“More Activity!”

“More Activity” Belinda said as I cantered past her. She did not mean I should get Biasini to go faster or more forward. The activity she wants to see is in his hind legs. His hind end is where he must be more active.

This past week I have been getting on Biasini and warming him up before Belinda gets on to ride him. This is my way of easing myself back into riding after my low back strain that has had me off for almost three weeks.

So I am just taking it one step at a time. However…..When I cantered past Belinda and she said :”More activity!” I thought “I’m back!” Belinda had asked me during the warm up how I was feeling and I said I was ok. So then she asked for more. And here is the interesting thing. I have been watching Belinda ride while I have been off and I see her giving Biasini the aid for more activity in the canter. She gives him little nudges with the ankle of her outside leg. Not a kick or a big push, no spur involved. Just a rapid little tap, tap, tap. Having seen that and knowing why she was doing it I applied that same aid today. Success!

Why do you want more activity in the hind end. It encourages the horse to get his hind legs under him and bring his front legs up and out more. The result of that can be dramatic. Here is a very short video of some trot and a few steps of a beautiful passage at the end of Belinda’s ride today. After he did so well Belinda gives him a pat and lets him relax.

The moral of this story is that “more activity” can produce terrific results!

16 Comments Add yours

  1. David says:

    Glad you’re close in getting back in the saddle. πŸ™‚

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you David.

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    2. anne leueen says:

      Yes I am doing the warm up and also getting on at the end to walk him out. This week I will start to do more .

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  2. J.W.S. says:

    Activity is indeed a start for results.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is. For any endeavor in life..

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  3. Diana says:

    WOW! He is soooo beautiful and what a brilliant trot! He’s so handsome! I just Love watching the videos you share. ❀️ I’m also so happy you are mending and doing better and you are able to get back to a bit more riding. ❀️🐴 Give him a treat from Murphy and Chloe! πŸ’žπŸŽπŸ₯•

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will give him a treat . I have another video I will share during the week. Thanks for your comment Diana!

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  4. Naomi says:

    Wow that is so amazing! I really liked watching him trot that looks so pretty!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Naomi. He is a talented horse for sure

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  5. Thank you for this Anne. In right spirit, this is an important message. More activity leading to Terrific long term results.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I guess it is a thought that could be applied to any quest in life.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I replied to your comment twice as it did not seem to get approved the first time. 🀣

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    2. anne leueen says:

      Yes. I suppose it could be used in any of life’s quests perhaps even in the travel adventures that you undertake.

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      1. Yes my dear Anne, your one word triggered more in me than many had. I can do more. And i want to. Because i can.

        Yes, starting with the adventures. And all areas of life, we/I can do more. I must.

        Thank you. Narayan

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