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PURPOSE: Tests confirm that the horse is supple and moves freely forward in a clear steady rhythm, accepting light contact with the bit. The horse demonstrates greater understanding of the aids and calm acceptance of the bridle; greater emphasis is placed on relaxation, harmony, rideability and pure gaits. The horse is beginning to develop more impulsion and balance.JUDGE:Robyn Nunnally
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RIDER #7524
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NAME:Kaelan Maclaren
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Max Pts:230
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Final Score: 66.087%
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WDAA BASIC LEVEL TEST 2
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
Enter working jog

Halt through the walk, salute
Proceed working jog
Straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transitions in and out of square, straight halt; immobility; willingness.77fairly straight
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2C

H - X - K
Track left

One loop, working jog
Balance and bend in the turn; balance and correct bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.7214good suppless, be a bit more fluid over X
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3K - B

B
Continue on the rail, working jog

Turn left, working jog
Balance and bend in the corners and turn; regularity and quality of the jog.77steady
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4X

Before X
Circle left 20m, working jog

Develop working lope, left lead
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope.6.56.5could be straighter and softer into lope
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5X

Before X
Circle left 20m, working lope

Develop working jog
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition, regularity and quality of the jog.6.56.5slightly hollow in jog trans
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6E

A
Turn left, working jog

Working walk
Balance and bend in the turn and corners; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.55very late trans
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7F - X - H

H
Change rein, free walk

Working walk
Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; regularity and quality of the walks; balance and bend in corner; willing, smooth transition.6212could be more active with stretch and steps
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8C

B
Working jog

Turn right, working jog
Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the jog; balance and bend in turn.66slightly hollow at C
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9X

Before X
Circle right 20m, working jog

Develop working lope, right lead
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope.77fairly steady
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10X

Before X
Circle right 20m, working lope

Develop working jog
Balance and bend on circle; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition, regularity and quality of the jog.6.56.5leans a bit on circle
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11E

E - M
Turn right, working jog

Continue on the rail, working jog
Balance and bend in the turn and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.66quick tempo
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12M - X - FOne loop, working jogBalance and correct bend on loop and in corner; regularity and quality of the jog.7214clear bend
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13A

Between A & X
Down centerline

Develop working walk for 6-8 steps, then develop working jog
Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; willing smooth transitions; regularity and quality of the walk and jog.6.56.5over shot C line, corrected
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14GHalt through the walk, saluteStraightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition to walk; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.77
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Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
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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.6.56.5Steady but quick
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)77could sit quieter to improve
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4Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsEvidenced by the horse's responsiveness; steady elastic connection cultivating athletic expression. Accuracy - precise placement of the figures and transitions, the effectiveness of the rider's aids determines the accurate fulfillment of the required movements of the tests6.56.5develop more relaxation and better prep for trans and turns
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5HarmonyThe horse accepts the aids and influence of the rider with attention, relaxation and confidence; and demonstrates a willing partnership between horse and rider resulting in a free flowing performance7214
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Further Remarks: Willing and obedient test. Work to find a more consistent stretch over the back to the bit. A slightly slower tempo may improve balance and acceptance.
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POINTS:152
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:152
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SCORE:66.087%
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EXTRA FEEDBACK

I enjoyed watching your test. Your horse appears to very obedient and willing.
Your performance will benefit from more relaxation throughout the test. Work at home to find a tempo that is forward but not quick, so a little slower than what you are showing here. Western horses should be able to maintain a steady tempo for long periods of time, so don’t hurry or rush. We definitely do not want them going slow, but a middle ground on speed would help you and your horse show better balance and acceptance of the bit.
Work on additional suppling of the jaw and neck prior to asking for transitions and while on circles. He tends to stiffen his neck during these movements, so keep asking him to come rounder and stay more elastic in the connection; this also includes the halt. Continue to develop more bend through his body – this will come as you continue your training journey.
Pay attention to where transitions need to occur – at what letter, and prepare a little earlier. Same with turns – they need to start before the letter so that you can be straight as you ride away.
I found your position to be well aligned. Your arms are somewhat stiff, so practice really using your elbows to do your half halts. At home, exaggerate the following motions of the walk to get your arms moving. To be effective, our arms must move and follow the bit, yet remain soft. Keeping your elbows bent with your upper arms back a little will help you find this elasticity in the contact. The slower tempo as previously discussed will also help you sit a bit more securely and quietly.



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