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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, is supple and moves freely forward in a clear rhythm with a steady tempo, accepting contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Halts may be through the walk.RIDER #6609
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NAME:Laura C McGuire
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 68.077%
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JUDGECharlotte Trentelman
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USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)7.57.5Fairly straight.
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2C

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Track left

Circle left 20m
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.5213Loses contact and forward energy.
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3ACircle left 20m developing left lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance55Late to aids in depart. Above bit.
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4A-F-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness6.56.5Not forward.
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5Between B & MWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner5.5211Early transition.
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6CMedium walkWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner7214Prompt transition. Slightly fussy in bridle.
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7E-F

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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, calm transitions7214Clear rhythm. Could show more consistent stretch.
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8AWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness7.57.5Fairly forward.
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9ECircle right 20mRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance7.5215
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10CCircle right 20m developing right lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.56.5Depart labored. But, shows more confidence in this direction.
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11C-M-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness7.57.5Balanced.
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12Between B & FWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner8216Forward. Shows correct bend.
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13A

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Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)77Immobile, but, not quite straight.
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77Needs to develop more freedom.
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.7214Could be more forward at times.
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6212Needs to develop more prompt response to lighter aids. Problems in departs.
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse77Balanced, but, leans forward.
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions6.56.5Needs to develop lighter aids. Watch accuracy.
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Further Remarks:
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POINTS:177
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:177
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SCORE:68.077%
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Hi Points: This horse shows a nice swing through its back and the beginning of cadence that predicts the ability to advance up levels. The rider isn't restricting, but, could be more balanced at times.

Lo Points: There is a lack of confidence in canter departs. At times connection should be more consistently elastic. Also, the horse seems to be more supple to right than left.

Overall Focus: I always like to see if changing a little in the rider's position to make it more correct can help. The horse tends to carry you slightly more into your right hip (check centerline on your video). This could be why the left lead canter is more confused. Before asking for the left lead depart, stretch tall in the saddle and look over your outside (right) shoulder. Done correctly, that will bring your weight a little more centered and/or left. It puts you in a better position to ask for the lead. If it is a minor problem, this should make a significant difference. If it's more with the horse's natural balance, then, we go to excercises for suppling the horse.

Exercises: Trot figure eights and serpentines (width of the arena). When you change direction, straighten the horse through the neck and use your legs at the girth to push the horses shoulders slightly over to the outside of your new direction. So, if you are turning to the left bend, use your new inside left leg (and even knee and thigh, if needed) to position your horse's shoulders to the right. With the straightness in the reins, you are creating a left bend and asking the horse to move his body along the line that you have created. Too often we let the horse's body not change much, but allow the neck to create "bend".
The visual on this is like you were sitting on a large exercise ball in the gym and moving it back and forth between your knees.

Small circles at the walk may help. Do a few to one side and then switch for a few to the other side. Ask the horse to follow a leading inside rein and use your inside leg, like a post to bend the horse around it--not unlike a bullfighter leading a bull around his body with a cape. Obviously, this shouldn't be done for very long, and small circles should be only at a walk. Sometimes, it's an exercise you can do while you are giving your horse a break from more active work.

Good luck with this nice horse!
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