|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 #||7905|
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||X-C right drift|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||7||7||clear bend|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||7||7||fairly balanced|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6.5||6.5||more forward intent into walk|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||5.5||5.5||needs to lower base of neck|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||5.5||5.5||almost halted|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6.5||6.5||stiffens in trans|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||circle needs to be better center over B-E|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||7||7|
Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||6.5||6.5|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||6||6||more forward on his own|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6.5||2||13|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6.5||6.5||quieter lower leg|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||prepare better for trans|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5|
|Capable pair with clear potential. Horse sluggish at times to riders aids.|
Put poles/cones up at X to 2 strides after to help maintain straightness out of the halt. Remember to close your right leg in the move off so his shoulders don't fall right.
Ride a 20m circle at the walk. Half of the circle to a free walk and the other half do a medium walk. Make sure you maintain the march in the walk when going into the medium walk.
Think of riding a baby leg yield when practicing this exercise when going from free walk to medium so horse maintains the activity.
Trot to walk transition think of it as you close your leg to tell the horse to keep thinking forward. Then close your fist and exhale to tell him to walk. You need your legs to say march on.
When doing a walk to trot transition in the corner add a little move inside flexion to help maintain the correct flexion and connection
Circle right the first half of the circle bulges. Set up 4 cones on the 4 points of the circle so you ride on the outside of the cones. Cone on the inside track of B-centerline-E-centerline. This
will help you see your 4 points on a circle.
To improve the energy in the trot. Walk ask for a trot on a scale of 1-5 pressure ask for a 2. If he doesn't go give a big 5 kick and power trot off around the ring. Do you 1/2 half back to walk
(close lower leg & fist and exhale) and repeat the exercise. The horse should eventually start going off a quieter aid. Don't be sucked into his you have to kick me every stride.