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post #21 of 23 Old 04-21-2013, 11:25 PM
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No you are agreeing with me, that's is what I was saying, maybe badly but that is what I meant.

Sorry Golden Horse - I picked up the wrong quote

It was Equitates quote I was refering to

"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"

If you know where the letters are the test is easy to learn
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I always learned, All King Edwards Horses Can Make Big Fences!
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It never helped me to memorize them "in order" or with a phrase like "All King Edward's horses..." Why? Because when my instructor says "trot to M" you don't have time to think through a whole phrase of list of letters, you just have to know that M is "there".

Sooo, with that in mind, I just tried to memorize one letter at a time and where exactly it was. So, for example, it's pretty easy to remember that A is in the middle of the end where you enter the dressage ring, and C is the middle of the far end, where the judge will be. X is in the middle.

Then I began adding more letters, usually 2 at a time. I used my own associations and tricks to remember the letters. For example, I looked at the letters on paper and realized that the E and the B were opposite each other in the middle of the long sides (with x in between them). Well, Eb is the name of my cat so it was easy for me to remember that. (I always picture the arena as if I am looking at it from the A end of the arena.)

I also used a flashcard to help me. I drew the arena with all the letters on one side of a 3x5 card, then I'd turn the card over and try to name the letters I was working one, then slowly added more.

I know it seems like memorizing these few letters should be easy, but it certainly was not for me.
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