“You won’t like your video.”

I have no lesson video this week. I had a conversation about the video Belinda had taken in my lesson. The conversation went like this.

Belinda:”You won’t like your video. But there were good moments in between. “

Me: “But you didn’t get those moments, the good moments, on the video?”

Belinda: “No , I didn’t, but what was good was that you were able to fix what was wrong in five meters and you used to take about twenty meters. .

So that is what I have to focus on. I could fix what was wrong in just five meters.

I tell you all this just so you know that my progress in dressage is not exponentially upwards. Sometimes I feel like I am going several steps backwards. This lesson was one of those. I had decided that I needed to have my lesson in the outdoor arena as it is the prescribed size for dressage tests: 20m by 60m. Also I needed to ride some test patterns. Why? It’s all very well to ride and have Biasini in the perfect frame and carrying that through all three gaits while going around the outside of the arena or in large circles. But riding test patterns is another matter.

So….I was right I do need to do more work on riding test patterns. I do need to ride when the weather permits in the outdoor 20×60 because that size exerts a discipline.

What were the good moments? The half pass in trot was one. I can now add more hindquarters or less as needed. I can ask for more trot or less as needed .

Let’s face it, this may not have been the worst riding nor was it the best but something was learned and that is what it’s all about . Isn’t it.

And that is why there is no lesson video this week. The photo below was taken by Susan Stickle at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in March 2018. The day before I had a ghastly ride and was not happy at all with it. Then, on the day this photo was taken, I came determined to do better. And we did do better.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. firnhyde says:

    Sometimes the hard lessons are the best ones!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes! Thanks for this comment!

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  2. Diana says:

    You work so hard, and if I only had half of your determination. So inspiring and I’m very honored to know you and support you in all you do!! I’m always so grateful you share all aspects of your riding lessons and horse shows (and trail adventures) thank you!! ❀️🐴

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana for your support. I appreciate it very much.

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  3. You are a very determined lady. Proud to be your friend ❀️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Susie. I appreciate your supportive comment..πŸ˜€

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      1. Always here for each other ❀️

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        1. anne leueen says:

          πŸ˜€πŸ’•

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  4. iammrsshecky says:

    That horse is gorgeous!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      That is my horse Biasini. He is a very handsome horse. I will pass on your nice compliment to him. Thanks

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  5. J.W.S. says:

    Some days are diamonds, and others are rust. You and your horse are resilient and move forward. Take care.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I think it is important to be resilient in horse sport. I am so lucky to be riding and to have a very talented horse who does his best to work with me.

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      1. J.W.S. says:

        He is lucky to have you too.

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  6. It’s great to make progress Anne and Belinda is helping you by recording the areas brimming with potential for improvement. I personally believe it is equally helpful to video all the things you are already doing well as you can learn from watching yourself during all the good bits too! Wishing you a wonderful weekend and please give sweet Biasini a big pat from us all πŸ€—πŸ§‘πŸ΄ xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree Xenia. We usually have a robot camera to video more of the ride. But on this day we did not have it. So Belinda took video of the parts where I was having difficulty. She knows me well enough to know I will look at it ,see the problems, and fix things in my next ride.

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  7. Irene says:

    Yay for fixing things in just five meters. 😊

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes. Progress not perfection. Thanks Irene.

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      1. Irene says:

        Exactly. 😊

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