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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 LevelRIDER #6178
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NAME:Shannon Hopkins
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JUDGE:Ida Norris
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Max Pts:410
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Final Score: 59.634%
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USDF SECOND LEVEL TEST 2
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter collected trot

Halt, salute; Proceed collected trot
Engagement, uphill balance and quality of trot; clear, balanced transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds) 7.57.5very straight but needs to come a step or two further towards 'c ' before turning, you fell right off the line early additionally look at your tape and see that your horses head /neck is twisting when you move forward in the trot .. .. you have the potential for a 9-10 on this movement but you must repair these things to get those scores:):)
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2C

M-B
Track right

Shoulder-in right
Angle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot66needs just a tiny bit more angle and bend.. horse needs energy this looks like working trot.. collected trot has POWER
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3B-X

X-E
Half circle right 10m

Half circle left 10m
Shape and size of half circles; supple change of bend on centerline; balance and quality of trot66unsteady connection.. right hand started the problem.... if you have more impulsion you can overcome connection problems...
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4E-KTravers leftAngle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot6212inconsistent angle and bend... additionally focus on poll clearly to the left as well as the haunches in .....
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5F-BShoulder-in leftAngle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot44above the bit and fell off the wall.. shoulder in needs outside seat bone and steadying outside leg, while you balance the horse around the inside gentle pushing leg ( bend horse around the inside leg) and turn the shoulders in.. ( by leaning seatbone and left stirrup- you asked the horse to turn left off the wall.ie he fell in)
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6B-X

X-E
Half circle left 10m

Half circle right 10m
Shape and size of half circles; supple change of bend on centerline; balance and quality of trot6.56.5rider leans in to turn ie horse avoids bend goes on shoulders ( rider needs to keep weight even in seat bones and stirrups, turn her head and her belly button a small amount like a barber pole ( staying upright) to turn the shoulders of the horse. this bends the horse and turns the horse in rather than leaning over and pushing the horse out around a circle/ turn
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7E-HTravers rightAngle, bend and balance; engagement and quality of trot326did `1/2 a movement of shoulder -in and then rode straight
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8M-V

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Change rein, medium trot

Collected trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance55pol/ neck and shoulders of horse went DOWN... HIS POLL WAS BELOW HIS WITHERS!!!!!. keep him round and UPHILL. remember poll highest point.. ride him like a surfboard.. front of the surfboard goes up... :):) He needs energy and he must not put his neck down and expand onto the 4 hand..... ride actively 4ward and head and neck and shoulders Up.....
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9V-K-A(Transitions M & V)
Collected trot
Clear, balanced straight transitions; quality of trot; consistent tempo55need balance, uphill and POWER
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10AHalt, rein back 3 to 4 steps
Proceed medium walk
Immobility; willing steps back with correct rhythm and count; straightness; clear transitions6212horse looks like he leans against the bridle, some dragging in the reinback and unsteady to bridle in moveoff
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11F-S

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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;
clear, balanced transitions
6.5213liked the FW but difficulties taking up the reins.. he must be willing to improve on that.. remember when you have trouble taking up the rein bend the horse ever so slightly to the outside ( just barely.... ) to avoid some difficulties as you train this.. eventually you will no longer need to do this but it helps when you are at this point.
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12H

Between G & M
Turn right

Shorten stride, half turn on
haunches right
Proceed medium walk
Quality of shortened walk strides; tempo and regularity; activity of hind legs; bend and fluency in turn33above bit before and COUNTER BEND ALL THE WAY AROUND
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M
Shorten stride, half turn on
haunches left
Proceed medium walk
Turn left
Quality of shortened walk strides; tempo and regularity; activity of hind legs; bend and fluency in turn66still against the hand and slowing steps
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14(Medium walk)
[SHG(M)G(H)GMC]
Regularity and quality of walk5.5211not clearly on the bit and bracing against rider at jaw/poll
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15Before C

C
Shorten stride in walk

Collected canter left lead
Clear, balanced straight transition; regularity and quality of gaits66appeared sluggish// looks like it took two or three leg aids
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16H-V

