So I was strapping (and I called so many tests for people) for my friend on the weekend at a training day, and she did Prelim 1C and 1A. So her and Gidge did okay. A 65% of the 1C and a 54.545% on the 1A. I know that's not the best, I know that's not what this combination is capable of, so I thought I'd ask some questions related to the comments on the test.
On the 1C, we got told he had excellent rhythm and movement, but they need to slow down the tempo to get more cadence. Could someone please explain what that means? Would a video of his movement be helpful?
On the 1A Gidji was being a sh!t, and for some reason just wanted to play up according to my friend. Now I know that wasn't the problem, she didn't warm him up properly. He comes off as a dumb horse, but he will take advantage of you, if you let him get away with it. When I ride him, if he doesn't do a proper halt (ie tosses head or turns his butt out) I will spur him on. Loz let him get away with this while he was warming up and so he just started being an idiot. Long story short, she couldn't collect him up and getting him working well from his hindquarters, and the judge said he was on the forehand most of the test. She said he needs more submission in his halts, but his transitions would've been excellent if he wasn't on the forehand. I know this horse is capable, I used to lease him for Pete's sake, so whats some advice to keep him consistent?
I know I must sound stupid asking all this advice for a friend, but I'm pretty much her strapper, caller, her life saver at shows. I'm the one who picks up on the things she's missing when she's riding. I'm that girl at the show who's in the warm up area, saying wrong diagonal! That's not a circle, that's an egg!