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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.RIDER #6004
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NAME:Kathleen Rollins
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JUDGE:Ida Norris
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Max Pts:370
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Final Score: 56.351%
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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 balance5.55.5gets above the bit.. make him SUPER round before you start and then ask to go carefully with legs, If you can't keep him absolutely straight into both sides of the bridle give hima tine lateral poll flexion ( although you are supposed to be straight keeping him round is before poll straightness in the training tree)
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3P-K(Transitions H and P) Collected trotClear, balanced transitions; consistent tempo5.55.5do not slow down .. for collected trot.. activate hind legs..:):) for shorter steps
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4K-E

E
Shoulder-in right


Turn right
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot55BACK.. you must set his shoulders in by move in rein slightly IN.. if you retract you get only neck bend
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5B

B-M
Turn left

Shoulder-in left
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot5210your thighs not your inside rein puts his neck and shoulders in so that he steps his outside shoulder in front of his inside hind leg not just neck bend.. turn your core and thighs to turn his shoulders ___IF you need your inside hand to move his shoulders.. you DO
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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 transitions6212crooked ... is there any reason you can't practise this over and over.? . use a whip to keep straight.. there is really no reason for a horse to back crookedly.. to improve backing put him up against a fence and use whip on inside..rider to stay square.. have legs and hands even and look straight ahead. back 7-10 steps. for each step as with your legs gently back, light seat and slight squeeze of hand for every step... back the horse more in hand also to improve backing... this is a movement that is generally poor from lack of practising and does not take physical talent to perform well.
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7C-SMedium walkRegularity and quality of walk6212bow your wrists out and have some pronation in the wrists and bend in the elbow to have some 'give" for him to stay in contact
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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 transitions6.5213you are supposed to be actively asking him to stretch down .. poll to be below withers ( this is how you learn extended walk which is coming) keep legs and seat on and ask for overtrack
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9Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter right lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits5.55.5above the bit... If I were coaching you.. I would tell you to "get 'er done".. if you need to have a moment of disharmony taking up the reins BUT you get back ON THE BIT... I would do it. It is only one score and if you don't get back on the bit for the canter tour then all the scores are low.. You were on the bit before the free walk... you need to do the same thing you WERE DOING and get back on the bit....
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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 transitions55above the bit... and counter flexed at times
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11CCircle right 10mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance5.55.5above the bit and counter bend / roll inside wrist over and massage and release the bit ( turn the shuffle slightly to ask for poll rotation to inside) , rider needs to turn core belly button about 2-3 degrees to teun horse keeping weight on outside seatbone)
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12M-E

E-V
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness6212need rounder connection
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13V

K
Collected trot

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of gaits; clear, balanced transitions5.55.5above the bit and counter bent
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14Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter left lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits44above bit and counter bend
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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 transitions5.55.5needs rounder connection and power
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16CCircle left 10mRegularity and quality of canter; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66circle could be smaller >> push in with outside aids to improve bend and he almost look round to the bridle ( could use more)
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17H-B

B-P
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness6212tilt outside rein down at wrist to keep horse more on outside rein and keep deeper connection
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18P

F
Collected trot

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of gaits; clear, balanced transitions5.55.5against the hand and counter bend in corner
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19Before A

A
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter right lead
Clear, balanced transition; regularity and quality of gaits44clearly above the bit. I know you are focusing on the test and getting the canter.. but If I were there coaching you I would be telling you that being on the bit is WORTH the struggle.. he goes on the bit at the trot so he should be able to do a transition to canter on the bit.. the half halts you do when you are trotting should be just the same.. make him super deep and super round before asking for a canter depart, you may have to have some neck bend to give you an advantage... ultimately you will need to do them straight but if you need him bent to start to get this transition correctly then use some bend and put him deep
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20E

E-H-C-M
Collected trot

Collected trot
Clear, balanced transition; quality of trot; consistent tempo66begins to come on the bit
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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 balance66
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22V-A(Transitions M and V) Collected trotClear, balanced transitions; consistent tempo6.56.5he was on the bit after the medium... whatever you did to get that you need to do that in the canter.....!!!!!!!
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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)77he was on the bit here!!!
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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)717
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2IMPULSION (Desire to move forward; elasticity of the steps; suppleness of the back; engagement of the hindquarters)6212
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3SUBMISSION (Willing cooperation; harmony; attention and confidence; acceptance of bit and aids; straightness; lightness of forehand and ease of movements)5.5211needs to be on the bit in the canter
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4RIDER’S POSITION AND SEAT (Alignment; posture; stability; weight placement; following mechanics of the gaits)6.516.5still a chair seat.. but much improved: still need more bend in elbow and some pronation in wrist . elbows must not be straight nor arms parallel, need more triangulation for improved elasticity.. ( Ican see improvement from last time though :):) )
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5RIDER’S CORRECT AND EFFECTIVE USE OF AIDS (Clarity; subtlety; independence; accuracy of test)616
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gorgeous horse! I can see this one piaffing!!! this horse CAn stay on the bit in the trot.. SO HE HAS TOO!!! whatever you do for 1/2 halts for the trot you must do for the canter.... get this horse super sound, be sure you have bend in your elbows, pronation in your wrists and tilt the thumb of your outside hand down a little pointing your thumb nail diagonally towards the horses opposite ear to help with the outside rein feel/contact to keep him round. use your half halts... I would really be FIRM that he is GOING to stay on the bit in the canter depart..... he MUST be on the bit in the trot before the depart and then get him even deeper and ask for canter, you may need bend whether the test calls for it or not.. at first it may be necessary. YOU CAN DO THIS,,, :):)
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POINTS:208.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:208.5
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SCORE:56.351%
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