|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 #||5546|
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||6||unbalanced and inattentive at crooked halt|
|2||C||Track left, working trot rising.||Balance and bend in turn.||6.5||6.5||fair bend and energy, a little uneven|
|3||E||Circle left 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6||6||more oval than round circle|
|4||Between K & A||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; walk rhythm.||6||6||hollow but obedient, walk steps tight|
|5||F-E||Free walk.||Complete freedom to stretch neck forward and downward; clear walk rhythm, straightness on the diagonal; ground cover.||6||6||needs stretch forward and down- high headed, be careful to balance through turn at F rather than whipping around or trying to pirouette|
|6||E-H||Medium walk.||Willing and balanced transition; clear walk rhythm.||6||6||tense and high headed|
|7||Between H & C||Working trot rising.||Willing and balanced transition; clear trot rhythm.||6.5||6.5||willing but not relaxed over topline|
|8||B||Circle right 20 meters, working trot rising.||Roundness and size of circle; clear trot rhythm and bend.||6.5||6.5||better shaped and sized circle with nice bend, tight in neck|
Halt through medium walk. Salute.
|Straightness on centerline; willing, balanced transition and halt.||6||6||fairly straight but braced into halt|
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.||6.5||6.5||back needs to relax and swing more|
|3||Submission||Acceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.||6||2||12||consistently high in head, braced in shoulders|
|4||Rider’s Position and Seat||Keeping in balance with the horse||6||6||rider needs better alignment|
|5||Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the Aids||Correct bend and preparation of transitions||6.5||6.5||supple to the right, not as much left, clear transitions|
|6||Geometry and Accuracy||Correct size and shape of circles and turns||6.5||6.5||some issues with first trot circle and beginning of FW diagonal|
|Hi again, Patrice! So there are more issues in this test with relaxation over your horse's back and reach down to the connection rather than locking in front of the saddle and carrying his head too high. Again, I think that tweaking your position will make a big difference overall. In the meantime, I want you to think about trying to help your horse understand better how to come up through the belly and back and swing more. It is easier on bending lines so working on a circle is a good thing. Try to overbend your horse to the inside and use your inside leg at the same time. You want to feel your horse yield to the pressure of your leg and stretch through the neck to follow your hand. Be sure you keep your outside leg on so he doesn't just swing the HQ out and fall on the inside shoulder. Once you feel the give, relax your inside hand forward towards your horse's mouth. Chances are he will lift and brace again. That's ok. Again, softly bend and use your legs to get the giving feel and again relax the inside hand as a reward when you get it. It is kind of like stretching before running- you are asking your horse to elongate the lateral muscles through the outside of his body. You will do this over and over until, when you give your inside hand back, your horse straightens but stays up and over the back with the outside muscles relaxed and long. Then repeat on the other side. Dressage is boring but the results are so rewarding and your horse is super nice. Getting that increased relaxation laterally will help your horse stretch longitudinally as well and it will be easy to get him soft and connected and on the bit as you move up the levels. Good luck!|