Only 45 minutes to get to FEI level.

Ride from the ground? Allow the student to assess their ride and comment? At the start of my Friday lesson my coach Belinda Trussell asked me what was the teaching method that worked best for me. We both agreed that as a visual learner I benefit from watching videos of my lessons and Belinda had done 7 short videos during my last lesson so I came into the Friday lesson with a good idea of what I needed to improve on. Did I want Belinda to ride from the ground?She is very good at doing this. She is quick enough to spot a problem before it becomes one and will tell me what to do. But, and it is a big but, if Belinda rides from the ground it absolves me of any responsibility in my riding. So at my stage of riding I have to take responsibility and recognize when Biasini is doing what he should be doing and if he is not then knowing what I need to do to correct him .

I warmed up and then we started into our working phase of the lesson. Belinda told me the trot was “nice but that is a Second Level horse.”

Yipes! I’m supposed to be at the FEI level! So I had to do better. The next comment was I had made it up to Third Level. More work. More times around the arena working, working, working. Here is a video of what we achieved. Listen to what Belinda says at the start of this video

By now I think I had been riding for about 25 to 30 minutes. Belinda gave me some advice about how I was using the curb rein. I followed her advice and it made a big difference. Here is another video from the end of our lesson. It took me 45 minutes to achieve what was required to have Biasini looking like an FEI level horse. HaHa! Well, lots of room for improvement in that time frame! Biasini has a spook in the video but keep watching it all ends well.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. marliz says:

    Hi, I really enjoy your posts as they are so informative…You have a lovely horse and your riding is lovely…

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  2. David says:

    Ever since my daughters entered the senior ranks, Trish has had them take full control of every aspect of their riding, from practice session to show ring appearance. Granted show jumping is different from dressage, but the idea is the same as Belinda is teaching. Know what you need to know, and how to do it. When the chips are down in the show ring, it is all on you, the rider. Make adjustments as needed.

    BTW, tomorrow (Mon) is transport day to NY. The gear, supplies are all ready. Two trailers, eight horses to the airport. Two grooms, three riders, one dad who is horse tech, go-fer, and security chief. When we arrive, ground horse transport to White Hollow Farm and two SUV rentals will be waiting. This is the most complex trip we’ve ever made.

    Stay well, Anne. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      All the best to you and your daughters. It will be an excellent adventure. Enjoy and best of luck to your daughters.

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      1. David says:

        Thank you, Anne. It’s a much welcomed break from everything. Nothing but horses for three weeks. 🙂

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  3. Loved seeing how “springy” your horse’s steps got as you asked for more from him! All that power underneath you. Must feel amazing.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it does feel very good when I am able to get more “air time” in the trot. It really is a matter of using effective leg aids to get him to lift up his belly and get those hind legs under. Sounds easy but I find the execution and the timing tricky. Thanks for watching the videos and for leaving such a nice comment.

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  4. Emma Cownie says:

    I have never heard someone talk about an animal’s “core” – I am used to it being mentioned in yoga class…for humans its the stomach area (?) is that the same for horses?

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is Emma. Same as our core. For Biasini if he uses his core it lifts his belly and he gets his hind legs under him more which enables him to achieve more air time in the trot and also the canter . I wonder if it is as much work for Biasini to use his core as it is for us humans? Thanks for this good question!

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  5. dprastka says:

    She is so good and so are you! Such supportive lessons and amazing the little adjustments make such a difference. I know how hard you work and you and Biasini look BEAUTIFUL! That’s so sweet you share your lessons, thank you!! ❤️🐴

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for your kind words Diana. Belinda puts a lot of energy into teaching so I always feel like I must respond with my best effort. I share the videos,not because I think I’m so good but because I think that others will appreciate the process.

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  6. I enjoyed watching. It was fascinating to see you and horse work along with the narrative comments of your trainer. There is so much concentration.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for commenting. I think the reason dressage is a form of moving meditation for the rider is that it does require complete focus and concentration.

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  7. Wow it is so amazing to see how tiny adjustments can make such a huge difference! Thank you again for sharing your coach with us!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. I am very lucky to have her as my coach and she is happy to have me ‘share’ her knowledge

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