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    07-15-2009, 11:10 AM
Center Circles?

I have five days now to prepair for our show. Right now I think we're doing pretty well. She was pretty well behaved yesterday...Kind of. It was a
Me : *taps outside shoulder*
Her : *BLAH. I DON'T WANT TO. (rearing, bucking, kicking...)

I really hope she doesn't decide to pull that during the show. She's only done it twice before, but...I do believe it's partly my fault. Anyways.

The thing that killed me in my last Dressage tests were center circles. I don't know why, but I can't seem to get them just perfect. You're supposed to go just a few strides after, let's say E, go to the rail on B, and end up back at E again. But...I'm not sure. I think I just need a better feeling for them.

Any help will be loved - I'll be off to the barn shortly and would love advice before I go!
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    07-15-2009, 10:53 PM
You mean a 20m circle at E??
Your horse's forehand should be leaving the rail when your leg is AT E. You should then head towards the centerline, 10m away from X (I don't know if you're in a 20x40 or 20x60) and then when your leg is on the centerline, your horse should already be headed for B. At B your horse should touch the rail for one horse length and by the time your leg is at B, you should be headed back to the centerline, 10m from X. And then turn back to E when your leg is on centerline and then ride straight after E.
    07-17-2009, 04:57 PM
That helped a ton! We might not actually fail on Sunday. Haha.

Thanks so much!
    07-27-2009, 03:15 PM
This sounds silly but it worked so well with 1 student of mine that she WON her first class in her first show - and it was at Training Level (test 1).

Print off a dressage arena (full size or smaller depending on the arena size you're showing in) and make a circle in the center (E to B or vice versa). Where the circle crosses the arena depends on if you're showing in a regulation full-size arena or a smaller arena.

For full-sized regulation arenas - when you cross the centerline you should be 2 meters (a bit more than 2 feet) INSIDE the letters (R/S on one side and P/V on the other side).

Follow this URL - Movement #2 shows a circle at E/B in the center of the arena for a full-size arena.

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