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        03-04-2010, 12:05 PM
    I have done a couple of low level dressage shows and the main comment on my test are that she should be on the bit in a frame or more rounded and on the bridle when her headset is coming along nicely to me and I don't think she should be forced to do it just because I might get some more marks.

    You shouldn't have to have your horse in a headset at this level though.
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        03-05-2010, 07:03 PM
    Your number one priority at intro is that you're allowing your horse to go forward, and that you're paying attention to your geometry! :) Even at Training, being "on the bit" isn't a huge priority. I think a lot of people introduce that concept way too early, and then don't do it right. Go ride the test, and then rub it in her face ;)
        03-06-2010, 02:31 AM
    Forwardness is of course the priority in the 'baby' tests. However you need to bare in mind that forward does not mean running on with the horse's head in the air evading the bit. The horse should be working in a soft frame. Not too round, but not strung out like a giraffe either. Just a nice consistent contact with the bit, active hind legs, head just in front of the vertical and a relaxed back.
        03-06-2010, 10:19 AM
    [QUOTE]Your number one priority at intro is that you're allowing your horse to go forward, and that you're paying attention to your geometry!

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    Hahaha! This cracked me up!! And I will rub it in her face :)

    And thanks everyone, and i'm pretty sure we'll get a decent score because she's coming along nicely with all of the above, I really apreaiate yalls advice

    (unrelated: what cue do you use for your horse to get downward transitions? I tighten my stomach muscles and don't completely stop my seat [since she's training i'll ask with the reigns a slight bit if she doesn't respond for a sec] correct cue??)

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