“There’s a fire behind you!”

This week I learned that there is no time to think. I must just act! “Ride like there’s a fire behind you.” My coach Belinda Trussell said this several times in my lessons. “Ride with more urgency” Ride as if there is a fire behind me? This is not about getting Biasini to go faster. It is about me responding to him faster.

Recently I have found that the key to a successful lesson is to start with no stirrups. My stirrup leathers will not cross over at the pommel so I take my feet out and the stirrup irons just dangle. Here is a video of some of my no stirrups time . I volunteered for 5 minutes and in the end the video was 7 minutes 18 seconds long. I have edited it (I hope) to a shorter version for this post.

When I took my stirrups back we worked on canter half pass, the pirouette canter and at the end three four tempi changes across the diagonal. In this video you will see an interesting moment when Biasini gives a little leap forward in the pirouette canter. I had felt he was stalling out on me and , without thinking about it, gave him a “Get Up!” aid. And he responded immediately. This is not what I might want in the show ring but it is an important lesson for him in training. There are many things that we do in training that we would not want to do in the show ring. But in training we are training. In this instance the fire was coming up to Biasini’s tail! We had to go!

We had two very valuable training sessions with Belinda this past week. And I am hoping to stay ahead of that fire!!

  • Featured photo by Chiraq Navak.*

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Avery says:

    I love these longer videos and her commentary. And how positive she is too!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks Avery. Dressage is a difficult discipline so it means a lot to have a coach who has a positive approach to the work..

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  2. Diana says:

    I always love your videos and I learn so much watching and listening to your lessons. You are so inspiring!! ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana! I am very glad that you get something from the videos.

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  3. Laleh Chini says:

    What a great push.❤️

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  4. The idea of the fire behind sound a good idea to me. Glad it worked.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks! It is motivating 😄

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    I really enjoy your video shares and your informative writing too, of course! 🐴 Thank you!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Mixhele. I’m very happy to hear you enjoy the videos.

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  6. What beautiful riding sessions. Love the little leap forward so glad it was just a little leap, lol. Coaches here usually tell us we need more wind up our butt lol not as eloquent as a fire behind you.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well think the fire image would work better for me than “wind” because I would be giggling about that wind. Thanks for this comment.😃

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  7. J.W.S. says:

    By all means…stay ahead of the fire. Interesting lesson for sure.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it’s an image that certainly motivates me!

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  8. Donna Zabukovec says:

    Funny I’m riding at a much much lower level then you but we are working on the same thing, getting me to respond faster.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Trust me I have been trying to respond faster for years! And I am faster b🙀ut not fast enough. Dressage is a spiral and I have found as you go up the levels you re-visit the same things. So carry on! You will get it faster!🙂

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