Don't Understand This Dressage Test! - The Horse Forum
 1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dorset, England
Posts: 8
• Horses: 1
Wink Don't Understand This Dressage Test!

Hi!
Im doing my first dressage test this sunday but I don't really understand some of the movements It is just a small informal walk and trot test but I don't get it!
Heres the test...

1. Enter at A in walk,C turn left
2 H working trot to E then half a 20mtr circle to B.
3. BMCH working tot
4. HXF change rein across diagonal
5. A medium walk half a 20 mtr circle to X
6. X half a 20 mtr circle free walk back to A
7. K working trot to E then half a 20mtr circle to B
8. FAK working trot
9. KXM change rein across diagonal
10. MCH working trot
11. H medium walk EX half 10 mtr circle walk to G
12. G Halt & Salute
LEAVE ARENA ON LOOSE REIN WALK AT
ANY SUITABLE POINT.

But I don't understand some of the 'half circle' parts like number 2 and 11.
Also any dressage tips would be appreciated!!
Thanks
Rhianna x
rhiannax is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 06:27 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,289
• Horses: 0
I also had booklets with the figures drawn on a diagram to help me learn my tests. Here's a web site where you can print test diagrams:

http://www.dressagediagrams.org/29/m...rst=no&mess=-1

Also, if you go on Google or YouTube and type in the name of your test - Intro Level Test A, B or C, you'll get a bunch of videos of people performing the test. That may even be more helpful.
maura is offline  
post #3 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dorset, England
Posts: 8
• Horses: 1
Thanks, its just that this is a test made up especially for this competition, so no one else will have done it! A diagram would be helpful though thanks!
Rhianna x
rhiannax is offline  
post #4 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 06:40 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,289
• Horses: 0
Sorry, I should of known it wasn't a standard test when I saw the 10 meter half circles in a walk trot test Hmmmmm. Can you get your instructor or the person who made up the test to draw it on a diagram for you?
maura is offline  
post #5 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dorset, England
Posts: 8
• Horses: 1
Good idea, thanks for your help!!
Rhianna x
rhiannax is offline  
post #6 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 07:27 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,174
• Horses: 3
I can see why you're a bit confused... there is a lot left out - like going straight from free walk to working trot? It certainly needs to be laid out more clearly.

As for the half 20m circles, well they are exactly what they sound like. Instead of riding a full 20m circle, you just ride half of one between the markers. So if it was a full 20m circle, say starting at E, you would ride around to B and back to E to complete the circle. For a half 20m circle, you just ride the half of the circle from E-B without coming all the way back to E.

Your instructor certainly didn't make a very well flowing test for you to start on, this one is quite tricky as all 'normal' tests are a mirror image, so you ride everything equally on both reins except for the free walk (and as you get higher up the levels you'll have 4 tempi changes on the right rein, then 3 tempis on the left rein. But still it is essentially a mirror on each rein)
MIEventer likes this.

~Horse & Hound Artistry~.

Website: www.horseandhoundartistry.com
Kayty is online now  
post #7 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Dorset, England
Posts: 8
• Horses: 1
Right okay thank you! I am going to draw it all out to help me understand and remember it! Hopefully it will go okay on the day
Rhianna x
rhiannax is offline  
post #8 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 08:33 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
Maura, you can only print out diagrams for Intro A, B, C these days (at least several of us here were not lucky enough to find any test higher). Everything else you have to print out the blank form and draw the diagram yourself (OR buy a book by USDF, which is quite pricey, so I personally went with "drawing").

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
kitten_Val is offline  
post #9 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 11:08 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,289
• Horses: 0
Kitten, I always bought those little laminated books with the diagrams. Well worth the money, IMO.
maura is offline  
post #10 of 20 Old 10-24-2011, 01:46 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by maura View Post
Kitten, I always bought those little laminated books with the diagrams. Well worth the money, IMO.
I'm thinking about buying one next year, but they are pretty costly to my big surprise. Since I had just couple shows to go this year, I just draw mine.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
kitten_Val is offline  
Reply

Tags
dressage

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Don't Understand Dressage Test HorseyCharli123 Dressage 16 09-03-2011 09:09 AM
Dressage test ericka Horse Training 1 01-09-2011 08:58 AM
First Dressage Test. ChingazMyBoy Dressage 6 12-21-2009 03:34 AM
Understand Dressage Now snoggle Horse Riding 1 12-05-2009 12:58 PM
Dressage test! HorsesAreForever Horse Shows 1 07-17-2008 09:14 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome