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PURPOSE: To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, is supple and moves freely forward in a clear rhythm with a steady tempo, accepting contact with the bit. All trot work may be ridden sitting or rising, unless stated. Halts may be through the walk.RIDER #6148
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NAME:Natalie de Freitas
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JUDGE:Aviva Nebesky
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Points Possible:
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Final Score: 62.115%
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USDF TRAINING LEVEL TEST 1
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TESTDIRECTIVESPOINTS*TOTALREMARKS
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1A

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Enter working trot

Halt, salute
Proceed working trot
Regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transitions; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)66very straight CL but hollow and against hand into halt and naughty and reluctant out of halt
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Track left

Circle left 20m
Regularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6.5213steady tempo and bend but a little tight in neck and circle not well placed
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3ACircle left 20m developing left lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance55wrong lead corrected, circle small, canter leaning on inside shoulder
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4A-F-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness66better balanced but twisted in poll and braced
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5Between B & MWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner6212hollow and against hand
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6CMedium walkWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of walk; bend and balance in corner6.5213loss of forward into marching walk
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7E-F

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Change rein, free walk

Medium walk
Regularity and quality of walks; reach and ground cover of free walk allowing complete freedom to stretch the neck forward and downward; straightness; willing, calm transitions6212shows ground cover but needs more swing and stretch through back, resistant and hollow picking up reins
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8AWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of trot; bend and balance in corner; straightness66willing but above bit
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9ECircle right 20mRegularity and quality of trot; shape and size of circle; bend; balance6212circle oddly shaped and placed but shows bend
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10CCircle right 20m developing right lead canter in first quarter of circleWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; shape and size of circle; bend; balance66willing but counterbent and short in neck
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11C-M-BWorking canterRegularity and quality of canter; bend and balance in corner; straightness66almost straight in body, twisting in connection
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12Between B & FWorking trotWilling, calm transition; regularity and quality of gaits; straightness; bend and balance in corner6212needs balance from hind leg
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13A

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Down centerline

Halt, salute
Bend and balance in turn; regularity and quality of trot; willing, calm transition; straightness; attentiveness; immobility (min. 3 seconds)99
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Leave arena in free walk. Exit at A.
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COLLECTIVE MARKSPOINTSTOTALREMARKS
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1GaitsFreedom and regularity77
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2ImpulsionDesire to move forward with suppleness of the back and steady tempo.6212
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3SubmissionAcceptance of steady contact, attention, and confidence.6212
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4Rider’s Position and SeatKeeping in balance with the horse6.56.5
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5Rider’s Correct and Effective Use of the AidsCorrect bend and preparation of transitions66
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Hello again, Natalie! A very nice improvement in the medium walk from your first test! Continued good work in suppleness in corners and on circles in the trot. Canter definitely adds difficulty to the test. Your horse has a lovely quality canter but he is lacking balance and becomes tight and hollow. I would suggest that you work on the transitions on a smaller circle and then push the circle out into the canter so that he starts to understand to start the canter with his outside hind leg. The quality of the transition significantly impacts the quality of the canter itself so getting a good upward will help a lot in the rest of the movements. Once the transition comes more easily from your aids (don't be afraid to use your voice to help you until he is quicker on the physical aids) then start to ride your canter with a softer seat and hand to give him a place to bring his back up to instead of being squashed into too tight a frame. Work on spirals to help him understand how to shift his hind legs underneath himself to carry better balance. Little leg yield feel down the long sides will also help him start to understand that he needs to stay straight with both hind legs under him rather than falling on his inside shoulder and looking to the outside to balance. Your position stays pretty straight so I don't think his canter issues are related to your position so much as they are related to strength, balance, straightness, and your expectations! Again, be careful about size and shapes of circles and don't sacrifice line of travel no matter what happens if you can help it. Adding energy in your trot will always improve your scores and will improve the frame as well. He is a bit tight over his topline and I would like to see him relax and stretch forward and down more from your hand in front of the saddle rather than his neck retracting up in front of the saddle and blocking the energy through his back into your hand. Some good basics to start with and some additional tweaks and you will see higher scores. Good luck with this nice horse.
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POINTS:161.5
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ERRORS:0
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SUBTOTAL:161.5
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SCORE:62.115%
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