Simple is not always easy.

This past week I had one lesson with my coach Belinda Trussell where we did a simple canter exercise. Canter on the true lead and turn onto the quarter line and leg yield to the wall. Remaining in leg yield transition from canter to walk. The second part of the exercise was to pick up the counter canter and then leg yield from the wall toward the center. Then as in the first exercise transition to walk.

It is such a simple exercise . Simple yes, but not easy! Here is a video (taken by my husband) that shows the exercise: on the left rein in true canter, counter canter and then both on the right rein. You will also notice I am grappling with sitting to the right due to an issue with my right leg. I will get that sorted out soon.

Thursday I had a minor surgery to remove a skin cancer from the bridge of my nose so I will not be riding for a few days. Have a good weekend everyone!

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  1. endean0 says:

    Hope thatโ€™s all gone well for you.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. We are working at it.๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Amy says:

    Hope you recover soon, Anne.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Amy.It was just a small incision to remove a basal cell cancer.I am on the road to recovery already!

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  3. Alli Farkas says:

    Gahhh!!! In my book simple never turns out to be easy. ๐Ÿ™„

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Haha! Yes you understand!

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  4. Diana says:

    Thank you for Carl Hester’s advice! (I’m honored and thankful) I don’t want him to get dull sided so I’ll go with his advice. I noticed you ride with a dreassge whip and I have one I can use but I have a question; if I were to use would I tap near my leg for encouragement? Or tap his right or left hip? Murphy is not a spicy or hot horse and so lazy that he knows if I don’t have my little English spurs on and I rarely need the spurs (but sometimes I have to just lightly tap so he knows I have them) but I was thinking of adding my dressage whip as another aide so that he realizes we need to do this work in arena. I’m going to do trot poles tomorrow to see if this helps his boredom and I don’t ride him very long since he’s so young. He has a bit of a stubborn streak in him but I want to encourage him with positive reinforcement and rewards, and kind but firm aides. It’s been so long since I’ve worked with one so young, and not wanting to go forward I think is bit of a challenge. (I will say this is mostly at the walk. When I ask for the trot he does pick it up and stays trotting well. But he will come to a halt instead of a walk often. He also readily picks up the canter and transitions to a trot well but if he can halt, he will and if I’m not paying attention he will even back up instead of walking forward. I know I need to stay focused, he tuckers me out
    I don’t want the stubbornness to grow as he isn’t bad, but I don’t want it to get worse.) I want to be kind and I want him to want to go forward (I hope I make sense! Thanks for letting me pick your brain!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Use the whip beside your leg with a young horse to reinforce your request for him to go forward. At the same time work the bit in his mouth so he stays supple in his neck and knows he can go forward. You can also use a bat crop beside your leg with a youngster. You would be holding it in one hand and give him a good tap when you put your legs on to ask him to go forward. This makes it a clear aid and he will learn that means GO! I hope that helps.

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      1. Diana says:

        YES!! This helps tons. Thank you so very much!!!!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          We’ll give it a go and I hope it will help.

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          1. Diana says:

            Hi Anne, I wanted to let you know I had great success with my ride today, the dressage whip was exactly what I needed. I also shared your blog sight by tagging you in my weekend coffee share. I hope that is okay and thought this a nice way to say thank you so very much! โค

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          2. anne leueen says:

            Thank you for tagging Horseaddict! That is certainly ok. I’m glad the whip helped.

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  5. jhguezille says:

    Such a cool exercise! I loved getting to see the video with it in there!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Good I’m so glad yo enjoyed it.

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  6. Diana says:

    Hope for fast healing for your skin and your leg! โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ™โ™ฅ๏ธ That looks so difficult to ride. You are so amazing and inspiring Anne! ๐Ÿ’œ

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    1. anne leueen says:

      My nose is healing already and my leg is not injured it is just that it needs to be stronger. So I am working on that! Thanks for commenting Diana.

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      1. Diana says:

        Oh yes, sorry as I’m not sure why I thought your leg was injured and I need some leg strengthening too! My young Murphy is so lazy, I’m needing all the leg I can muster in the arena. And I have one leg stronger than the other which we probably all do I’m thinking. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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        1. anne leueen says:

          My right leg is my weaker one and I have some exercises from my physio at home to get it stronger. So I just have to do them!! With Murphy I will pass on some advice from Carl Hester. He says that a hot horse needs more leg to keep them calmer and a horse that is not forward needs less leg but needs clear and specific leg aids to let them know they must go forward NOW. Keeping the leg on too much will just make them dull to the leg. Biasini is more on the hot horse side so I do keep my legs just in contact with his sides. Anyway its easy to do if you are Carl Hester but I am light years away from that!! ๐Ÿคฃ

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  7. Mend well. I have had a few of those nasties taken off. The old baby oil days caught up, but just stay ahead and wear that hat and sunscreen. I will be thinking of you positively.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much. I appreciate your positive thoughts. And yes I remember baby oil and coconut oil too!

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  8. J.W.S. says:

    Nice to see your riding. Very well doneโ€ฆsimple can be difficult. Also, rest up and be well.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and I am taking it easier to give my nose the best chance to heal up well.

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  9. Marsha says:

    I hate when someone says, “Oh, this is simple.” Then if I mess up, I’m an idiot! Nothing about riding a horse is simple, I think. I see that you are leaning, but your back is so straight. That’s impressive. I hope your leg and nose heal quickly.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Marsha. The nose is doing well and my leg is a matter of being aware of how I am using it when I am riding. I will get it sorted!

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      1. Marsha says:

        You are amazing!

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  10. Pepper says:

    Hoping a few days away from riding will help your leg as well. Time to read a good book, maybe? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well I can still go to the barn and see Biasini and give him him some carrots. My leg needs some strengthening and
      i have exercises from my physio to do while I’m not riding. I am also reading a good book….a biography of Roger Federer. Thanks so much for your comment.

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      1. Pepper says:

        Sounds like youโ€™ll be staying busy, Anne. I am sure Biasini is always glad to see you. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Yes he is. I usually see him every day so he would wonder what was going on if I didn’t turn up.

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  11. Emma Cownie says:

    I hope the operation went well – my father had skin cancer on his ear, removed several years ago. Now has to wear a hat in the sun. No problems. I hope you will be the same!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It was a very short and simple removal of the spot. I always wear a hat and sunscreen as well here in Florida. The damage was done when I was a kid and sunscreen was not around then. Thanks for commenting Emma.

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  12. Wishing you a speedy recovery and a blessed weekend dear Anne ๐ŸŒบ xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Xenia it was just a very small surgery so I am well on the way to recovery now.

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      1. That’s great to hear ๐Ÿ’– xxx

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  13. Michele Lee says:

    Love the title of your post, Anne. Always a treat to watch your videos. Wishing you a speedy recovery. ๐ŸŒป

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you it was just a tiny surgery so I am already well on the mend!

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  14. I have a month without boxing/lifting, because of my cataracts. Donโ€™t you hate it when you are so restricted ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well for me it is only a week in total so I can’t complain too much. Hang in there Susie it will be worth it in the end.

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      1. I am doing lots of walking and dancing ๐Ÿ’ƒ

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  15. Prayers for healing to you Anne. Have a good weekend.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you I appreciate your support.

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      1. You are most welcome. Peace.

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