|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.
|CADORA WALK TROT TEST F|
|Enter working trot. Halt. Salute.|
Proceed working trot.
|Straightness on centre line. Transitions.|
Quality of transition & halt.
Between C & H
H - X - F
|Track left. |
Change rein, working trot.
|Quality of turn & transition.|
Straightness on diagonal.
|6.5||6.5||fairly steady; very slight tension at the poll|
Circle right 20m in diameter.
Proceed to K.
|Quality of trot. Roundness of circle.||6.5||6.5||some nose wag|
K - X
|Medium walk. |
|Transition. Rhythm of walk.||7.5||7.5||good steps|
|5||X - M - C||Free walk||Rhythm of walk.||6.5||2||13|
shows activity but could stretch down more
|6||C - H||Medium walk.||Transition. Rhythm of walk.||7||7|
|7||H - E|
E - K - A
Circle left 20m in diameter.
|Transition. Roundness of circle. Quality of trot.||6.5||6.5||some unsteadiness|
|Turn down centre line.|
|Quality of turn. Straightness on centre line & of halt.||6||6||halt could be prepared better|
Leave arena in free 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||6.5||2||13||some tension in connection|
|4||Rider||Position and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.||6.5||2||13||high hands; gripping with legs|
|Some nice moments for well turned out pair|
|Nicely presented pair! Horse has good gaits and activity.
While your horse is mostly steady in the bridle, sometimes the poll is too high and the neck is tight. You are able to correct this, but try to anticipate when it happens and use some half halts to prevent it. The nose wag is also a telling sign that a rider is trying to work the jaw back and forth to get the horse to be more round. It’s better to use the half halts on just one side at this stage, do lots of circles and play around with varying your speed (forward and back) on the circle to improve the suppleness/softness of the connection.
Since every dressage test has at least one halt, it’s a good idea to teach the horse to halt straight, immobile, and square from the very beginning. Start to prepare earlier for your halts, and teach your horse to halt more from your seat becoming heavier with less reliance on pulling back with your reins.
Work on staying a bit closer to the saddle when posting. Think of it as sliding up and down a pole and keeping your hips a little quieter as you rise. Be softer in your stirrups too, don’t jam your feet onto the stirrup pad. Allow the weight to filter down softly into your heel.
Keep your hands lower overall and think of pushing your hands down as you post.
Good luck as you progress!