Every time you ride your horse you are training him or her. So it is important to be aware, and focused. It is also important to be fit so you don’t get tired and start to give your horse mixed signals.
This past week I had two lessons with coach Belinda and for Friday I had a lesson booked with Belinda’s assistant trainer Lynsey Rowan. I have had a couple of lessons with Lynsey already and she is a fabulous, high energy instructor. I knew I needed to be ‘on the ball’ and firing on all cylinders. But on Thursday evening I was struck with a bit of a gastrointestinal upset. I knew my energy would not be at its best for the lesson. So I asked Lynsey to ride Biasini. It was so much fun to watch this professional ride my horse.
She started the warm up with trot work.
At one point as she passed by me she stopped and said she loved riding my horse. Then she moved on to some canter and when Biasini was warmed up she started to do a bit of work with him. Here is a short video of her doing a canter half pass and finishing it in shoulder fore. Lynsey told me she does this to check that Biasini is with her and not off in his own zone. Then she continues with the half pass.
You can hear Biasini grunting .This means he is working well. His half sister Bella Rose who was ridden in the Tokyo Olympics also grunts in the canter. So it must be a congenital grunt!
Lynsey finished up with some lovely trot.
When Lynsey had finished she told me that Biasini was like a “Sports car”! I was very proud of him and I look forward to next week when I will be able to ride him myself in a lesson with Lynsey!
And finally, I am feeling fine with no lingering effects.