|PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and in addition to the requirements of Training Level, has developed the thrust to achieve improved balance and throughness and maintains a more consistent contact with the bit.|
All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated.
USDF FIRST LEVEL TEST 1
|Enter working trot |
Proceed working trot
|Regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||7||7||fairly straight|
|Track left Half circle left 10m, returning to track at H||Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness||6.5||6.5||overshot X|
|3||B-X||Half circle right 10m, returning to track at M||Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of half circle; bend; balance; straightness||7||7|
|Circle left 20m in rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward while maintaining contact Shorten the reins Working trot||Forward and downward stretch over the back into a light contact, maintaining balance and quality of trot; bend; shape and size of circle; willing, clear transitions||6||2||12||stretch the poll deeper to lift the back|
|Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trot||Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corner||6.5||6.5||shows some effort but needs longer steps|
|6||A||Medium walk||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7||2||14|
|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; willing, clear transitions||6.5||2||13||active steps, could stretch lower|
|Working trot |
Working canter left lead
|Willing, clear transitions; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner||5||2||10||above bit|
|9||H-V||Lengthen stride in canter||Willing, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo||5||5||very crooked, not much lengthening|
|10||V||Circle left 15m Develop working canter in first half of circle||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||5||5||circle very large and not centered at V|
|Change rein |
|Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of gaits; bend and balance in corner; straightness||6.5||6.5||be more supple|
|12||C||Working canter right lead||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner||5.5||2||11||hollow|
|13||M-P||Lengthen stride in canter||Willing, clear transition; moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of canter; straightness; consistent tempo||5.5||5.5||hq falls in, show more difference|
|14||P||Circle right 15m Develop working canter in first half of circle||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||5.5||5.5||large, falling in, show more bend in the body|
|15||A||Working trot||Willing, clear transition; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; bend and balance in corner||7||7|
|Change rein, lengthen stride in trot Working trot||Moderate lengthening of frame and stride; regularity and quality of trot; straightness; consistent tempo; willing, clear transitions; bend and balance in corners||6.5||6.5||neck a little tense|
|Half circle left 10m Down centerline Halt, salute||Bend and balance in half circle; regularity and quality of trot; willing, clear transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||6.5||6.5||connection could be straighter on turns|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters||6||2||12||develop lengthenings|
|3||Submission||Willing cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements||6||2||12||straightness, connection could be more elastic|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Alignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits||7||7|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Clarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test||6||6||response to Bending aids|
|Further Remarks impressive horse with much potential as straightness, power, and balance develop|
Lovely impressive horse! First level is all the lengthenings, so here is an area where you can improve. Practice going forward and back on a circle (trot or canter). Slow the gait down, make the horse really wait to go forward. Supple with half halts on both reins, really push the ribcage out using your inside leg. Pushing the ribcage over gives the hind legs a safe place to come underneath the body. Once the horse is supple and bending, increase your posting energy emphasizing the UP part of the post and applying both calves. Only add as much energy as you can still maintaining suppleness and bend. Gradually increase the energy and power as the balance and thrust develop. As your lengthenings improve on the circle, start trying them on short straight lines; if the HQ falls in, go back to the circle and power down until you can keep it all under control.
Work on more elastic connection overall. A little rounder topline. Think tiny leg yield to really get in the corners to help with bend and also right before your transitions.
In the stretchy trot and free walk, the poll needs to come even lower, low enough to lift the back and enhance swing. The horse needs to reach out and down to the bit.
I believe all 3 of these area will be improved simultaneously as you concentrate on them.