|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.
CADORA TRAINING LEVEL TEST C
|Enter working trot. |
Halt. Salute. Proceed working trot
|Straightness on centre line. Quality of transitions.||6.5||6.5||Fairly straight entry. Halt could be more immobile. Very fussy in move off.|
|2||C||Track left. Proceed to H.||Quality of turn & trot.||7.5||7.5||Smooth.|
|3||HXK||Loop, working trot.||Quality of trot & bends.||7.5||7.5|
|4||FXH||Change rein.||Quality of trot. Straightness on diagonal.||8||8||Steady, forward, and quiet.|
|Working canter, right lead.|
Circle right 20m. in diameter. Proceed to B.
|Quality of transition. Roundness of circle.||6||6||Above bit in depart. Circle falls into corners.|
|6||Btw B&F||Working trot. Proceed to F.||Balance of transition. Quality of trot.||7||2||14||A bit braced in transition.|
|7||KXM||Change rein.||Quality of trot. Straightness on diagonal.||8||8|
|Working canter. Left lead.|
Circle left 20m. in diameter. Proceed to E.
|Quality of transition. Roundness of circle.||6.5||6.5||Smooth depart. Fell to corner at M.|
|9||Btw E&K||Working trot.||Balance of transition. Quality of trot.||7.5||2||15|
Loop. Proceed to C
|Quality of trot & bends.||7.5||7.5|
|Circle left 20m in diameter allowing the horse to stretch downward / forward. Before C, shorten the reins.|
Working trot to H
|Forward / downward stretch over the back into light contact, maintaining balance & quality of trot; bend / shape of circle; smooth, balanced transitions||6||2||12||Needs to show more difference in downward stretch.|
|Medium walk |
|Straightness on half- diagonal. Transitions into & out of medium walks.||7||2||14||Could be more prompt at H.|
Turn down centre line.
|Quality of trot & transition. Straightness on centre line. Quality of transition & halt.||7.5||7.5||Almost square.|
Leave arena in free walk.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7.5||2||15||Canter could show more freedom.|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward. Elasticity of the steps. Suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters.||8||2||16|
|3||Submission||Attention, confidence, ease of the movements, acceptance of the bit, lightness of forehand||7||2||14||Acceptance of bridle and downward stretching could improve.|
|4||Rider||Position and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.||7.5||2||15||Balanced. Could look up more. Timing of aids needs to create more stretch over topline.|
|High Points: I really like the forward energy, that, mostly, is smooth. The rider is able to create changes of bend on loops in a small ring--not always easy!
Low Points: In some movements, the horse was quite fussy in the bridle. Downward stretch on circle needs to be more defined. The canter needs to be more supple and could show a little more ground cover. Also, the canter circles need to be more framed by the rider's outside aids, so they don't fall through corners.
Focus: The rider could try to be lighter with aids and work on the timing of leg and feel of reins to create a more supple stretch over topline. Support your horse in the canter with your outside leg and straightening outside rein. You don't need a lot of inside bend at this level, but, you need the horse to want to stretch more over its topline.
Exercises: To improve stretching, give the reins forward, first one side, then the other, then both--for just a few strides each time. Do this at the walk and trot before attempting at the canter. When you are giving, be sure you are not over riding with your seat. We want the horse to stretch forward and down--too much seat will raise the poll. The leg should also be used lightly in little pulses. When you take back the "feel" on each rein, it should be a soft elastic feel--nothing that would be called pulling. This exercise, used often, will improve the horse suppleness at the canter, as well as downward stretch on trot circles and free walk.
To increase support with outside aids for better circles, you can practice decreasing and increasing circles at B or E, without a corner. From the twenty meter circle, at the trot, spiral down to a 10 to 12 meter circle, then yield the circle back out to 15. Use enough outside leg and rein support, like a fence, to keep the horse from going back out to the full twenty meters. Be careful not to make ovals.
You can also leg yield from the centerline to the quarterline, using your outside aids to stop the horse from going all the way to the long side. Sometimes outside support is what we need to keep the horse straighter to our aids.