|PURPOSE: To introduce the rider and/or horse to the sport of dressage. To show understanding of riding the horse forward with a steady tempo into an elastic contact with independent, steady hands and a correctly balanced seat. To show proper geometry of figures in the arena with correct bend (corners and circles).||RIDER #||6251|
USDF INTRODUCTORY LEVEL – TEST B
|Enter working trot rising.|
Halt through medium walk.
Salute - Proceed working trot rising.
|Straightness on centerline and in transitions; clear trot and walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||really straight until you had to use the bit. be sure horses teeth are ok. then think about if you can get to the walk with just your thighs/seat or just by barely squeezing the hand or turning the bit rather than pulling. .. horse is clearly resisting the aid you are using|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||horse pushing against riders hand and bit|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||losing impulsion. rider needs to focus on keeping weight and balance on BOTH stirrups.. the weight was going back and forth.. horse falters.|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||hands can be closer together and nearer the saddle pad , with some bend in the elbow for softer transition|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6.5||6.5||needs stretch down with poll below withers and steps to be longer ( showing overtrack)|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||7||7|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||some resistance to turning and circling|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||6.5||6.5||resists turning on the right rein // may need to be softer or more subtle with right rein.. and or check ponies teeth|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7||7|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6.5||6.5|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||resisted the bit at times especially on the right side more than the left.. could ba dominant hand problem or the ponies mouth...|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||need to get lower leg down and back and hands lower , closer together and closer to the saddle pad|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||harmony and connection|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||accuracy|
|neat horse and well suited team! needs to be able to accept the contact/bit /hand more. review aids to get into down transitions with minimum of hand and be sure hand is elastic/ try flexing the bit rather than pulling on it. this is a lovely horse so I would do what I could to maintain the horses training without a rider on it ie ask your riding instructor/training if this horse can be trained to lunge in side reins to augment round connection. this must be trained and supervised by a professional but is as good investment for this developing rider and such a good horse. your instructor amy want to use some other cross training.. consider exploring those methods. best wishes!|