|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|
|NAME:||Laura C McGuire|
USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1
|Enter working trot|
Proceed working trot
|Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||7.5||7.5||Fairly straight.|
Circle left 20m
|Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||6.5||2||13||Loses contact and forward energy.|
|3||A||Circle left 20m developing left lead canter in first quarter of circle||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||5||5||Late to aids in depart. Above bit.|
|4||A-F-B||Working canter||Regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness||6.5||6.5||Not forward.|
|5||Between B & M||Working trot||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner||5.5||2||11||Early transition.|
|6||C||Medium walk||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner||7||2||14||Prompt transition. Slightly fussy in bridle.|
|Change rein, free 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 transitions||7||2||14||Clear rhythm. Could show more consistent stretch.|
|8||A||Working trot||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7.5||7.5||Fairly forward.|
|9||E||Circle right 20m||Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||7.5||2||15|
|10||C||Circle right 20m developing right lead canter in first quarter of circle||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance||6.5||6.5||Depart labored. But, shows more confidence in this direction.|
|11||C-M-B||Working canter||Regularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness||7.5||7.5||Balanced.|
|12||Between B & F||Working trot||Willing, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner||8||2||16||Forward. Shows correct bend.|
|Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)||7||7||Immobile, but, not quite straight.|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7||Needs to develop more freedom.|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||7||2||14||Could be more forward at times.|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||Needs to develop more prompt response to lighter aids. Problems in departs.|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||7||7||Balanced, but, leans forward.|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||Needs to develop lighter aids. Watch accuracy.|
|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!