Riding the Dressage Horse like a Western Reiner!

I was having trouble with the shoulder in. Coach Belinda Trussell recognized what the problem was. “You are using too much inside rein. Try using both reins and neck rein him like a Western horse.”

I did that but the inside are was still too dominant so I took my whip and held it horizontally across Biasini’s neck with both hands. This way both my hands would have to work in unison. It came to me from a distant memory of time spent on the lunge line with no stirrups and no reins. It worked so I put my whip back in one hand. Did it work? Yes it did . Here is video proof.

You may notice I am wearing a red mask. It is made by Under Armor and is designed to be worn during exercise. The indoor arena is now closed for the winter and is truly an “indoor” space. We are not required to wear masks in the arena but I am comfortable with this mask so I am wearing it.

  • Featured image (C) Connie Gee

16 Comments Add yours

  1. dprastka says:

    I trace clip Zack. It’s a good clip and I trace clip 2 other horses at my stables where I board. Great work, and that’s good to know there’s a mask that’s comfortable while working out, such as riding! 🀠🐴❀️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The person who does my clipping does a great job.I think it is a good clip as it leaves him some warmth on his legs and his back

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  2. Emma Cownie says:

    You two look like you are gliding around the arena. What’s the thinking behind Biasini’s clipped coat (the shape of it)? I see his legs are unclipped.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It is a trace clip. Follows the lines of thr traces of a carriage. It leaves him with some warmth in his legs and back bit since he is in work he will be clipped in the areas that can get sweaty. It is difficult to dry out a long winter coat and then he could get chilled so this is a combination that works well. Good question Emma.

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  3. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Excellent work Anne and Biasini! πŸ’› xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you!πŸ™‚πŸ΄

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  4. Sarah Davis says:

    This fascinates me. As a Walking Horse rider, I mostly ride with both hands to for tension level to set up and maintain the desired gait. Our horse do not neck rein, but I do use instinctively use my seat, thighs and knees for adjustments for trail direction and obstacle. Heels are for speed/gait.
    Thanks for the mask tip.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I once rode an Icelandic horse and I remember that the aid to ask for the tolt was using both hands. Very interesting that you have a Walking Horse. Thanks for sharing some info on the aids you use.

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      1. Sarah Davis says:

        I trail ride in Kentucky and Tennessee. Gained horses have become very common on trail. I call them the black labs of the horse world as many have a gentle nature and want to please.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I have driven through some of Kentucky and Tennessee and it would be lovely country to ride trails.

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  5. Alli Farkas says:

    Love that final shoulder in up the center line. You know it’s right when there’s no wall to keep you straight and you make it all the way up the line without drifting!❀️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this comment Alli. You know it takes two reins and two legs working equally to maintain that line.

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  6. Well done both of you πŸ˜‰ 🐎

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Ribana!

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  7. To me your riding is always excellent πŸ‘Œ ❀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Susie!

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