Facts about riding the Hot Tamale Horse!

A Hot Tamale horse! This is not a reference to the physical temperature of the horse but it could refer to the horse being “spicy”. In my lesson with my coach Belinda Trussell this week Biasini became a Hot Tamale Horse! He is not a horse that has a “hot” temperament but he can become “hot” as he gets involved with the work we are doing. I believe he enjoys it and this gives rise to his being more spicy and expressive. This requires a different style of riding from me. How do I ride this spicy horse.

  1. Keep both my lower legs on his sides and keep them still. If I need more of something a quick tap tap with my heel or with the whip. Just a light aid not a big kick or a whack with the whip.
  2. Pay attention to every stride. Is he getting away from me? Is he starting to pull? I must give a quick and light aid to correct anything that is not what I want. If he does not respond , immediately, I must come back to the walk and get it sorted out and make sure he is clear about what I am asking for.
  3. Remember to breathe. Biasini has enough energy for both of us. I do not need to add to it with aids that are too strong. Breathing will let me relax in my body and let him perform his best.

In this lesson we had a great success with the travers in trot. Here is a one minute video of our work doing travers (haunches in) on the long side that shows how a very fancy trot developed.

Thank you to Belinda who has to teach and take video with my phone at the same time.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for giving a glimps of you trying your best and then not breathing too. It’ s just facenating to see how the three of you work together.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. I’m glad you find the process interesting!

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      1. As you know I’m not a horse person(?) but reading and following you makes me feel at home. In my younger years we always went to competitions to watch because my mother as a young girl did horse riding and helping at stables.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          It makes me very happy to know that the horse blog posts can make you feel at home. Thank you for telling me.

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  2. Anne Sandler says:

    And I thought learning photography was difficult! Looks like both you and Baisini are enjoying it.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes we do enjoy it. But it is a lot more difficult than it looks. So many details the remember. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  3. cagedunn says:

    It’s so much fun for both rider and horse when the spice is shared and the moment lifted into the action.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is ! You have understood it perfectly.

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  4. dprastka says:

    She is such a sweetheart!! Tell her how much we love watching your videos as I agree, must not be easy to teach and video but I LOVE it!! Beautiful trot!! ❤️ They are all feeling a bit spicy this time of year, even Miss Chloe! 🤩🐴

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I have passed on your kind words to Belinda. Thanks Diana.

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