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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, is supple and moves freely forward in a clear rhythm with a steady tempo, accepting contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Halts may be through the walk.RIDER #5472
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NAME:Linda Stanger
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 60.962%
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USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66CL is fairly straight but horse falls right both into and out of halt
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Track left

Circle left 20m
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6212needs energy and more consistent bend, a little long in frame at times with poll too low
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3ACircle left 20m developing left lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66runs into canter, heavy on inside shoulder, but tempo steady in canter
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4A-F-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness66straight but beginning to run away as horse falls on forehand
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5Between B & MWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner6212obedient but rider standing in stirrups and leaning forward and pulling, lacks honest balance
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6CMedium walkWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner6212rider pulling into walk, walk has energy but frame is long
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7E-F

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Change rein, free walk

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, calm transitions7214clear stretch and overtrack with nice swing through back
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8AWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness66nicely on aids but lacks energy, a little deep into corner- this is only Tr1 not GP!
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9ECircle right 20mRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6212steady tempo and consistent bend, better frame but needs impulsion
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10CCircle right 20m developing right lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance5.55.5very heavy on shoulders and unbalanced, breaks and recovers but even more off balance
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11C-M-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness66crooked and on shoulders, rider leaning forward
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12Between B & FWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner6212obedient but not in balance, rider pulling and out of saddle
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13A

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Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66very straight CL then horse swings HQ right into halt
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6212
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6212
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse66
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions66
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Capable pair but lack of forward energy and judicious use of half halts cause horse and rider to come out of balance onto shoulders esp in canter work. Horse needs to move more powerfully from the HQ and rider needs to stay stronger in her core.

Hi Linda! Thank you for submitting your video this month. Your horse is super kind and willing and I think that you can significantly improve your scores with some tweaks. You have a very nice seat and you sit well in the trot; however, I want to encourage you to try rising as that will help you drive your horse more actively forward. We think of the energy as being generated from the hind legs, through the topline, into the rein and then recycling back under the horse to the hind legs. You are allowing the energy to "escape" out the front end so that, ultimately, your horse ends up on the forehand and is pulling himself (herself?) along from the front end. I would like to see you stay stronger in your core and think about using the rise in the post to help with power and balance. Think hips forward to the ears and shoulders back to the croup. Exaggerate your posting like a beginner to really establish a tempo and rhthym. I would like to see your up canter transitions better prepared. Dressage is funny....think of the up transition as if it is a downwards....sit tall, give a half halt, and think lift up into the canter almost like rearing rather than looking down and running. The quality of the transition will help you with the quality of the canter. If your horse starts out off balance, it is almost impossible to rebalance in the canter and the canter tends to get more strung out and heavy. Once that happens your only option is to pull on the reins when it is time for the downward. I think that these little changes in your position/way of riding will make big changes in your horse's way of going and will lead the way to your moving up the levels. Best of luck and happy riding!! On an entirely different note- I saw your email address is: lcsw....I was a social worker in my first life. I worked primarily in physical rehab- spinal cord and brain injuries. How about you?
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POINTS:158.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:158.5
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SCORE:60.962%
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