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  • Dressage training beginner level 1 test
  • Dressage test rubric

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    10-11-2012, 02:24 PM
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I wante to also mention that I beleive the Training level 1 requires a trot circle , allowing the horse to stetch and carry the bit down. This is the same "issue" as the free walk for any horse that has been trained to stay off of the bit, as in WP.

Intro level C has w/t/c but not the stretchy circle.
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    10-11-2012, 03:27 PM
The stretchy trot circle is in Training 2 and 3, 1 doesn't include it.

Here's the link to copies of the tests with the full descriptions of the movements and the scoring rubrics

Dressage Test Movements
    10-11-2012, 03:33 PM
Originally Posted by maura    
The stretchy trot circle is in Training 2 and 3, 1 doesn't include it.

Here's the link to copies of the tests with the full descriptions of the movements and the scoring rubrics

Dressage Test Movements

Movement #6 in T1 is a stretchy circle.

Don't sweat the stretchy circles. Just go ride the test and have fun!!! Honestly as long as you don't get bucked off it was probably a pretty good test!! I brought my friend and her WP mare to a show earlier this year, she did training level too. All she said was thank goodness they did training level in the short ring (20x40) and not the long ring hahaha. She placed mid/high in the classes and brought home some ribbons. It was fun!!
    10-11-2012, 03:48 PM
My bad, you're right, test 1 does have the stretchy circle.

I confess I've never ridden the 2011 tests.
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    10-12-2012, 09:28 AM
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Riley has some flexibility issues. I was thinking spending sometime doing dressage work will only help him. He's really started moving forward. I have a true canter one direction, the other is work because he still wants to slow down and shorten his rear stride. It's from years of backward WRONG training. Since I've been doing simple dressage type stuff such as "long and low" and then stretching before rides I've seen improvement.

The show would be almost 2 hours away but I'm thinking if I left the house at 5am then I could be there by 7. My assumption is the training test 1 would go first which would make for an 8am start time... I have a week to decide for definite and send in my registration.

Of course he kicked through the metal gate on Sunday and is still swelled in that back leg. (it's going down daily and he's not nearly as stiff). If he can sound up for me this week then I think I'll go for it...

You guys will cheer me on right? Do they have photographers at these shows?
    10-12-2012, 10:18 AM
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You bet we will
Hope you can get some pics taken


Any tips for working on getting more contact (bit) from a horse that's been worked all its life (I assume) on a zero contact principle
I am not seeing anything that makes me think she's done any western/WP riding, she carries her head too high for that but does want to hold her head 'in frame' with no contact and so inclined to get behind the bit - I mean way behind the bit sometimes.
She is improving a lot but any advice welcomed especially on encouraging her to stretch and lengthen her neck - I have never had a horse that wasn't broken and schooled to work 'on the bit' with contact before - probably because its not the typical UK way of doing things
    10-12-2012, 02:46 PM
I will have all my fingers and toes crossed and will definitely be cheering for you. Depending on where the show is (2 hours in which direction?) I could maybe.....even....I don't know.....go watch?

PM me and let me know the venue.

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