Today Lynsey had her lesson with Belinda Trussell.Lynsey and Biasini warmed up in the covered arena. At the trot Lynsey encourages Biasini to stretch down and she does rising trot to let his back swing. Belinda commented on how much she liked the trot and how nicely Biasini was swinging though his back. Lynsey let the reins go and gave him a pat on the neck.This lets him know he is doing just what she wants.
Belinda often told Lynsey to ride on the snaffle and to use her seat to push just leaving her legs at his sides flat and not push with her legs as this encourages him to pull down. It was interesting to see that when Lynsey gave a push from her seat Biasini would extend his stride and move more forward.
Then ,warm up over,they went outside for Biasini and Lynsey to go through the FEI Intermediare 1 test.
As soon as he started down the centerline Biasini’s ears pricked up and Biasini the “show horse” arrived. Lynsey had to give him quite a few half halts to get him focused on her.
They went through the test and it all looked pretty good to me. I have ridden this test in competition and I know it’s not easy. There is the zig zag in canter. The photo below shows Lynsey preparing Biasini to turn to the right onto the centerline for the zig zag..She has let him know something is coming and has collected him and started to bend him to the right.
In the warm up Belinda had Lysney work on shoulder in on the center line, going from right to left and back, to prepare for the zig zag. They executed the zig zag very well. Then came the three tempis ( flying change every third stride ) and then the twos( every second stride.)
The extended trot at the end of the test is another chance for Biasini to show off and Lynsey had to remind him not to be too extravagant.
Then the final halt. The photo below shows Biasini taking his final step into that halt. Lynsey is smiling!
This is not an easy test and I think they are doing very well. I am looking forward to seeing them in the show ring. Afterwards when I was giving Biasini a wash he looked quite tired. I put his tendon ice boots on and he went to his stall for some nice hay!When I took the boots off later he had perked up and looked happy. I think he knows he had done some good work!
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