|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 SECOND LEVEL TEST A|
|Enter working trot. |
Halt. Salute. Proceed collected trot.
|Straightness on centre line. Transitions. Quality of trot & halt.||6.5||6.5||Right hind out. Move off could be more prompt. 6/0|
Change rein medium trot.
Collected trot. Proceed to F.
|Quality of turn. Transitions into & out of medium trot. Balance & straightness on diagonal. Lengthening of frame & stride.||6||6||Tense. Steps wide behind.|
|3||FB||Shoulder-in left.||Quality of trot. Bend & angle. Balance & collection.||6||2||12||Too much angle. Almost leg yielding.|
|4||B||Circle left 10m. in diameter.||Quality of trot. Roundness, shape, size of circle. Bend.||7||7|
|5||BM||Travers left. Proceed to H.||Quality of trot. Angle, bend, balance, collection.||6.5||2||13||Needs more bend through body.|
|Change rein medium trot.|
Collected trot. Proceed to K.
|Transitions into & out of medium trot. Lengthening of frame & stride. Balance & straightness.||6||6||Hurried steps. Wide behind.|
|7||KE||Shoulder-in right.||Quality of trot. Bend and angle of shoulder-in. Balance & collection.||7||2||14||Could be more engaged.|
|8||E||Circle right 10m. in diameter.||Quality of trot. Roundness, shape, size of circle. Bend.||7||7|
|9||EH||Travers right. Proceed to C.||Quality of trot. Angle, bend, balance, collection.||6.5||2||13||Needs more bend through body.|
|10||C||Halt 5 seconds. Proceed medium walk.||Immobility & straightness of halt. Transition. Quality of walk.||7||7||Slightly fussy, but appears straight.|
|11||Btw M&B||Half-turn on the haunches right. Proceed medium walk.||Regularity of walk. Rhythm of turn.||6.5||2||13||Needs to maintain bend.|
|12||Btw H&E||Half-turn on the haunches left . Proceed medium walk to M.||Regularity of walk. Rhythm of turn.||5||2||10||Stuck one stride.|
|Change rein in half- arena free walk. |
|Freedom & regularity of the walk. Lengthening of frame & stride. Transition.||7||2||14||Clear rhythm. Could show more reach.|
|14||A||Collected canter left lead. Proceed to B.||Balance and smoothness in transition. Straightness.||6||6||Not straight in depart. Nodding.|
|15||B||Circle left 10m. in diameter. Proceed to H.||Roundness & size of circle. Bend. Collection.||6.5||6.5||SLightly croup high.|
|16||HXF||Change rein with simple change of lead at X. Proceed to K.||Quality of canter. Balance & quality of change. Straightness.||5.5||2||11||Trot steps in down transition. Not straight in depart.|
|Medium canter. |
|Lengthening of stride & frame. Balance into & out of medium.||6||6||Steps flatten. Almost lateral.|
|18||MXK||Change rein with simple change of lead at X. Proceed to F.||Quality of canter. Balance & quality of change. Straightness.||5.5||2||11||Trot steps down. Above bit in depart.|
|Medium canter. |
Collected canter. Proceed to E.
|Lengthening of stride & frame. Balance into & out of medium.||5||5||Croup high. Loses clear rhythm.|
|20||E||Circle left 10m. in diameter. Proceed to K.||Shape, size & roundness of circle. Collection.||6.5||6.5||On forehand.|
Turn down centre line.
|Transition. Bend in turn. Straightness of centre line & halt.||7||7|
Leave arena in free walk.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||2||13||Canter loses clarity in rhythm.|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward. Elasticity of the steps. Suppleness of the back and engagement of the hind quarters.||6||2||12||Needs to develop more suppleness and engagement.|
|3||Submission||Attention, confidence, ease of the movements, acceptance of the bit, lightness of forehand||6.5||2||13||On forehand. Lateral movements need to be more refined.|
|4||Rider||Position and seat. Correctness and effect of the aids.||7||2||14|
|Elegant type! Horse needs to be more balanced and develop more strength over topline to support lateral movements in trot, and, more suppleness in canter.|
|Overall impression of the test: Rider understands requirements of the test, but horse needs to be more balanced and supple for more success. I rarely mention this, but, your saddle appeared to be a bit too far forward over his withers. Although you were sitting back in balance, the saddle's position may have added to problems.
High points of the test: A clear walk rhythm. Being mostly straight to aids. A horse that appears willing and forward.
Low points of the test: Lateral trot movements needs more bend through the body (less positioning and angle) and up hill balance. Departs should be straighter and more quiet. The canter tended to lose the clarity in rhythm--almost a one/two, one/two beat than a one/two/three, one/two/three.
Where to focus the most: Increase suppleness and strength over topline to develop needed support for engagement. Increase scope/jump in canter.
Exercises: 1) To improve uphill balance, ride a 20 Meter circle at the trot. Once or twice on the circle, ask horse to shorten the stride (think piaffe). Stretch tall, lighten the seat and be active with legs. Use your shoulders to encourage the horse to "stay in place'--for only 3-4 strides. Then allow the horse to go forward normally. Don't drill into the ground--maybe 3 times in each direction. If you get any response, praise! This can also be done at the canter. Then, when you want to train a shoulder in, only ask for a few strides, but,ask the horse to be more uphill to start with. Be careful that the horse doesn't try to slip out through your outside aids--they always need to be there supporting him. If your horse is balanced and taking weight onto its inside hind leg, when you send it forward, you should feel a little more power underneath you. That's an indication that you were correct in balance and positioning.
2) For a better Travers, think of wrapping the horse around your inside leg. His neck should be straight on the track. If you pull on the inside rein, you will be restricting the horse from bringing his haunches in an outside supporting rein may help more--also the outside leg. To help get the feeling, walk voltes (6-8 meters), bending the horse around one inside leg for a few circles, then changing direction. For that exercise, you would be expected to allow the horse's neck to bend with the volte.
3) For a better Medium trot, go back to your stretch circle. Once you have a nice stretch, straighten your horse on a line and ask for a little more power. Try not to increase the tempo. Think stretch (lengthened frame) and a little more leg. Build on that.
4) Medium canters need to encourage the horse to jump forward with a longer stride. Canter in your ring down the long side and count your strides from one point to another--say S to V. The next time you go by that point, try to make it in one or two strides less. This is another exercise that I would only do two or three times, maybe in each direction.
Ask often. Expect little. Praise a lot. Good Luck!