|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 #||7468|
|CADORA TRAINING LEVEL TEST B|
|Enter working trot. Halt. Salute. Proceed|
|Straightness on centre line. Quality of transitions,|
|6.5||6.5||Halt slow to develop. Move off could be more prompt.|
|Track left. Circle left 20m.|
Proceed to F.
|Quality of turn & of trot. Roundness of circle.||6.5||6.5||Circle could be rounder with better bending.|
|3||FXH||Change rein, working|
|Straightness on diagonal.|
Quality of trot.
|4||Btw C&M||Working canter, right lead. Proceed to B.||Quality of transition. Rhythm of canter.||3||3||Wrong lead. Not corrected.|
|5||B||Circle right 20m.||Roundness of circle.|
Quality of canter.
|6.5||2||13||Could be more balanced.|
|6||Btw B&F||Working trot.||Smoothness of transition.|
Quality of trot.
|7||Btw F&A||Medium walk to K.||Quality of transition & trot.||7.5||7.5|
|8||KXH||Loop, free walk.||Quality & rhythm of walk.||7||2||14||Clear rhythm. Could show more downward stretch.|
|9||HC||Medium walk.||Quality of transition & of|
Circle right 20m allowing the horse to stretch forward & downward. Before B,
shorten the reins
|Forward / downward stretch over the back into light contact maintaining balance & quality of trot. Shape / size of circle,|
|6||2||12||Reins loose. Needs more downward stretch.|
Change rein, working trot.
|Quality of trot. Straightness on diagonal.||7||7||Stiffens poll.|
|12||Btw C&H||Working canter, left|
lead. Proceed to E.
|Quality of transition &|
|13||E||Circle left 20m.||Roundness of circle.|
Quality of canter.
|6.5||2||13||Balanced on shoulders.|
|14||Btw E&K||Working trot.||Smoothness & balance of|
transition. Quality of trot.
Turn down centre line.
|Quality of trot & turn at A. Straightness on centre line. Quality of transition & halt.||6||6||Moving, then, not straight.|
Leave arena in walk.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7.5||2||15|
|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||Stiff in poll. Canter on forehand.|
|4||Rider||Position and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.||6.5||2||13||Braces through arms. Leg should be more secure. Problem with first depart.|
|Elegant horse! Needs to be a little softer in connection. Work to achieve a more "elastic feel" in reins.|
|General Impression: Elegant horse with athletic talent, willing and workmanlike, but, more in a hunt seat frame.
Hi Points of Test: Forward and free moving in all movements. Straight to rider's aids.
Low Points: Needs to learn to stretch down in walk and stretch circles. Needs to be able to round over it's topline. Could be more influences by rider's aids to improve bending. Rider didn't notice the incorrect lead and act to correct it.
What to focus on: Putting the rider more in balance with the horse.
Exercises: 1) Stand up in your stirrups. If you fall back into the saddle, either you are gripping too much with your needs, or, your leg is too far in from of you. Open you hips, so you can draw your heels back without raising them. (If you bend your knee too much, you will raise your heels. This has to come from the hip joints.)
You might have to shorten your reins and bring your torso more forward to find the balance that your need. Once you can to this at a stand still, then, go to the walk, and trot, finding that balance.
This will make your lower leg more secure, because, your lower leg will now be supporting you.
2) Practice giving the reins away, one at a time. Give on the inside rein for two or three strides, taking the connection back (but, not pulling); then repeat on the outside rein; then repeat with both reins. You only need a few strides and you need to feel the connection when you take it back like an "elastic band". Practice this at the walk, trot, and finally canter. When you get to the canter, and give with both hands, you should feel how much support you need to give through your seat to support the horse.
3) Lighten your seat. For the horse to be able to stretch down into a rounder connection, you can't be overly strong with your seat aids. Think about it: if someone were to come up to you and push you on your back, it would hollow your back (arch it). What we want from your horse is for it to stretch over it's topline, like a person touching their toes. For that, you need light aids. A light and quick leg and a light a following seat are desired.
4) For a better bend, use the inside leg lightly (like a little drumstick), and support it with straightening outside aids--so the horse doesn't overbend. You don't need a lot of bend for a 20 meter circle. Practice this with all three gaits. At this level, you do not have to go deeply into the corner, just show a difference between going through a corner and being on a circle.
About the wrong lead: If it's a continuous problem, pay attention to the horse's inside front leg. Set your horse up for a depart (a half halt), and only allow the horse to the canter when the inside front leg is coming forward. In your schooling, stop the horse from departing if they want to switch to the other lead, and, retry. The fact that it happened on only one lead gives me the impression that the horse has a preference and you were not out of balance. Check and correct quickly so the problem doesn't continue into the next movement.