OK, so I have my first 2 dressage tests in February (I know, a long time away but practice makes perfect) and I have a few questions on collection, head carriage and some of the rules.
1. Head carriage on circles. I sometimes struggle a bit with this so could anyone give me some tips with this. I give and take with my inside rein to get that little bit of flexion but I lose it sometimes because I'm focusing so hard on getting the horse off my inside leg. I will try and get a video next time I ride to show you. How do I keep that head-carriage and flexion?
2. Collection at a trot. Haven't got this in my tests yet, but I'd like to know how to do it properly and effieciently. I'm on a horse that knows how to do it, so that's no problem, but I would like to know how its done properly. Should I work on extension or collection first?
3. Am I allowed to use a double bridle in preliminary? And my sister is competing on him in Prepatory, so I'm guessing she'd have to ride in a snaffle.
4. And free walk. How is this done the right way? I see some riders do it and their horse looks sloppy, the rider's position looks extremely sloppy and it just looks horrible. Any videos or tips on how to do this looking good would be appreciated.