“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…

“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…

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…

Olympic Inspiration!

Watching the best riders in the world go through the Grand Prix, one of the most difficult of Dressage tests, and the next day the GP Special is a joy and also an opportunity to learn a lot. I watched these riders and I saw all the things that my coach Belinda Trussell keeps telling…

“You won’t like your video.”

I have no lesson video this week. I had a conversation about the video Belinda had taken in my lesson. The conversation went like this. Belinda:”You won’t like your video. But there were good moments in between. “ Me: “But you didn’t get those moments, the good moments, on the video?” Belinda: “No , I…

My Horse has infinite patience.

“Trying to understand is like straining through muddy water. Have the patience to wait! Be still and allow the mud to settle.” – Lao Tzu This week in one of my lessons with Belinda Trussell the mud settled. “You need more bend!” “More angle! Bring the hindquarters!” This is what Belinda would endlessly be telling…