|PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, is supple and moves freely forward in a clear rhythm with a steady tempo, accepting contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Halts may be through the walk.||RIDER #||5576|
USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 3
|Enter working trot |
Proceed working trot
|Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||8||8||good straightness and balance|
|Track left |
|Regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in turns||7||7||steady|
|3||A-C||Serpentine 3 equal loops width of the arena||Regularity and quality of trot; supple changes of bend on centerline; geometry; balance||7||2||14||accurate with clear bend|
|4||Between C & M||Working canter right lead||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7||7||prompt|
|5||B||Circle right 20m||Regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||6.5||6.5||2nd half small|
|6||A||Working trot||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner||6.5||2||13||slight loss of balance/suppleness in trans|
|7||Before K |
|Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk||6||2||12||could be straighter with more activity|
|Change rein, free walk|
|Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, calm transitions; bend and balance in corner||7.5||2||15||good relaxation, stretch, and energy. Slightly tense after retake of reins at M|
|9||C||Working trot||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7||7||obedient|
|10||C-A||Serpentine 3 equal loops width of the arena||Regularity and quality of trot; supple changes of bend on centerline; geometry; balance||6.5||2||13||first loop was a bit large|
|11||Between A-F||Working canter left lead||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7||7||willing|
|12||B||Circle left 20m||Regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||6.5||6.5||circle is correct size and shape but could be centered better|
|13||C||Working trot||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7||2||14|
|Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing horse to stretch forward and downward, while maintaining contact|
Shorten the reins
|Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, calm transitions||6.5||2||13||stretch could be deeper and more active|
|Down centerline |
|Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||7||7||slightly crooked|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||7||2||14|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||7.5||2||15|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||8||8|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||7||7|
|Lovely demonstration of correct training and good preparedness and execution!|
|Hi, Mairead, I really enjoyed watching your test! It was very well done overall and you should be proud of the teamwork displayed. Your horse is very obedient and tries very hard. The harmony was a highpoint throughout the test.
One note of caution is that the poll sometimes gets a little low. The horse has a low neck set, and a rather short neck, so this tendency is understandable in this conformation. Still, you will have to monitor that, particularly as you progress up to First Level. While the poll does get low, you do an excellent job with keeping the balance fairly level and off of the shoulders. Good job!
An area where you lost some points was in the medium walk. It was crooked and not forward enough. It can be difficult to improve the walks…often we mess them up even more! I would experiment with adding more leg or seat influence as soon as the walk is established, and giving a bit more rein (not throwing it away, but allowing a little more freedom with my elbows). Fix your eyes firmly on your destination and do not allow any wandering from that point. Try to find a good clear rhythm of 1234, 1234, and keep it. Go back and forth between the free walk and the medium walk, keeping your legs on, keeping that 1234 rhythm, with a soft following contact.
Be sure your circles are the correct size – each half should be the same. Ensure they are well centered too. Find the diagrams of the tests and study the geometry. I do an exercise where we count the strides of each half of a circle; if the first half has 7 strides, the 2nd half must also have 7 strides.
Likewise, each loop of the serpentine must be equal. Be a little less “diagonal” across the centers – yes, do a couple of straight strides but not so many that it loses the bendy feeling of a well ridden serpentine.
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 the exercises discussed above and I hope they are helpful to you.