Tag: dressage rider aids

  • Discouraged? What comes next?

    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…

  • My Next Goal! Wait…What?

    My Next Goal! Wait…What?

    I spluttered in disbelief…

  • 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…

  • Going Forward by Going Back to Basics.

    Going Forward by Going Back to Basics.

    Biasini is a good worker but not a mind reader!

  • I Never Expected This!

    I Never Expected This!

    At the start of this week my coach Belinda Trussell said she wanted to make my horse, Biasini , more sensitive to the aids. She came up and took hold of my lower leg and demonstrated how light she wanted my leg aid to be. Let me tell you it was a feather touch! Then…

  • Biasini Speaks: Shhh…I’m Listening!

    Biasini Speaks: Shhh…I’m Listening!

    Well Dear Humans I have been working hard lately. Coach Belinda has been very rigorous in the amount of work she has been asking Ma Leueen to ask me to do. This week Coach Belinda is away and I thought I might get a break but no…. Ma Leueen arranged for Assistant Lynsey to give…

  • Inside? Outside? Which side? Which way?

    Inside? Outside? Which side? Which way?

    I tell my students they are ‘peeing on the hydrant’ when I see that leg come away from the horse’s side.