|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 SECOND LEVEL TEST A|
|Enter working trot. |
Halt. Salute. Proceed collected trot.
|Straightness on centre line. Transitions. Quality of trot & halt.||6.5||6.5||Be steadier X - C|
Change rein medium trot.
Collected trot. Proceed to F.
|Quality of turn. Transitions into & out of medium trot. Balance & straightness on diagonal. Lengthening of frame & stride.||6||6||Could be more uphill in balance with more power|
|3||FB||Shoulder-in left.||Quality of trot. Bend & angle. Balance & collection.||5||2||10||more like a leg yield. needs bend and angle|
|4||B||Circle left 10m. in diameter.||Quality of trot. Roundness, shape, size of circle. Bend.||7||7|
|5||BM||Travers left. Proceed to H.||Quality of trot. Angle, bend, balance, collection.||5||2||10||not enough angle and becomes fussy in bridle|
|Change rein medium trot.|
Collected trot. Proceed to K.
|Transitions into & out of medium trot. Lengthening of frame & stride. Balance & straightness.||6||6||develop more uphill balance and power|
|7||KE||Shoulder-in right.||Quality of trot. Bend and angle of shoulder-in. Balance & collection.||5.5||2||11||show more angle and bend|
|8||E||Circle right 10m. in diameter.||Quality of trot. Roundness, shape, size of circle. Bend.||7||7|
|9||EH||Travers right. Proceed to C.||Quality of trot. Angle, bend, balance, collection.||6||2||12||better effort, could show more angle and hold it consistently|
|10||C||Halt 5 seconds. Proceed medium walk.||Immobility & straightness of halt. Transition. Quality of walk.||6.5||6.5||almost square. mouth could be quieter|
|11||Btw M&B||Half-turn on the haunches right. Proceed medium walk.||Regularity of walk. Rhythm of turn.||6||2||12||large, some loss of rhythm. Tense steps after turn|
|12||Btw H&E||Half-turn on the haunches left . Proceed medium walk to M.||Regularity of walk. Rhythm of turn.||6.5||2||13||better effort, slightly large|
|Change rein in half- arena free walk. |
|Freedom & regularity of the walk. Lengthening of frame & stride. Transition.||6.5||2||13||good stretch, could be more active|
|14||A||Collected canter left lead. Proceed to B.||Balance and smoothness in transition. Straightness.||6||6||neck stiffens|
|15||B||Circle left 10m. in diameter. Proceed to H.||Roundness & size of circle. Bend. Collection.||6.5||6.5||correct size and shape, could be more uphill in balance|
|16||HXF||Change rein with simple change of lead at X. Proceed to K.||Quality of canter. Balance & quality of change. Straightness.||5.5||2||11||trot steps down|
|Medium canter. |
|Lengthening of stride & frame. Balance into & out of medium.||5.5||5.5||modest effort|
|18||MXK||Change rein with simple change of lead at X. Proceed to F.||Quality of canter. Balance & quality of change. Straightness.||5.5||2||11||trot steps down|
|Medium canter. |
Collected canter. Proceed to E.
|Lengthening of stride & frame. Balance into & out of medium.||5.5||5.5||must be bolder|
|20||E||Circle left 10m. in diameter. Proceed to K.||Shape, size & roundness of circle. Collection.||6||6||needs jump and air time|
Turn down centre line.
|Transition. Bend in turn. Straightness of centre line & halt.||5.5||5.5||unsteady in connection|
Leave arena in free walk.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6||2||12||tight steps in canter|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward. Elasticity of the steps. Suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters.||6||2||12||develop mediums|
|3||Submission||Attention, confidence, ease of the movements, acceptance of the bit, lightness of forehand||6||2||12||some unsteady moments|
|4||Rider||Position and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.||6||2||12||develop stronger leg and seat aids|
|Honest effort shown. Work to allow more freedom and energetic gaits, esp in canter.|
|Hi, Chelsea, you and your horse make a good team! It is overall very pleasant to watch and you obviously work well together. Good job, that’s not always easy to say at 2nd level!
Your horse is athletic and a good mover; however, the canter could use more jump to keep the steps coming 1,2,3,1,2,3. Think of adding suspension, just a moment more of air or hang time. Your medium canter is actually what you should be using for your working or collected canter. So be braver and more forward when you canter! The trot is active and has swing. The walk can be become stiff, so allow a little more freedom and encourage more with your seat. A good walk has overtrack and swing over the back, so do lots of free walk and learn how to keep that feeling as you retake your reins.
In the shoulder ins, your horse is falling through the outside shoulder, in both directions. The neck is overbent with not enough bend in the body. This makes them more like a leg yield down the wall. You need to work on bringing the outside shoulder UP and AROUND so that it clearly moves off the track and remains there. Be stronger with your outside rein to support that side and not allow the shoulders to fall down.
Another exercise for you is to work on the paces within the gaits to improve the mediums. Develop a nice forward working trot on a 20m circle. Supple the jaw and when he gives in, drape your rein a bit and add some energy, allowing and encouraging him to go more forward. NOT racing off, just add some energy and increased tempo. After about half of a circle, supple again then ask him to come slower, noticeably slower than your working gait. Go back and forth between these paces, always asking for the topline to round and eventually he should begin to step under more with increased engagement of his hind legs. Do not hold him up – he has to do that himself! Hopefully this will also help you two to develop the confidence to be more forward in all the canters and will improve the suspension. If we know our horse will come back from the medium, it’s a bit easier to ask for that really bold pace!
Try actually halting when practicing the simple change. No trot steps should be shown. Be more definitive with your rein aids, stop your seat from following, insist that he comes down from the canter quicker.
I found your position to be secure and well aligned. Your seat is independent and your hands are quiet. Experiment with lengthening your stirrups a hole or two, you have a nice long leg, don’t draw it up.