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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.
RIDER #7568
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NAME:Michelle Boers
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JUDGE:Charlotte Trentelman
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Max Pts:180
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Final Score: 69.722%
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CADORA WALK TROT TEST C
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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Enter working trot. Halt. Salute.

Proceed working trot.
Straightness on centre line. Transitions.

Quality of transition & halt.
7.57.5Good halt. Move off could be more prompt.
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2CTrack left.
Proceed to E.
Quality of turn & of trot88Good energy. Shows bend.
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3ECircle left 20m in diameter. Proceed to ARoundness of circle.7.57.5Accurate, but a little quick. Could be more through over topline.
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4AMedium walk to FQuality of transition & of walk.7.57.5
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5F - EChange rein, free walk.Quality of walk.6.5213Could show more downward stretch and overstep.
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6E - H - CMedium walk.Quality of walk.77Steps quicken. A bit tight through back.
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7C - BWorking trot.Quality of trot.88
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8BCircle right 20m.
Proceed to F.
Roundness of circle.
Quality of trot.
7.57.5Good energy. Slightly unsteady in bridle.
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9F - A

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Medium walk.

Turn down centre line.

Halt. Salute.
Quality of transition & of walk. Straightness on centre line. Quality of halt.4.54.5No transition to walk. Halt wasn't balanced. So can't receive a sufficient score.
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Leave arena in free walk.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity7.5215
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward. Elasticity of the steps. Suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters.6.5213Tension through back at times, keeps suppleness from being more evident.
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3SubmissionAttention, confidence, ease of the movements, acceptance of the bit, lightness of forehand7214Good attitude. Not always steady in bridle.
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4RiderPosition and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.6.5213Rider is balanced and effective, but the inaccuracy of the test must factor into this score. Work to achieve more suppleness through topline, and less quickness.
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Lovely Horse with talent. Needs to be more relaxes and supple for higher scores.
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POINTS:125.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:125.5
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SCORE:69.722%
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General Impression: This is a talented horse that is willing to do the job. It might need to be worked on basics of suppleness to give it a stronger topline.

Hi Points of Test: Willingness to accept connection with a natural tendency to round the frame. Both gaits are clear in rhythm.

Low Points: Tension over the topline in the walk, which causes the steps to become quicker and therefore shorter. The need to be able to stretch down in the free walk.

What you should focus on: Suppleness. Both Longitudinal and Lateral.

Exercises: For longitudinal suppleness over the topline-- 1) At the walk, work to have the horse accept your leg without shortening the stride. Be careful that you don't over use your seat at the walk--the seat should be light and following. The leg should be light and active, sending the horse's neck forward and searching for the connection. If the horse want's to back off the contact, you can take contact, and release it while keeping you leg on the horse. If it "jigs", don't get upset--just regroup, and reapply the aid again. The horse needs to understand that it's first response to the leg wasn't what you wanted. (Any response is good--just, maybe not the response that you are looking for. No response is a different problem!) Timing is everything here, and , it takes a while. Keep trying. This is one of the best ways to increase longitudinal suppleness over the topline.
Always remember to reward your horse when it does do what you want--so the horse knows that was it. Praise, petting, or just taking a break works.
Although your test didn't have a stretch circle, when you do this exercise at the trot, it prepares you for a better response on those, too. Remember to praise/thank the horse when it responds correctly.

Lateral suppleness: I think the little nose wag, or unsteadiness, may be due to the fact that the horse could be more equally supply left and right. Most horses are. They tend to "hold" the rider on one side. In their warm ups, I have riders change their rising diagonals after every four strides--straight lines or circles. It keep the horse from holding you on the side that they favor.
Walk circles, 6-8 meter voltes help the horse stretch one side and the other. Do a series of three on each side, and repeat. Walking a small circles won't compromise a horse as much as trotting or cantering. Be sure to use your inside leg like a fencepost that you bend the horse around. This is the only exercise that I don't feel you need a supporting outside rein. You are asking the horse to be more like a pretzel.

I also think, that a positive result of increasing your horses suppleness will translate into a more quiet, straight halt. Most horses aren't straight in the halt, or move, if they aren't comfortable in the back.

Take it slowly. Things take time.
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