Details!

It’s attention to detail that makes the difference between average and stunning.

Francis Atterbury.

Attention to detail! That was my main lesson this week with my coach Belinda Trussell. Details! They may be barely visible when executed but they make the world of difference. Here is a video of our canter warm up. We have done a long and low trot warm up but for the canter I must pick Biasini up in his head and shoulders, and bring him together into a shorter and more compact frame. When I start doing this he throws in flying lead changes. This is how I know I do not have him in the correct frame and must work harder to get him there. Once he is in that frame, he will only do a flying lead change when I ask for one. This video is a longer one but if you turn up the volume, and listen to Belinda, you will hear how much importance she places on getting the little details right.

It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make the big things happen.

John Wooden

My next video comes from later in the lesson. I had worked on the travers ( haunches in ) to the left and struggled with it . You will hear Belinda say Biasini is “lugging” This means he is pulling down. It is his favorite thing to do! In this video I am riding the travers right and half pass right. For some reason it is much easier in this direction. Previously I have had difficulty in going to the right and found going left easier. But now it has changed. C’est la vie!

I can tell you that after working on all those details I had to go home and have a hot bath in Dead Sea salts to restore myself!

Details create the big picture.

Sigfried I. Weill.

*Featured photo taken in Florida, January 2020 by Carmen Franco.*

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne Sandler says:

    These videos were amazing Anne. I enjoyed and appreciated watching your lesson.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Anne. So glad you enjoyed the videos.

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  2. Marsha says:

    Your coach is tough. Even Mom isn’t THAT tough. You both know words I’ve never heard. All I see is Ma L. bouncing and bouncing and bouncing, and your feet in those white thingies prancing and prancing. I’m spinning in a circle watching you getting dizzy. But what do I know? I’m a bear. Mom says I plod. Love to you both, Manny xxxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Hey Manny. Good to hear from you. I’m glad you realize it is a LOT of work. I have to be very fit. Ma Leueen is pretty fit too. Our Coach can be tough. But Ma Leueen says she likes that because lots of coaches don’t work hard with older riders and just tell them everything is Super when it’s not. She appreciates that Coach Belinda pushes her to get it right. 🐴

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      1. Marsha says:

        oooooh, you are both so brave! I hope Ma Leueen isn’t that tough on me. I’ve never ridden before. I’ll be holding on for dear life but I can’t wait!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Ms leueen will give you a strap to hold onto and she will hold you in the saddle as well. I will only go at a nice slow walk. So you need not be worried. 🐴

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          1. Marsha says:

            okay, then I’m ready! 🙂

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  3. cigarman501 says:

    As a much better coach than I ever was said, “Take care of the trivial things and the important things will never come up.” Enjoyed watching you ride.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for taking the time to watch the video of my ride and I agree that coach you quoted.

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  4. Avery says:

    Details are everything! And hard sometimes!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes and yes they can be hard
      Thanks Avery for understanding.😊

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  5. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful ride, Anne!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome Amy. Thanks for taking the time to look at it.

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  6. Diana says:

    What beautiful videos and riding Anne! I loved the longer video and listening in on your lesson. 🥰 I think I would need a nice hot bath with dead sea salts for restoration too! ❤️🐴❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana. I’m glad you enjoyed the video.

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  7. David says:

    Precisely, it is all in the details. Pay attention to the details, then the rest comes. After a long day of practice, it’s a race to who gets the soaker tub first in this house. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well I’m.the only one in this household who needs a restorative soak. Today we were up to watch hockey where our daughter lives. She is the VP of marketing and sales for the AHL team there. Wowsers hockey is sooooo fast. I had to up the shutter speed on my camera. It was great fun to watch

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  8. J.W.S. says:

    John Wooden was such a wise man. You are very perceptive to apply his words to the world of horses.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks JWS his words seemed to fit.

      Like

  9. You ride beautifully ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Susie!

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