“There’s a fire behind you!”

This week I learned that there is no time to think. I must just act! “Ride like there’s a fire behind you.” My coach Belinda Trussell said this several times in my lessons. “Ride with more urgency” Ride as if there is a fire behind me? This is not about getting Biasini to go faster….

Details!

“Details create the big picture.”

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…

“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…

Curvy or Arches

This is my response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Curvy or Arches! The fine curve of a horse’s neck. This may be my favorite curve of all.

“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…

“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…