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post #11 of 23 Old 04-13-2011, 11:37 PM
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Thank you kayty. The directives for each movement are written on the score sheet. In the link I posted they are there for every movement in the while test, as every test sheet is written
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I have always ridden with the change of bend at the 1\4 line (live in canada), to me it really wouldn't make much sense to change at x if you think about the shape of the loop. If you were to change at x you would be riding the first portion of your loop counter bent with an abrubt change or bend which wouldn't result in a loop so much as a v type shape if that makes sense. Just how I think of it
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Ahhhh, Kayty, I understood your post much more clearly then Anebels, although thank you both. I thought she was saying the movement of the loop itself was to the quarter line - which didn't make sense to me, hence my last post.

In regards to the directives, I looked at the ones you posted anebel, however there is no mention of the quarter line. I checked the Canadian test vs. the US one you posted, and to be honest, they are similar and the directives for this movement are the same.

"Bend and balance in turn; quality of trot; shape and size of loop; changes of bend."

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Next question - at what point are you straight? And when you hit X, are you already bent the other direction?
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Oh ok!! That makes more sense then, I was trying to get my head around how on earth you could make a change of bend at X smooth when riding a loop!!
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LOL... it felt like a Monday yesterday. What can I say. ;)
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Of course the directives for the tests are the same, they are the same tests.
If you read them and understand how each directive affects the quality of the movement then you will get a good idea of how to ride the movement.
You change bend on the quarter lines so you will be straight over the quarter lines and be bent in the direction of the loop over x. If you read the directives it wants to see changeS of bend
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I did not realize they were the same tests. But thanks for the tactful response.
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Sorry if that came out with a bad tone I don't have a full keyboard infront of me. My point is that the reason the directives are on the tests is so the riders and judges and coaches are all on the same page. It is in your best interest to read and understand them.

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Okay....So not to hijack the thread, but I gotta question too.....Just for clarification :)

The loops on my tests go from HXK and MXF. I'm going straight from H tot he quartertrack and then changing bend around X, then on the quartertrack I should have proper bend again before I get to K? I'm more of a XC rider....lol, Dressage baffles me sometimes.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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