|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 #||7803|
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.||7||7||Good Halt. Entry could be straighter.|
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 more 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||6||Depart needs balance and energy.|
|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||Losing clear four beat rhythm. Lope needs more "jump".|
|5||Before K||Develop working walk||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.||7.5||7.5||Fairly smooth.m|
|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||Clear rhythm. Needs more reach and ground cover.|
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||Needs forward energy. Loop should be more curved--less straight line.|
|8||Between K & A||Develop working lope, left lead||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.||5.5||5.5||Above bit in depart. Strides short.|
|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.||5.5||5.5||Needs more ground cover. Transition to jog slightly braced.|
|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||2||12||Better tempo and energy, but, movement requires forward and downward stretch.|
|11||B - C - H|
H - B
Change rein, working jog
|6.5||6.5||Strides short. Should track up more from behind.|
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.||6||6||Very little walk into halt, which is required. Leg needs to stay on in transition.|
Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5||Needs to show more freedom in strides.|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6||6||Needs more forward energy.|
|3||Rider’s Position, Seat, and Hands||Well-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)||7||7||Balanced seat.|
|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||6||6||Aids need to create more forward energy and bend.|
|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||6.5||2||13||Horse accepts aids, but, rider needs to create a more free flowing test.|
|Gorgeous Horse that looks the part! Test needs more forward energy throughout. (Additional suggestions below.)|
|Highlights: This is a willing horse that is obedient to aids. Also, the attire is well thought out and compliments the horse. The rider is quiet and well balanced.
Low points: Overall, the performance needs more forward energy. The lope is not always clearly a three beat gait in this test. The horse needs to be asked to stretch more over its topline and through the neck in free walk and stretch circle.
Focus: Forward energy!
Ideas for development:
1) Rise to the jog. Posting is allow in this level and encourages a horse to move more freely through its back. Remember, the working cowboy had to cover a lot of ground in a day. So your horse needs to be able to lengthen its strides.
2) As your horse responds to aids and moves out, be sure that your balance stays a little more forward--if it falls behind the horse's balance, it will slow you down. Be sure that your feet stay under your hips--so that, if the horse were to disappear, you would be standing.
3) In the lope, your leg and following seat, need to ask for a longer stride. Pick spots in your arena to lope from and to. Count the number of strides it takes to cover that distance. The next time you go by, use a pulsing leg and lighter seat to encourage the horse to reduce the number of strides needed for the distance. (Ask the horse to jump forward more.)
4) For a better free walk, the horse has to understand that the leg doesn't always mean to increase from walk to trot. So, you actively use your leg at the walk, and let more rein out. Most horses will think that you want to jog. When then break into the jog, just bring the horse back, settle, and ask again. Eventually, the horse will respond be increasing strides. Then, it's your job to praise, and give him a break. So he knows he did what you wanted. This takes time, and patience, but, horses need to take a leg at the walk and move out.
5) For more stretch in the jog circle, take the reins first, with a little more "feel" than you use normally. Then, release the rein, use a light and quick let, and be sure that your seat is light. If your seat is heavy, it will make the horse want to hollow its back--not stretch round over its topline. Give and take--try one rein at at time and both at the same time. Do this at the walk and jog. This is also beneficial at the lope. At the lope, you will feel how much your seat has to help the horse balance in a more rounded frame.