Attention to detail!

One of the things I know is necessary in dressage is attention to detail. My coach, Belinda Trussell, has an exceptional eye for detail. Every. Single. Second. After Biasini and I have warmed up (and believe me we get notes on our warm up as well!) I do my no stirrups work. In our lesson yesterday I did only five minutes of no stirrups sitting trot due to a wardrobe injury. More of that later. Then we moved on to the work of the day. I had Biasini in a snaffle bit and dropped noseband. He can be tough in a snaffle but I like it because it gives me an honest appraisal of where we are with the connection and his frame. At the trot we did serpentines with transitions to walk over the center line. Then we moved on to serpentines at the canter with transitions to very collected canter, walk, canter out. Belinda expects I will ride him with no change in his frame, no pulling down on the bit, throughout the entire exercise. Here is a video of some of that work.

You can hear Belinda asking me to lift my upper body for the upward transitions. Doing this makes a very positive difference. We also worked on the shoulder-fore in canter especially down the long side where Biasini likes to stretch out, get longer and loose the frame and balance. Here is a video of that work. You will see a poor flying change on the diagonal. My fault! I did not prepare Biasini properly. There is no time for congratulating myself on having made a good turn onto the diagonal and maintaining frame and tempo! Attention to detail!

The Wardrobe Injury. Caution! Viewer discretion advised. If you are a rider you may well have experienced something similar. It’s all about where the seams are in my underwear. The manufacturers put the seams and the heavy stitching in the body parts that make direct contact with the saddle. Since I have been doing no stirrups work it means that I am sitting even deeper in the saddle and those seams were out to get me. Blood was drawn! Yes! But Belinda has recommended a make of underwear that does not produce these injuries and I have ordered several pairs.

That’s all from me for today.

*Featured photo (C) Connie Gee*

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Alli Farkas says:

    Loved your canter/walk transitions. I’m working on that now and mine are miserable because my horse, with her legs which are too short for her long body, doesn’t volunteer to collect very much. She’d much rather just be strung out. It was a pleasure to watch you nail those transitions! As for the underwear issue, I’ve been riding in Jelly Pantz for years now (the company is based in Canada) and I wouldn’t be able to ride without them. It was easier when I was jumping and didn’t have to sit a bouncy trot, but when I switched to dressage I had to do something if I didn’t want my crotch to turn into raw hamburger😂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will look put for the jelly pans. Thanks

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  2. Very nice videos ma’am and it tells whatever uncomfortable happens true sportsperson won’t shows it.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Subbashini 😃

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  3. dprastka says:

    Beautiful transitions! Always love your videos and the details on what you are working on. Sorry about your wardrobe malfunction! Glad you are able to purchase better fitting under garments that will wear better! Keep your posts coming! ❤️🐴

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  4. I recall the motto “the devil is in the details.” Ps nice videos.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Ah ha! I knew there was a devil in there somewhere! Thanks for taking the time to look at the videos.

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  5. I didn’t notice anything either Anne and it sounds painful! Lovely to see you in the saddle again and hopefully you will be more comfortable in future! 🤗

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Xenia. It is a very minor discomfort. And it’s a long way from my heart as the saying goes!🤣

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  6. I enjoyed the videos. I didn’t see any gore, but I wasn’t wearing my glasses. 🙂 Glad you have a plan for remedy. Sounded very uncomfy as you described it!
    I love that notion of lifting your upper body for upwards transitions- gonna try that during my next ride. I have heard of breathing in for an upward transition and breathing out for a downward transition. Seems like the notion of lifting the upper body is kind of an extension of that as when you breath in your chest rises. Interesting stuff. I love details like that.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I found that raising my ribs and upper body up helped a lot to keep Biasini in the right frame.

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