|PURPOSE: Tests confirm that the horse is supple and moves freely forward in a clear steady rhythm, accepting light contact with the bit. The horse demonstrates greater understanding of the aids and calm acceptance of the bridle; greater emphasis is placed on relaxation, harmony, rideability and pure gaits. The horse is beginning to develop more impulsion and balance.||RIDER #||7843|
WDAA BASIC LEVEL TEST 3
|Enter working jog|
Halt through the walk, salute Proceed working jog
|Straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transitions in and out of square, straight halt; immobility; willingness.||6||6||Transition to halt not straight. Walk steps on move off.|
M - X - F
One loop, working jog
|Balance and bend in the turn; balance and bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.||6.5||6.5||Needs forward energy.|
|3||Between F & A||Develop working lope, right lead||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.||6.5||6.5||Smooth depart, but, strides need more lift.|
|Circle right 20m, working lope|
Develop working jog
|Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the jog.||5.5||5.5||Needs ground cover. Lope loses clear rhythm.|
|5||Before K||Develop working walk||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.||7||7|
|6||K - B |
|Change rein, free walk |
|Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; regularity and quality of the walks;willing, smooth transition.||7||2||14||Good energy. Slight loss of rhythm at B.|
H - X - K
One loop, working jog
|Willing, smooth transition to jog; balance and bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.||6||6||Not forward. Loop should be more curved.|
|8||Between K & A||Develop working lope, left lead||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.||6.5||6.5||Prompt, but needs energy.|
|Circle left 20m, working lope |
Develop working jog
|Balance and bend on the circle and in corner; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition, regularity and quality of the jog.||6||6||Strides "earthbound".|
|Circle left 20m, free jog |
Gather the reins, working jog
|Stretch forward and downward over topline with relaxation maintaining balance, tempo and regularity of jog; bend on the circle and in corners; smooth, willing retake of the reins and transition to working jog.||6.5||2||13||Should show more different in forward and downward stretch.|
|11||B - C - H|
H - B
Change rein, working jog
Halt through the walk, salute
|Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.||8||8||Straight halt. Could be more sustained.|
Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5||Lope need more freedom.|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6.5||6.5||Needs to be more equally supple left and right.|
|3||Rider’s Position, Seat, and Hands||Well-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)||6.5||6.5||Balance is behind horse's center of balance. Rider needs to be more centered in saddle.|
|4||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Evidenced by the horse's responsiveness; steady elastic connection cultivating athletic expression. Accuracy - precise placement of the figures and transitions, the effectiveness of the rider's aids determines the accurate fulfillment of the required movements of the tests||7||7||Smooth transitions. Horse needs to be more forward to leg aids.|
|5||Harmony||The horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider with attention, relaxation and confidence; and demonstrates a willing partnership between horse and rider resulting in a free flowing performance||7.5||2||15||Good partnership. Rider needs to ask more from horse.|
|Higher scores will be made with a little more development of energy in the lope. Rider needs to be more centered in saddle--tends to sit a little to the right.|
|High Points: Smooth, willing and safe ride. Rider is secure in saddle.
Lo Points: Horse needs to be more equally supple left and right. Rider could be more balanced over horse's center of gravity.
Focus on: Equal bending left and right.
Exercises: In watching your videos, your horse is more willing to flex and position to the left than to the right. There could be at least two reasons. First, over the time that you've been riding your horse, if you don't pay attention to what side the horse prefers to carry your weight, it will always put you on the same side--or like a woman with a baby--carry you on its same hip. Try posting the jog. If it's the horse's preference, it will always try to put you on the same diagonal. To school the horse more equally, keep posting, but change your rising diagonal every fourth time you rise (sit one bounce in between). If you aren't used to seeing the diagonal, have someone watch you, as the horse may try to "balance" you back onto the same diagonal each time.
You don't have to rise all the time, but, in warm up jogs, it's not a bad idea to practice this exercise the first 5-10 minutes of your work out jog.
This is a better exercise than trying to "supple" your horse by schooling small circles in the walk, which mostly over flexes the neck.
However, true serpentines width of the arena--ridden like three 20 meter half circles joined may help if you ride your horse straight over the centerline at the jog and change the bend for the new half circle with your legs, keep the horse straight in the neck. Use your new inside leg to push your horse's body over to your new outside rein to help create the little bend that you need. Remember, ride the horse straight over the centerline, not on a diagonal, and move the horses body with your leg to create the change of direction.
And now, that second reason.
In the previous test, I mentioned your position needed to be more centered in the saddle. I also feel that you don't open your hips equally--so your left hip is not as open usually as the right. On your horse, let your legs hang down without stirrups, one leg at a time, straighten your knee in front of you--start with the right. Then, without bending your knee, bring your heel a few inches back under your hip. (Hint: You have to open your hip joint, like a runner's lunge. If you don't, your're cheating!) Then, try it on the left. I think you may have more trouble with the left than the right. This is a good exercise to do everytime you ride. I usually do it when I give my horse it's first walk break after the initial warm up jog/lope.
Overall, this is a really nice partnership, that is capable of higher scores and levels.