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    07-19-2011, 10:18 PM
Horse memorized test...ugh

It is as it sounds. My horse has memorized his dressage test. TB's are too darn smart for their own good. My bad for attempting to run through it start to finish. Of course now he's anticipating the transitions and I've got a whole new problem to solve. Other than really mix things up while practicing and being crystal clear about when I want the transitions to occur, is there anything I can do to keep him from thinking ahead? Show is on Sunday, so not much time to fool the rocket scientist.
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    07-19-2011, 10:41 PM
Do you practice it a lot? My qh memorized it too and she knows we start the test as long as I stop her in mid of arena and bow - it means test is coming. However I do not let her participate (mostly by doing transitions in different points, you have the whole letter-to-letter to do it).
    07-19-2011, 10:47 PM
No, we haven't done that test since our show on June 5th. Heck we haven't even practiced dressage since then. Between him getting sick and the heat, we hadn't been doing much of anything this past month. We're just now getting back into show shape. I started the practice test without going down the centerline figuring that would fool him, (silly me) realized he had it all memorized during the free walk part and decided to give him the reins to confirm my suspicions. Sure enough, he completed the second half of the test perfectly. Darn horse made a better turn up the centerline at the end than I ever have! He halted dead at X. It's kinda scary. I don't know how he does it.
    07-19-2011, 11:07 PM
Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Sure enough, he completed the second half of the test perfectly. Darn horse made a better turn up the centerline at the end than I ever have! He halted dead at X. It's kinda scary. I don't know how he does it.
Sorry about the frustration you now have to endure, but that's hilarious!

I wonder if you could "un-train" him by going through a different pattern on a regular basis...? Just practice each part of the test separately, in a different order, then bust out the actual pattern at the show again. Not sure if it'll work, but maybe it would throw him off enough to make him think and actually wait for your cues.
    07-19-2011, 11:54 PM
I'm not understanding the issue? Lol.

No, I know what you mean, Nelson does the same thing too, so I do what Ferhoodled mentioned, just practice your movements without the sync of the test.

What I do, is I practice the test at home. I make up a "imaginary" arena in my I run the test on my 2 feet as though I'm riding Nelson.......

That way I know the test by heart and when I am at the barn riding, I just work on indavidual movements, like our transitions for example, or our 20 meter circles - so that when I run the actual test with him shortly before the HT, then we can put everything together.

Keeps him on his toes.

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