Last week Belinda Trussell rode Biasini. She mounted up and asked me if I had any requests! What would I like to see her do with Biasini. I asked for some canter half pass and then perhaps some work on pirouettes.
Belinda agreed and then she warmed up Biasini. Once he was warmed up she demonstrated the canter half pass and went directly into a pirouette then continues with half pass to the other side of the arena. Here is a video.
Just then Lynsey Rowan , who was also riding in the arena and often rides Biasini, asked Belinda to show us a centerline to halt at X (The CenterPoint of the dressage arena.). For all the more advanced tests the horse and rider enter in canter and then halt at x. The halt should be square with all legs and hooves even and underneath the horse. You can see that Belinda looks to the mirror at the side of the arena to check that the halt is square. My videoing is not the best and you can hear me tell Belinda that I think her halt was “excellent”. In a test the horse and rider are coming down the centerline straight toward the judge at C. Any wiggling or lack of straightness will be visible to the judge.
As you may know if you read my recent post “It is what it is” You will know that I am not riding for several months. But both Belinda and Lysney will be taking Biasini into the show ring in Wellington Florida this winter season. I am looking forward to being a spectator for that!
*Featured image by Lexi Bradbury*
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