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    11-05-2013, 10:17 PM
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Foal
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Hi all,
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?
Thanks!
     
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    11-05-2013, 11:00 PM
  #2
Weanling
Nice questions !

I look forward to seeing the responses as well

Best of luck
     
    11-05-2013, 11:18 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by equistar    
Hi all,
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?
Thanks!
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!
     
    11-06-2013, 12:15 AM
  #4
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by equistar    
Hi all,
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?
Thanks!
So the test looks like the equivalent of Prelim level here.

1. As already said, it's against a wall, so not too bad, but what I do when my boy is being wobbly is to just to make sure I have him evenly between both legs and hand, keep the forwards and not let him duck behind the bridle. If I try to correct it any other way it makes it worse!

2. Make sure the canter is nicely balanced and give your horse plenty of preparation for the transition. You have 24m to get the transition done, so don't leave it until you are almost at B (or E) to ask for the transition!

3. According to the notes that Equestrian Australia provides us for the free walk (and I am pretty sure our tests are recycled US ones lol), "The FW is a pace of relaxation in which the horse is allowed complete freedom to lower and stretch out the head and neck. The horse's strides and its frame is lengthened. The FW is executed on a long rein - maintaining a contact with the poll still under control. Stretching over the back and forward/downward with the head and neck is most important in this movement." So don't throw your reins away.

4. In Aus, the halt transitions can be done with a few steps of walk, but I'm not sure for the US.

Good luck!
     

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