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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and throughness and to maintain a more consistent contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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RIDER #5507-1
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NAME:Laila Haidar
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Max Pts:360
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Final Score:60.833%
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USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 3
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77fairly straight
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2C

H-X-F

F
Track left

Change rein, lengthen stride in trot

Working trot
Bend and balance in turns; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; consistent tempo5.55.5must take longer, more powerful steps
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3V - ILeg yield rightRegularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo; alignment; balance and flow6212haunches trail
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4I

I

C
Circle left 10m

Straight ahead

Track left
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance; straightness on centerline77fairly steady, be more energetic to improve
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5S-LLeg yield leftRegularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo; alignment; balance and flow6212show better alignment
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6L

L

A
Circle right 10m

Straight ahead

Track right
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance; straightness on centerline6.56.5losing energy
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7E





Before E

E
Circle right 20m rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward while maintaining contact

Shorten the reins

Working trot
Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, clear transitions6212obedient to stretch, could lift the back and swing more
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8HMedium walkWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend; balance; straightness7214prompt
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9M-V

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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, clear transitions6212could stretch and step more actively
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10K

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Working trot

Working canter, left lead
Willing, calm transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner6.56.5keep more energy into canter trans
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11F-X-MOne loop maintaining left leadRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of loop; positioning; balance5.5211losing balance of HQ
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12CCircle left 15mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66canter could show more suspension
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13H-VLengthen stride in canterModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; willing, clear transition; straightness; consistent tempo5.55.5this should be your working canter
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14VWorking canterWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corners66vague
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15F-X-H

X
Change rein

Change of lead through trot
Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness88better balance and bolder here
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16M-X-FOne loop maintaining right leadRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of loop; positioning; balance5.5211not to X avoids difficulty
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17ACircle right 15mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance55very large
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18K-SLengthen stride in canterModerate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; willing, clear transition; straightness; consistent tempo55very little lenthening shown
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19SWorking canterWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner5.55.5must have more clarity
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20CWorking trotWilling, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner77
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21M-X-K

K
Lengthen stride in trot

Working trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; consistent tempo66should have more thrust and balance
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22A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity66could be freer and more elastic
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters5.5211needs more activity throughout test
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3SubmissionWilling cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements6212obedient
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4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits6.56.5hands/arms could be more independent
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test66develop stronger response to leg aids
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Very obedient and willing horse!  Work to inspire more energy.  Be confident to develop more elasticity and freedom in your connection. 
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POINTS:219
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ERRORS:
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SUBTOTAL:219
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SCORE:60.833%
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Extra Feedback
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Hi Laila,
I enjoyed watching your test. Your horse appears to be the perfect school master type, very honest and willing. You two display excellent team work and harmony, so great job on that!
Your performance will benefit from more energy throughout the test. Be bolder, take some chances! The lengthenings really need to be more expressive, and show a clear difference from your working pace. Practice doing your lengthenings on a circle, adding some leg pressure and posting UP a bit higher, stay UP just a tiny bit longer, really emphasize that up part of your post. Do this for maybe half a circle, then bring the energy back down for half a circle. Continue to develop this response until you can maintain it longer – say perhaps the entire circle. In your test, the time to develop that increased energy is during the short side before your lengthening. Rev him up all through the short side, then as you hit the first letter you will turn his shoulders directly towards your next letter, and let that energy out. It’s easy to bring them back from the lengthenings at this level, because you are always approaching another short side where you can bend to help slow them back down, or a circle (in the canters).
I believe more energy would also improve your leg yields. They could flow sideways more freely, and be better aligned. When the haunches trail, we need to quicken that inside hind, so tap a little with that spur and get that hind leg more responsive. A good exercise for you to try is the stairstep. Just do a couple of steps of leg yield, then stop the sideways and go straight ahead for a couple steps, then back to a couple steps of leg yield, etc. Refresh your energy on your straight ahead steps. Schooling this exercise helps you learn how your outside rein is responsible for the balance of the shoulder, how far sideways you go, and keeps the straightness (alignment).
I found your position to be secure and well aligned. Your arms are somewhat stiff, so practice really using your elbows to do your half halts. At home, exaggerate the following motions of the walk and canter to get your arms moving. To be effective, our arms must move and follow the bit, yet remain soft. Keeping your elbows bent with your upper arms back a little will help you find this elasticity in the contact.

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