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post #11 of 23 Old 04-09-2013, 06:44 AM
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Unless you are setting up the arena (and even then it is in the USEF rule book) or taking a test, it is immaterial to know the 17 letters. Riding a test is easier learned by riding the patterns.
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Unless you are setting up the arena (and even then it is in the USEF rule book) or taking a test, it is immaterial to know the 17 letters. Riding a test is easier learned by riding the patterns.
I'm not sure I understand this comment - I'm trying to imagine situations where I wouldn't have to lay out an arena, and there were only a few (lessons or clinics at a dressage barn or actually at a show) - I almost always had to lay out the arena.

Also, I learned and taught tests by drawing or walking the patterns, which required that I lay out the letters first, so mnemoics like these came in very handy. On rainy days I chalked the letters out in a rectangle in the barn aisle and had my students walk, trot and "canter" the patterns on foot - funny and an effective way to learn the tests.

I always advised and believe that it's a bad idea to drill the test on your horse to learn it as they learn to anticipate.

Finally, who's talking about 17 letters? You don't start seeing the additional 8 letters until Second Level.
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Unless you are setting up the arena (and even then it is in the USEF rule book) or taking a test, it is immaterial to know the 17 letters. Riding a test is easier learned by riding the patterns.
It may be easier for you, and other people, to learn it by riding the patterns. For others, it may be easier to learn it a different way. You seem to be really into theory, so here is one for you: the theory of multiple learning styles. Basically, everyone learns best in a different way. I know I for one am a visual learner - I would have an arena, and would draw out the test first in order to memorise it, probably in different colours for different paces, and maybe a different pattern to the line to denote changes within the pace. Knowing how I learn best lets me maximise my own learning, and for you to assume your way is the best way is just silly.
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Unless you are setting up the arena (and even then it is in the USEF rule book) or taking a test, it is immaterial to know the 17 letters. Riding a test is easier learned by riding the patterns.
I actually think you should know the basic format, because it is embarrassing riding round arena looking for the elusive letter your instructor has just told you to head for, ask me how I know Stupid rotten system, makes those of us with, errr, challenges look even more stupid than normal

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I actually think you should know the basic format, because it is embarrassing riding round arena looking for the elusive letter your instructor has just told you to head for, ask me how I know Stupid rotten system, makes those of us with, errr, challenges look even more stupid than normal
I'll disagree with you there - one of the first things I like to see anywhere I teach are the letters for an arena - doesn't matter if the arena is poles on the ground they make teaching easier and logical.

Asking a rider to change the rein but first go along the short side and then when you're about 6m past the corner change the rein is a pain in the but.

Far easier to say "change the rein FXH" If the rider knows the letters it makes learning the test really easy.
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I'll disagree with you there - one of the first things I like to see anywhere I teach are the letters for an arena - doesn't matter if the arena is poles on the ground they make teaching easier and logical.

Asking a rider to change the rein but first go along the short side and then when you're about 6m past the corner change the rein is a pain in the but.

Far easier to say "change the rein FXH" If the rider knows the letters it makes learning the test really easy.
No you are agreeing with me, that's is what I was saying, maybe badly but that is what I meant.
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