V
Medium canter

Collected canter
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; clear, balanced transitions77i love this energy but the poll and shoulders should come up on this horse
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17-19A-CSerpentine 3 equal loops, width
of arena, simple changes of
lead over centerline
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17(Score for first simple change)Clear, balanced straight transitions; regularity and quality of gaits66some trot in the down and mostly against the bit
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18(Score for second simple
change)
Clear, balanced straight transitions; regularity and quality of gaits44against the bit and trot in BOTH transitions
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19(Score for quality of
serpentine)
Regularity and quality of gaits; positioning; geometry5.55.5lacks collection, on the bit, ease
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20H-B

B-F
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness7214looked more uphill here
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21F

Before A

A
Medium walk

Shorten the stride of walk

Collected canter right lead
Clear, balanced straight transitions; regularity and quality of gaits6.56.5bracing on the hand
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22K-S

S
Medium canter

Collected canter
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; consistent tempo; clear, balanced transitions77needs poll and shoulders UP
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23M-E

E-K
Change rein

Counter canter
Regularity, quality and balance of canter; straightness7214
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24KCollected trotClear, balanced straight transition; regularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo6.56.5some bracing
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25A

D-I
Down centerline

Medium trot
Moderate lengthening of frame and stride with engagement, elasticity, suspension, straightness and uphill balance; clear, balanced straight transition6.56.5shoulders/poll and neck LOW
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26ICollected trotClear, balanced straight transition; regularity and quality of trot; consistent tempo6.56.5NEEDS MORE TRANS
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27GHalt, saluteEngagement, uphill balance and quality of trot; clear balanced transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)6.56.5not quite baLANCED / teach horse to make square halts... every time.. you can do this on the ground in hand and then work on it in the saddle also.
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6.5213trot tour needs a lot more impulsion
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3SubmissionEngagement, uphill balance and quality of trot; clear balanced transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)6212ease of movements as horse not soft in the bridle ( lacks self carriage) leans on the reins to keep round or braces against them / trot tour needs to be more correctly uphill utilizing the thoracic sling and more energy from behind for carrying
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4Rider’s Position and SeatAlignment, posture, stability, weight placement, following mechanics of the gaits77arms and hands to be more elastic, wrist to be more supple and hands closer together.
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W. Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsClarity, subtlety, independence, accuracy of test6.56.5
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Elegant turnout for this horse!! I like this team!!! You have asked for extra help so as a TRAINER.... I would tell you to lunge this horse 10 minutes in short side reins with them relatively high and short side reins to get this horse A LOT shorter and rounder in his neck- and shoulders up prior to riding . Additionally I would have you lunge him in side reins over low cavaletti ( trot polls fairly close together to get him to LIFT his shoulders and be uphill. riding him in a shorter frame going UP HILL will also help.this type of horse must be ASKED to STAY INSIDE of the BRIDLE.. not lean on it.... remember... he needs sta eddy activity to be active and be consistent in connection.. so ride actively forward.. uphill. think about getting the trunk of the horse up under you.. I think about riding a surfboard.. keep the tip up in medium gaits... while his face stays near vertical his shoulder and poll lift up as he goes forward in medium gaits.. than means his haunches lower..... rather than steadily retracting on the bridle on a horse like this.... as they have so much weight to lean their neck Down on the reins... have you tried turning your wrists ( ie keeping your hands very very close together and rotating the sides of the snaffle?) this flexing and giving of the bit without a retraction often gets a horse to close /supple) the jaw poll and keeps the horse "off or inside of the bit" which is (self carriage). there is a german term that is "shake the reins".. it means to vibrate the bit.. this sometimes helps with horses and riders that both tend to lean on the connection. Good luck.. you are a good team and this is a lovely horse. I have worked with a lot of draft corsets and I like them.. this one looks wonderful!
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POINTS:244.5
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ERRORS:
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SUBTOTAL:244.5
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SCORE:59.634%
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