better but I have got used to that! This latest level of finesse is one that I will be working on for months but it is never boring! I appreciate your comment.

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  2. Jeff Rab says:

    Great work! But honestly, I’m a little jealous of Biasini’s massage!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I can understand that!

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  3. What a great job Biasini! He well deserved the massage and day off 🙂 He’s so so beautiful!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. He really is a horse of a lifetime for me.

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  4. I wonder about people those who designed these much things in riding. You both are having lovable life by leaving new.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The great thing about riding a horse is that if you pursue an equestrian discipline as you move up the levels there is always more to learn. You never get bored! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment

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  5. Firn says:

    Love how many lessons you get! That much work is absolutely going to pay off

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am very lucky to have these lessons. It is a a big boost .

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  6. O.D. says:

    Biasini always looks absolutely stunning in every picture I see of him. Good to see he got a day off and a massage to boot after the notable improvements with the cantering and such 🙂. Did you get up to anything as well in your free time Anne?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Not too much but I also got a massage the next day. Thank you for this nice comment I will pass on the compliments to Biasini.

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  7. Emma Cownie says:

    Biasini is an intelligent chap, perhaps your use tap of the whip was a bit like shouting at him, now he knows what you are saying to him!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I hope I’m not quite shouting with the whip. But I am at least speaking clearly. He is getting it pretty well now.Thanks for commenting Emma.

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  8. dprastka says:

    Fabulous post, and I totally know the feeling when I’ve had the privilege of riding my trainers well trained horses back in the day. I miss those days, but am so thankful I can do what I do with my horses today. I’m so happy you accomplished what your trainer wanted, you are an excellent rider! ♥️ Love the photos of the much deserved massage! 🐴♥️

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  9. “After all this work he got a well deserved massage”…a lucky guy indeed. Nice reminder that we all need to treat our friends with kindness for a job well done.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes we do . If i expect him to be a top athlete then I have to keep him l looked after.

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  10. That is fantastic news Anne! What an experience 🙂 Every time I read your posts about Biasini I always think of a riding instructor I had for many years, she used to give me private lessons on her dressage horse, I return for my help with beginners riding lessons on Saturday. I LOVED riding her horse. Have a great weekend!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You have a great weekend too!

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  11. sandyjwhite says:

    It is so encouraging to remember that we can always learn new things.
    Bravo Anne and Biasini!

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  12. I bet that lightness felt amazing!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It did! Thanks for this comment.

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