|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 FIRST LEVEL TEST B|
|Enter working trot. |
Halt. Salute. Proceed working trot.
|Straightness on centre line & halt. Quality of trot. Transitions.||7||7||straight halt (wait for halt to be established prior to salute)|
|2||C||Track right. Proceed to B.||Smoothness of turn. Quality of gait||7||7||supple|
|Half-circle right 10m. in diameter.|
Leg-yield left to H. Proceed working trot to M
|Quality of trot. Balance in leg-yield. Straightness||6||2||12||haunches trail|
|Change rein lengthen stride rising|
|Straightness on diagonal. Balance of lengthening and in transitions||6||2||12||shows effort but steps could be longer|
|Turn down centre line Leg-yield right to M. |
Proceed working trot
|Quality of turn. Balance in leg- yield. Straightness||6||2||12||haunches trail, slight twisting in poll|
|Working trot |
|Quality of trot. Transitions. Quality of walk.||6||6||vague trans|
|7||HXF||Change rein free walk.||Straightness across arena. Rhythm of walk.||6||2||12||shows stretch but needs more activity|
|8||FE||Working trot.||Transition. Quality of trot.||7||7||prompt|
|Circle right 20m letting the horse stretch forward and downward. Before E, shorten the reins |
Working trot to C
|The stretching forward and downward. Quality and tempo of trot. Transition.||6||6||show deeper stretch|
|10||C||Working canter and circle right 15m in diameter||Transition. Quality of canter. Roundness and bend of circle||6.5||6.5||poll high with tension developing in neck|
|Lengthen stride |
|Lengthening of frame and stride. Balance and straightness. Transitions||5.5||5.5||crooked. Needs more power and length of stride|
|12||K - 1/4 line - H||Loop, working canter (no lead change). Proceed to M||Quality of canter. Bend and balance of loop||6.5||6.5||slight overbending of neck|
|Working canter |
|Straightness on diagonal. Balance in transition. Quality of gaits.||8||8||straight, good balance and energy|
|14||A||Working canter and circle left 15m in diameter||Quality of canter. Roundness and balance of circle||6.5||6.5||tense in connection|
|Lengthen stride in canter |
|Lengthening of frame and stride. Balance and straightness. Transitions||6||6||better effort but crooked|
|16||H - 1/4 line - K||Loop, working canter (no lead change). Proceed to F||Quality of canter. Bend and balance of loop||6||6||losing HQ/balance during loop|
|Working canter |
|Straightness on diagonal. Transition. Quality of gaits||7||7|
|Change rein lengthened stride in trot|
|Lengthening of frame and stride. Straightness on diagonal||6||6||be bolder|
|Turn down centre |
|Smoothness of turn. Straightness of centre line & halt.||8||8|
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.||6||2||12||develop lengthenings|
|3||Submission||Attention, confidence, ease of the movements, acceptance of the bit, lightness of forehand||6||2||12||could be more supple to hand|
|4||Rider||Position and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.||7||2||14|
|Well suited pair with confidence. Work to add more power and thrust and length to the lengthened paces, showing clear transitions into and out of each.|
|Hi, Paula, there is much to like about your test. You two present a confidence picture
with good accuracy in the movements. Your energy is fairly steady throughout the test
with an even tempo. Your horse shows good suppleness and acceptance of the bit is
demonstrated most of the time.
One area for you to work on is the transition into the canter. The poll becomes tight and
the neck raises. An exercise to improve this is to do some transitions on 15 or even 10
meter circles. Ride the circle in trot and increase the energy; then decrease the energy;
go back and forth between the two paces. When this becomes very fluid, instead of
increasing the energy of the trot, simply ask for canter. When in the canter on the circle,
don’t overbend the neck – allow him to be a little straighter in the neck but ask for more
suppleness in the jaw (that comes from your elbows in half halts).
Another thing to improve is your lengthening in trot and canter. Try going across the
long diagonal but slowing down – walking or even halting – for several steps over X.
Make sure you don’t lose straightness in these bigger gaits: are your stirrups even
weighted, are you posting straight, do your reins/hands feel evenly balanced? Often we
are so anxious to go faster that we lose our own straightness and balance. So practice
shorter bursts of energy at home and gradually increase the distance as your horse
becomes stronger and better balanced in this idea. Be sure your transitions into and
out of the lengthenings are clear! When coming down from a lengthening, I often
pretend that I need to make a 10m circle immediately so I need to rebalance and slow it
down so my horse does not go careening widely on that circle.
I found your position to be secure and well aligned. Your seat is independent and your
hands are quiet. You should have no problem executing with more success the
exercises discussed above.