Doing it Alone

Emergency lockdown. No riding lessons allowed. I am “doing it alone.” And how is that going? Sometimes good, sometimes not so good. Monday I got on Biasini and started to walk around the arena. We got up to the far end and his head shot up in a Giraffe imitation and he began to snort. I gave him a rub on his withers and told him he was ok. I circled round and after a few circles he settled. But then we had an issue with something else on the wall . At that point I decided I was not going to continue. What Biasini needed was a good toot on the lunge line .

Once I had him set up for lunging we started on a big circle. I gave a flick of the lunging whip and a couple of clucks. BOOM! He leapt forward, bucked and took off at a very fast canter. Yup! Some cold weather energy. Biasini cantered around at a racing pace with few more leaps and bucks. I smiled to see that. The weather has been very cold with snow in all the turnout paddocks. Biasini needed to just let rip! Once he finally settled, I got on and walked him to cool him off. And my plan for the day? That went into the dustbin.

Most days I will plan some exercises from lessons we have done. Sometimes I think it is going pretty well. But I know that if I was in a lesson Belinda would be asking me to achieve more. The hard part is keeping my expectations high enough. If Belinda was watching me she would have the highest expectations. She would want excellent not just good.

We have no idea when the Emergency Covid restrictions will be lifted. Since we now have two of the new variants of Covid future plans are up in the air.

I remain optimistic . I am learning how to do it. Doing it alone.

  • Thanks to Lexi Bradbury for taking these photos on a cold day.*

13 Comments Add yours

  1. David says:

    I like the B&W processing. It does capture the mood of the moment.

    Doing it alone, that’s how my daughters have been practicing for the past four years. Of course, they still consult with Trish on a continuing basis. Quite often when they’re at a show. Trish has taught them to trust themselves, trust their horses, in knowing what works and what doesn’t work. Also, how to harness that energy most riders would lunge out. “Besides, you already know what needs fixing.” (Trish’s story: When she was riding, her horse, Hank, had a lot of nervous energy. She put Hank on the lunge line to “even” him out. A few minutes lunging cost them a top three finish. Afterwards, Beezie asked her what happened. “I lunged Hank. He had a ton of nervous energy.” They finished far down on the leaderboard (10th out of 23). Since then, Trish stopped lunging for the remainder of her career. She’s taught how to use the nervous energy to their advantage.)

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    1. anne leueen says:

      When I first got Biasini I used to give him a very short lunge as shows. If he seemed calm Istopped after one canter circle. The problem with us here is we have had very cold weather and the horses are turned out but with the snow they do not do much. I just knew Biasini needed to go for a toot and let rip a bit. He seemed to enjoy it and has settled to good work this week. yesterday we went out for a hack in the snowy forest and he was very good. So on Monday I don’t thing he was “nervous” I think he was just full of piss and vinegar as they say.

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  2. Avery says:

    Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy him!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Don’t worry I always enjoy him no matter what.πŸ˜€

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  3. etikser says:

    We all can identify with the way Biasini felt, I think.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Haha! Yes I agree!πŸ˜„

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  4. dprastka says:

    These darn lockdowns. Definitely tiring of it all. I’ve been there gotten on for a ride and with those kinds of reactions decided nope! Let’s get off and let them get their energy out safely! πŸ˜€ Silly boy, and completely understandable especially in cool weather. 🐎
    I have some sad news I’ll be sharing this weekend. It’s been a tough sad week and every day I’ve been processing everything. I’ll be ready to share on Saturday. Give your sweet boy a hug for me! I’m glad you are still able to ride through all the lockdowns. ❀️🐴

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The next day he was just fine. He worked very well. Today we went out for a trail ride in the snowy forest. He as just fine with that too. I am worried that you have some sad news. I understand you need to process what ever it is for yourself before you can share it.

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  5. Learning to be optimistic can be a difficult process for me. Your riding alone is a good model. And of course, you have a good horse as partner.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is a help to have a good horse partner. He helps me stay in the present moment. Today we went out to the snowy forest. That lifted my gloomy outlook on the day , ( caused my too much Covid news at breakfast time) .

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  6. The Backyard Horse Blog says:

    Welcome to my world! πŸ™‚ I do most of my riding at home alone. While I realize you ride at a much higher level than I do, I think riding alone presents some challenges at all levels for most riders. Makes me especially appreciate the times when I do get to benefit from instruction/feedback from others. Good for you for continuing to ride, even if it is not quite within the circumstances you would prefer or find optimal.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am very fortunate that I normally do have help. I usually do three lessons a week. So this is an adjustment for me but I think that the upside is I will learn to monitor and react faster to how the ride is going. That’s a good thing. Thanks for your supportive comment. I appreciate it.


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