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    03-25-2009, 11:38 AM
Ive ever heard to stay elevated 2 beats either. Where did you hear that?

You will be fine. Sounds like you've got it sorted. Just know your test well. I draw the arena and trace the test with my finger.
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    03-25-2009, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by Pinto Pony    
I have never heard of staying elevated two beats, that sounds kinda weird. In dressage as you get into more advanced levels sitting trot is pretty standard and as far as I know sit two beats to change your rising diagonal.

As for the rhyme, my old instructor had me memorise... "All King Edwards Horses Can Manage Big Fences with an RSVP" but the order for RSVP goes in reverse hehe.
Okay, cool. I tried doing the elevated thing the other night and it felt really weird so I was kind of hoping that it was sit two beats.
Thanks for the rhyme too!
    03-25-2009, 01:54 PM
Originally Posted by Miss Katie    
Ive ever heard to stay elevated 2 beats either. Where did you hear that?

You will be fine. Sounds like you've got it sorted. Just know your test well. I draw the arena and trace the test with my finger.
This girl I was talking to at a barn I was working for last summer told me it. Only time I ever heard it but I was thinking it was one of those understood things which is why no one else bothered to tell me. I'm pretty good about memorizing patterns so hopefully I can manage the test. I want to be able to do it without someone reading it for me hopefully.
    03-26-2009, 08:15 PM
FXH change rein is a change of direction across the diagonal of the arena. In a dressage test, you basically follow the progression of letters and put your transitions and figures at certain letters as according to the tests.
There are also two sizes of arenas, the first on posted is the 20x60 arena. It is mandatory for second level and above, and optional for all other levels. The second one is the 20x40 which is optional for intro, training and first levels. All the letters for each are posted in them. The 20x60 has extra letters.

And for the dressage tests:
There they are in download able form. You can also search USDF's website for them..

As for memorizing tests... I'm the ****** that "runs" the tests in a mini arena on foot to memorize them... it works though!
    03-26-2009, 08:17 PM
Hahah thank you anebel! I may have to try the running approach too :)
    03-27-2009, 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
Hahah thank you anebel! I may have to try the running approach too :)

At the level we are discussing the important thing beside the impulsion from the horse is accuracy from the rider. Just remember that to properly go from letter to letter the movement starts from when the horse's shoulder goes through the letter.

For example a halt at "A" would mean the horse's shoulder is at "A". On the diagonal ( H x F) the horse's shoulder should pass through "H" continue to "X" and the horse's shoulder again pass through "F" on the other end then continue to the corner.

Too many cut these corners and lose marks.
    03-27-2009, 02:51 PM
Thank you Spyder, I didn't even think of that. That makes sense. I am going to trailer out to take a dressage lesson just so someone can watch me and see what I am doing before the show so I can get some pointers so hopefully I can pull this off passably :P

Thanks for the
    03-29-2009, 05:37 AM
Woah those tests are simple.. is that like registerd stuff that level? I usually borrow someone elses horse and do the test a few times on that horse so that I know it and know where im going to ave troble etc but my horse doesnt get to know it cause they can start to anticipate movements.

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