Discouraged? What comes next?

The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow. Robert Tew This past week I have had a struggle with my riding. I had one lesson this week when I could not get it together. My coach Belinda Trussell is always encouraging. But she also tells it like it is. Here is…

Ride That Horse!

Hello again! Yesterday I posted about the no stirrups work I did in my lesson last week with my coach Belinda Trussell. When I took my stirrups back we did canter work. Then, after a break, I asked to do some trot work . I wanted to see how it felt to ride the trot…

Facts about riding the Hot Tamale Horse!

A Hot Tamale horse! This is not a reference to the physical temperature of the horse but it could refer to the horse being “spicy”. In my lesson with my coach Belinda Trussell this week Biasini became a Hot Tamale Horse! He is not a horse that has a “hot” temperament but he can become…

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…

Straighten Up and Fly Right!

Last week my coach Belinda Trussell took a video of me riding down the long side in shoulder-in, turning onto the centerline to half pass left. When I watched he video I was shocked! For the first two or three strides of the half pass I was tipping over to the right. Whaaaat? We were…

“Phew”! But then “Uh Oh”!

I’m sure I am not the only amateur rider who gets through a difficult movement and thinks “Whew! Nailed it!” and then “Uh Oh!” I have lost something; the frame, the impulsion, the bend, there is always something that disappears in that split second of jubilation. In my Friday lesson this past week Belinda had…