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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and having achieved the thrust required in First Level, now accepts more weight on the hindquarters (collection); moves with an uphill tendency, especially in the medium gaits; and is reliably on the bit. A greater degree of straightness, bending, suppleness, throughness, balance and self-carriage is required than at First Level.JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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RIDER #5507
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NAME:Laila Haidar
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Max Pts:370
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Final Score: 59.865%
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2019 USDF SECOND LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter collected trot

Halt, salute
Proceed collected trot
Engagement, uphill balance and quality of trot; clear, balanced transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77fairly straight
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2C

H-P

P
Track left

Change rein, medium trot

Collected trot
Bend and balance in turns; moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance5.55.5nicely balanced but modest effort
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3P-K(Transitions H and P) Collected trotClear, balanced transitions; consistent tempo66vague
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4K-E

E
Shoulder-in right


Turn right
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot6212Angle could be clearer and steadier
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5B

B-M
Turn left

Shoulder-in left
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot5210not enough angle or bend.  Neck overbent
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6CHalt, rein back 3 to 4 steps
Proceed medium walk
Immobility; willing steps back with correct rhythm and count; straightness; clear transitions6212Cannot see hind legs to evaluate clear diagonal steps. Poll is low.
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7C-SMedium walkRegularity and quality of walk5.5211restricted, not tracking up
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8S-F

F
Change rein, free walk

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; clear, balanced transitions6212good stretch, could be more active
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9Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter right lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits66a bit hollow
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10K-S

S
Medium canter

Collected canter
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; clear balanced transitions55poll and energy too low
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11CCircle right 10mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance77correct bend, nicely supple
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12M-E

E-V
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness6212could be better balanced
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13V

K
Collected trot

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of gaits; clear, balanced transitions77prompt
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14Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter left lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits6.56.5losing some suppleness
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15F-R

R
Medium canter

Collected canter
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; clear balanced transitions55not enough angle or bend
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16CCircle left 10mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance77
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17H-B

B-P
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness6.5213better expression in the canter shown here
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18P

F
Collected trot

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of gaits; clear, balanced transitions77
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19Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter right lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits66slight anticipation
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20E

E-H-C-M
Collected trot

Collected trot
Clear, balanced transition; quality of trot; consistent tempo66sluggish steps
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21M-V

V
Change rein, medium trot

Collected trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance55no change in pace
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22V-A(Transitions M and V) Collected trotClear, balanced transitions; consistent tempo5.55.5unclear
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23A

X
Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; engagement, uphill balance and quality of trot; clear, balanced transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77straight
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Leave arena at A in free walk.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GAITS (Freedom and regularity)616could be more athletic and elastic
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2IMPULSION (Desire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters)5.5211develop more energy overall, esp in mediums
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3SUBMISSION (Willing cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements)6212Harmonious but very conservative
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4RIDER’S POSITION AND SEAT (Alignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits)616balanced on reins
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5RIDER’S CORRECT AND EFFECTIVE USE OF AIDS (Clarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test)616use more leg less rein
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Willing and cooperative horse, great confidence builder.  Has to be more forward thinking for this level.
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POINTS:221.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:221.5
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SCORE:59.865%
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Extra Feedback
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Hi Laila,
I enjoyed watching this test as well, but I kept using my spurs 😊 Your lovely school master type horse is honest and willing but needs an energy boost for proficiency in this level.
As we discussed for your First Level test, it just needs to be more forward. You can’t slow the trot in order to sit better. Practice developing your confidence so that you can close your legs, give in some on your reins, and let him flow more freely forward. The poll became low a few times this test; this is a result of not enough carrying power from the hind legs as well as the rider being restrictive in the contact.
One of your horse’s strong points is a relatively good uphill balance. He willingly wants to go around in a fair amount of self-carriage – you are so fortunate! So I don’t want you to send him so forward that you lose this balance and he starts to go on his forehand. Try some cavaletti or pole work to help you experience the feeling of the shoulders being lifted. Then you want to find that feeling in all of your riding – that of the shoulders coming up because the hind legs come more under and are active.
Use some mirrors to help with the bend and angle for shoulders in. Sort of like the leg yields, the outside rein is critical to this movement. You cannot do it correctly by pulling the inside rein around. Also, I believe more activity will help these movements be easier to execute.
Second level requires all this sitting (sigh). Your horse looks fairly smooth but you still have to be active with your hips to encourage his energy level. As an exercise, push your belly button towards his poll every stride in the trot…you have to be active in order for him to be active. Work to be more secure in finding your seat bones; settle down in the saddle evenly. As you become more secure, then work on softening your arms so your connection can be more elastic. You get a bit restrictive in the contact and use your reins for balance. I feel your legs are steady and your balance is secure so just develop your confidence to let the reins belong more to the horse than you.
Good luck as you continue this journey on your special horse!

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