Originally Posted by equistar
So this weekend I'm competing at a show where I will be doing Beginner Novice Dressage Test A. I have a couple of questions on the movements:
(Here's the link- http://useventing.com/resources/file...ice_Test_A.pdf
1.) For the 2nd movement (HEKA Working trot) my horse has trouble staying straight and round. Is there anything I can do to keep him straight?
2.) The canter to trot transition (6,13) is always rough, so what can I do to make it smoother?
3.) Any tips for the free walk? (8)
4.) Halt and salute (15) is a little bit weird. Am I allowed to take a few steps in the walk before halting? What exercises can I do to strengthen our transition?
I'll give this my best go.
1) My horse is a wiggly worm too. The HEKA is actually on a rail. Don't stress over that! I did this test last year, and if you want to see it, look up hesultimatelyfine on youtube and find my eventinf derby video.
2) Transitions, transitions, transitions! It takes a lot of practice to get transitions smooth and nice. My horse is very rushy at the canter so it takes a lot to get him to slow down to a trot. Basically, give your horse a forewarning. Shift your weight back and let him know what's coming. Someone i'm sure will expand on this, but transitions can't be fixed overnight, they take time.
3) This also takes time
with my horse, I really exaggerate my seat and encourage him to stretch downward. I usually lower my hands and work my fingers on the reins. Fortunately, there is trot work beforehand, so when I would release the reins, he would just drop his head and stretch.
4) Transitions, transitions, transitions! Stop walk stop walk trot walk trot walk trot stop and so on. Keep your horse guessing! Transitions will help teach him to stay off of his forehand and engage his backend. I have not perfected this with my horse--heck we aren't even close. It also takes time!
Look up youtube videos, they really help. Best of luck! And remember, showing is about the fun!