That Goldilocks bend!

“One millimeter more bend. Keep the activity! And the bend! ” These are the words of my coach Belinda Trussell during my lesson on Thursday this past week. One more millimeter? Not too much, not too little, just the perfect amount of bend. Just like Goldilocks’ porridge the bend has to be just right. It…

Belinda Trussell trains the Passage.

Here is the FEI definition of what is required for a passage ( pronounced pasahhje) The passage is a measured, very collected, elevated and cadenced trot . It is characterized by a pronounced engagement of the hindquarters, a more accentuated flexion of the knees and hocks and graceful elasticity of the movement Each pair of…

The Grand Prix. The Pressure!

Think about human athletes. Not everyone wants to go to the Olympics and face the pressure of that event. Other athletes come alive in that pressure. Think about any human performer. Not every singer or musician wants to be out on the stage of a gigantic stadium, like Wembley, in front of tens of thousands…

“More Activity!”

“More Activity” Belinda said as I cantered past her. She did not mean I should get Biasini to go faster or more forward. The activity she wants to see is in his hind legs. His hind end is where he must be more active. This past week I have been getting on Biasini and warming…

Biasini Speaks: Teaching Dave the Trails.

Hello again Dear Humans! This week I was given a teaching job. I was asked to go with Ma Leueen into the forest with Coach Belinda, riding her horse Dave and Super Groom Lexi walking beside Dave. Ma Leueen told me that my job was to give him confidence as he was not used to…

“Anything is Available.”

“Anything is available.” This is not a philosophical reflection on life or an inspirational quote. It is a comment from Belinda Trussell in my dressage lessons. If I am walking Biasini and go to pick up the trot. Belinda will let me know if I do not plan that departure! I will get a comment…

Caledon Dressage show Success!

This past weekend my coach Belinda Trussell and her assistant trainer Lynsey Rowan showed at the Caledon Dressage show in Palgrave. The weather was pleasant temperature wise but a very strong wind was blowing. You can see that from these flags. The first horse from Team Oakcrest (Belinda’s farm is Oakcrest Farm) that I watched…

“It Gets Easy Later”

“It gets easy later.” These are the words of Bob Westman who coaches Paralympian Marissa Papaconstantinou. Marissa won the bronze medal in the T-64 100 meter Dash! She had to come back from two bad hamstring injuries and her coach always said :”It’s hard now but it gets easy later.” I found this an interesting…

This is not a perfect. This is a practice.

Blogger Sarah Davis, the Yoga Cowgirl, shared a post that explained that she uses the phrase “this is not a perfect this is a practice” when teaching yoga. The phrase leapt off the page for me. I had a riding lesson /training session the next day. The phrase travelled through my mind often as I…