Why ride zig-zag canter poles?

This looks like such a simple exercise. Four canter poles laid out on the center line of the arena in a zig zag pattern . Here is a photo of the poles and how you ride them in a series of roll backs. A few years ago, when I was recovering from a surgery, I…

Doing it Alone

Emergency lockdown. No riding lessons allowed. I am “doing it alone.” And how is that going? Sometimes good, sometimes not so good. Monday I got on Biasini and started to walk around the arena. We got up to the far end and his head shot up in a Giraffe imitation and he began to snort….

My last lesson until….?

Well, we are now in the second State of Emergency since the Covid Pandemic began almost a year ago. What does this mean for me? It means I can still go to the barn and ride Biasini as we are permitted to “care for and ride our animals”. But lessons are not permitted. I believe…

A Statesmanlike Flying Change!

I do not have a photo nor do I have any video. You will just have to trust me on this. In my Thursday lesson Belinda has us work on leg yielding in trot and canter. For the canter work I would depart from the walk to the canter. If I engaged Biasini with a…

Riding the Dressage Horse like a Western Reiner!

I was having trouble with the shoulder in. Coach Belinda Trussell recognized what the problem was. “You are using too much inside rein. Try using both reins and neck rein him like a Western horse.” I did that but the inside are was still too dominant so I took my whip and held it horizontally…

When it’s time for the professional to mount up!

This week I had a lesson with my coach Belinda Trussell and things were just not going well enough. It was taking too long for me to do the exercise properly. The exercise was three 10 meter circles on the long side of the arena and in between the circles travers ( haunches in). What…