|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.||RIDER #||7891-1|
WDAA BASIC LEVEL TEST 3
|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.||7.5||7.5||Good halt. Walk steps could be straighter.|
M - X - F
One loop, working jog
|Balance and bend in the turn; balance and bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.||8||8|
|3||Between F & A||Develop working lope, right lead||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.||7||7||Could be more balanced in depart.|
|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||6||Slightly hollow and above bit. Braced in jog transition.|
|5||Before K||Develop working walk||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk.||7.5||7.5|
|6||K - B |
|Change rein, free walk |
|Horse willing to freely stretch the neck forward and down; relaxation; swing through the back; ground cover; regularity and quality of the walks;willing, smooth transition.||5.5||2||11||Too much seat--resulting in brief loss of rhythm. Horse needs to accept light leg in walk.|
H - X - K
One loop, working jog
|Willing, smooth transition to jog; balance and bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.||7.5||7.5|
|8||Between K & A||Develop working lope, left lead||Willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.||7||7|
|Circle left 20m, working lope |
Develop working jog
|Balance and bend on the circle and in corner; regularity and quality of the lope; willing, smooth transition, regularity and quality of the jog.||6||6||Balances on shoulders. Transition not smooth.|
|Circle left 20m, free jog |
Gather the reins, working jog
|Stretch forward and downward over topline with relaxation maintaining balance, tempo and regularity of jog; bend on the circle and in corners; smooth, willing retake of the reins and transition to working jog.||7||2||14||Could show more downward stretch.|
|11||B - C - H|
H - B
Change rein, working jog
|7.5||7.5||A bit quick in tempo.|
Halt through the walk, salute
|Balance and bend in the turn; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog; willing, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the walk; balance in downward transition to square, straight halt; immobility.||7||7||Left hind out slightly.|
Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
|1||Gaits||Freedom and regularity||7.5||7.5|
|2||Impulsion||Desire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.||7.5||7.5|
|3||Rider’s Position, Seat, and Hands||Well-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)||8||8|
|4||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Evidenced 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 tests||7||7||At times hands widen and too much is taken on inside rein. Keep necks straighter between the reins and use leg aids to develop more correct position/bend.|
|5||Harmony||The 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 performance||7.5||2||15|
|Well done performance with a few points to work on. Additional information will be send separately.|
|High Points: Lovely entry and halt. Work in the walk and jog shows competence and good forward attitude. Seat in jog is following and quiet.
Low Points: Horse needs to be more balanced by aids in lope. Too much seat in the walk causes horse to break rhythm. Rider tends to rely on reins more than seat and leg, and horse over bends to the side through neck.
What to focus on: Straightness, especially through neck. A quieter seat in the walk. Developing a rounder topline in lope.
Exercises: For keeping the horses neck straight, while you are influencing it with leg aids, the best exercise is the turn on the forehand. If your horse wants to turn the neck, instead of moving off your leg, work it from a fence or rail at first. Your reins should keep the horse's neck straight in front of its shoulders. Your seat should keep (and correct) the horse from backing. The horse needs to respond to your leg to move it's inside leg forward and sideways under it's stomach. Note: Don't look down! If you look up, you will "feel" where your horse's hind legs are.
At the walk, quiet your seat--actually lighten it. Keep your leg on, and, if you feel the horse is not active enough, use a light and quick leg (like a little drumstick). If the horse breaks to jog, don't take your leg off. Instead, bring the horse back to the walk with the reins--and ask it to accept your leg again. The fact that the horse responded to your leg is good. No response (a "dead" feeling) is much worse. Just reapply the aid until the horse responds with that more active walk you are looking for. Then, don't forget to reward--so the horse knows that this is what you want. Too much seat in the walk shortens the horse's stride and encourages it to hollow its back.
Developing the topline at the lope: Do this exercise at the walk, and jog, before the lope. At the walk, take up on the inside rein for one or two strides, then release it (push your hand forward until the rein is in a loop). Then repeat on the outside rein. Then take up and give with both reins and release. Run this pattern through your aids to the horse a few times, then try it with the jog. When you release, the horse should start to seek the rein by stretching a little more forward and down. When you advance to the lope with this, remember, just as in the walk, too much seat will make the horse hollow its back behind its withers. That's not what we want. As you ask the horse to stretch down and strengthen its back muscles over its topline, you have to be very balanced and light with seat aids.