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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 #6097
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NAME:Sandra Zarzycki
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Max Pts:200
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Final Score: 71.250%
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JUDGECharlotte Trentelman
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WDAA BASIC LEVEL TEST 3
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

X
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.77Fairly straight. Move off could be more prompt.
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2C

M - X - F
Track right

One loop, working jog
Balance and bend in the turn; balance and bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.66Good energy, but, avoids corner at M. Loop should be more curved.
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3Between F & ADevelop working lope, right leadWilling, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.7.57.5Prompt.
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4A

Before A
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.77Balanced on shoulders.
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5Before KDevelop working walkWilling, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.88Smooth.
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6K - B

B
Change rein, free walk

Working 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.7214Clelar rhythm. Needs more reach and activity.
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7M

H - X - K
Working jog

One loop, working jog
Willing, smooth transition to jog; balance and bend on loop and in corners; regularity and quality of the jog.6.56.5Bent to outside M - H. Should show more correct bend into corners.
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8Between K & ADevelop working lope, left leadWilling, smooth transition; regularity and quality of the lope; balance and bend in the corner.77Obedient. Could show more forward jump.
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9A

Before A
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.6.56.5Rough transition to jog.
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10B

Before B
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.7214Chow more downward stretch.
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11B - C - H

H - B
Working jog

Change rein, working jog
Balance and bend in the corners; straightness; regularity and quality of the jog.7.57.5
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12A

X
Down centerline

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.77Fairly straight. Slight loss of attention.
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Leave arena at A in a walk with looped or long reins.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity7.57.5
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.77Needs to develop more suppleness over topline.
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3Rider’s Position, Seat, and HandsWell-balanced elastic seat demonstrating vertical, centered alignment, with light independent contact from hand(s)7.57.5
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4Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsEvidenced 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 tests6.56.5
Accuracy of loops and corners.
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5HarmonyThe 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 performance8216
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Good harmony between Horse and Rider. Work on your accuracy in corners and loops. Develop more balance (less bracing) in transitions.
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POINTS:142.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:142.5
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SCORE:71.250%
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EXTRA FEEDBACK

Overall Impression: Good work ethic. Horse is attentive to aids.

High Points: Harmony and prompt transitions.

Low Points: Activity in the walk. Resists left bend at times.

Focus: Work to supple horse laterally to help develop changes of bend and softer connection.

Exercises: 1) Transitions from the halt at the beginning of the test are different from Introductory level. In both Intro and Basic you are required to walk into the halt, but, notice that the directives don't tell you to walk out of the halt when beginning the test. Practice making your horse a little quicker in the response to your let. A light and quick aid--repeated (bump, bump), may get a better response than a heavy squeeze or one thump with your legs. Remember, the object is to make your horse responsive to a lighter aid.

2)Your horse needs to stretch more over it's topline in the free walk. The first exercise from the previous test will help improve stretch and balance. Too much seat will actually slow a horse's walk. The light and quick leg aid helps it become more active. Don't be afraid that your horse will make a "mistake" and jog. Let your horse make mistakes in your training, so, it will learn to accept your leg and, that your leg doesn't always mean "change gaits". If your horse breaks into a jog, or braces, just bring it back and ask again for it to accept your leg and go forward more actively. The fact that your horse reacted is good. You only have to make it understand that the break to the jog wasn't what you had in mind. When your horse does march forward. Reward with praise, or a pat. Horses like to know when they have done it right--and may learn to repeat the good behavior. If you get no response to an aid (much less desirable) you will need to reapply the aid more strongly.

You both seem to be enjoying the journey of your training. Keep up the good work!
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