Tag: Dressage horse training

  • From Pony Club to Proud

    From Pony Club to Proud

    Never give up. It can get better!

  • Fast Twitch Dressage Muscles!

    Fast Twitch Dressage Muscles!

    OK! last week I posted abut Extreme Dressage and this week I bring you Fast Twitch Dressage. For me the concepts of Fast and Slow Twitch muscles were things that belonged to the track and field world. Think sprinter versus marathon runner. My coach Belinda Trussell decided this past week that what she wanted me…

  • Extreme Dressage.

    Extreme Dressage.

    The term “extreme sports” usually denotes high risk with the athlete risking injury and possible death. Things like running a marathon across the Gobi Desert or in equestrian sport the higher levels of cross country in eventing. So when my coach Belinda Trussell told me on Friday we would be having an “extreme lesson” I…

  • Easier said than done!

    Easier said than done!

    Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin I heard this quote from Benjamin Franklin the other day and it struck a chord within for me . In equestrian sport it is so much easier to talk about how to do something well, than to actually do it well. Sitting in the tack room…

  • The Shape Changing Half Halt!

    The Shape Changing Half Halt!

    Shape Changing. I am not referring to the sort of shape shifting seen in Star Trek. This is a shape changing that refers to the horse changing shape; coming up in the withers and engaging actively with the hind quarters. What is a half halt? Even dressage riders discuss the half halt ad infinitum, ad…

  • Every Split Second!

    Every Split Second!

    “The quicker you can correct him in these split seconds he’s not going to get away.” This was the quote from my coach Belinda Trussell, in last week’s lessons, that has stuck in my mind. Belinda does not mean he will run off with me when she says Biasini will ” get away”. She means…

  • Surprise!


    A Surprise! Biasini wants to do some line-dancing moves! Take a look . Video is just 53 seconds. I will explain, after you watch it, why I had to put music over the sound track. Why the country and western music? Well someone, who shall remain nameless, uttered a mild expletive when Biasini did his…

  • Coming in on a wing and a prayer!

    Coming in on a wing and a prayer!

    Coming in on a wing and a prayer. During WWII there was a song about a fighter plane, with one motor gone, they radioed ahead to say “We’re coming in on a wing and a prayer. ” How does this relate to dressage? I don’t know about you but I have ridden dressage tests in…

  • We don’t have to be Perfect

    We don’t have to be Perfect

    A 10 is “excellent” not “perfect”.

  • The Warmup:What have I got today?

    The Warmup:What have I got today?

    The warmup….

  • The Olympian,the Uber Model, the Beautiful Venetian.

    The Olympian,the Uber Model, the Beautiful Venetian.

    The why and the how of the exercise.

  • The Olympians are in the arena!

    The Olympians are in the arena!

    Wednesday this week there were two Olympic dressage riders in the arena. My coach Belinda Trussell and Megan Lane. Megan was there to be the “eyes on the ground” to help Belinda. I was lucky enough to be able to watch Belinda ride two horses. The first was the 6 year old Diamanten Dave. The…