|All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless specified. Halts may be through the walk. To be ridden in an ordinary snaffle with the reins in both hands.||RIDER #||7088|
|CADORA TRAINING LEVEL TEST A|
|Enter working trot. |
Halt. Salute. Proceed working trot.
|Straightness on centre line. Quality of transitions,|
|5.5||5.5||fairly straight but fussy and unsettled in halt. never really settles and holds halt. try to sink your seatsbones softly into the saddle and relax your seat. hold both reins and relax. once you feel your horse breathe and settle then quietly shift the reins to one hand to salute. never be in a rush to settle your horse. the judge will wait! This very straight CL could have been a 7.5 if the halt had been establishe.|
|2||C||Track left. Proceed to K.||Quality of turn & of trot.||7||7||shows energy and straightness. be careful to show bend through the corner but on't go so deeply that your horse loses balance. think about riding 1/4 of a 10m circle as your corner and it will be more fluid and you will not need top overcorrect to straighten on the long side.|
|Working trot. |
Change rein, working trot.
|Quality of trot. Straightness on diagonal.||7||7||supple through corners, active, straight across diagonal. although your horse is willing into your hand there is a tendency to curl behind the vertical. be careful top keep your upper arms softly against your ribcage for support and to help engage your core- work to develop a quieter, mot inependent hand- you will not that your arms move with your body as you rise and sit in the posting rather than staying in place.|
|Working canter, right lead.|
Circle right 20m. Proceed to M.
|Quality of transition. Roundness of circle.||7||7||willing into canter and active in canter. showing bend most of the time. note that your horse canter with the croup high and the head and neck low- the canter itself has the same feeling of tipping down rather than lifting up. try to engage your core more and soften your hand an ride more with a feeling of back to front. your desire to make your horse round is translating into behin the vertical and on the shoulers rather than allowing your horse to express the natural uphill balance that is there. ride more with a sense of go and the round will take care of itself.|
|Working trot. Change rein, working trot.|
Proceed to A
|Quality of transition. Straightness on diagonal.||7||7||fairly balanced transition and showing straightness and bend. Be careful that horse wants to duck behind your hand. the feel is that you are tensing to ride more front to back than back to front. changing that mindset and feel will increase scores as it helps your horse progress up the levels|
|Circle left, 20m in diameter, rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward. Before A, shorten the reins. |
|Forward & downward stretch over the back with light contact maintaining balance & trot; size of circle; balanced transitions||6||2||12||inconsistent stretch. not that your hands are very wide which causes your horse to fall on the forehand and lose balance- as a result the reins get floppy and the horse bobs her head to try to maintain balance. You eed to stay balanced in your core and, with your hands together, reach gently towars your horse's ear maintaiing a soft connection so that you can continue to feel your horse's mouth an use subtle 1/2 halts to help with balance|
|7||Btw A&F||Medium walk.||Quality of walk. Transition||8||8||well done! you kept your horse's energy flowing forward into a sot hand allowing the walk to come from the HQ not the shoulders and encouraging activity in the walk. this is the same back to front feel I want you to have at all times!|
|8||FXM||Loop, free walk.||Reach & ground cover of walk allowing complete freedom to stretch forward & downward||6||2||12||rushing and very quick to pick up horse and horse hollows as reins are shortened. try to relax your seat and hips and allow the horse's movement to flow through you rather than holding yourself against the movement. if you feel the horse lacks overstep or energy, use your lower leg to push back against your horse's barrel as she swings into you with each step. don't start to pick your horse up until you are closer to the rail and use the turn to help shorten the reins an the stride|
|9||MC||Medium walk.||Quality of walk; transition||6.5||6.5||some march but beginning to anticipate the transition to trot and retracting neck and tightening back|
|10||CE||Working trot||Quality of trot; balanced transition from walk||7||7||forward and soft but a little overflexed in neck- try to roll your shoudlers back and engage your core as you soften your hand to allow horse to flow more freely under you|
|11||E||Working canter left lead & circle 20m in diameter. Proceed to K||Quality of transition & canter. Balance, size & roundness of circle||7||7||willing into canter and tempo and frame steady but needs to be more open in throatlatch ridden more back to front|
Turn down centre
|Quality of turn. Straightness on centre line. Quality of transition & halt.||6||6||balanced transition to trot and straight CL but halt is creeping and never truly established.|
Leave arena in walk.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||2||14|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward. Elasticity of the steps. Suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters.||7||2||14|
|3||Submission||Attention, confidence, ease of the movements, acceptance of the bit, lightness of forehand||7||2||14|
|4||Rider||Position and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.||7||2||14|
|Very nice pair- pleasant and harmonious ride. As you can see from the notes throughout the test, you have the potential for even higher scores as you learn to relax your seat a little more, use more leg aids, engage your core and soften your hand. This is a lovely test with very good scores but you can do better!! Really work on the halts in your regular training as those are the scores that lowered the overall score the most. Work on that super feeling you had in the trot-walk transition. Best of luck! Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.|