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post #1 of 7 Old 04-23-2012, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question about Training Test 1

Training test 1 has a stretchy circle followed by a transition to working walk at A. I have a full circle to show the stretchy circle. How much of the circle should I use to show the stretch before getting my horse together for the working walk? I'm assuming I do not transition to the walk on the longer rein and then pick him up, so it's a matter of collecting my reins at some point during the circle, yes?

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You have to shorten the reins before A. That much is clear from the required movements.

I agree that there is no clear indication of how early before A.

Personally, I would say at least 3/4 of the circle should be on a loose rein.
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MBP, you start to ask for stretching as you start the circle. It usually takes me about quarter of circle to get a full stretch on my qh. You start to pick up reins and bring him back on last quarter of the circle, so when you transition to the walk he's already back on rein and collected.

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I got a 7 for the stretchy circle, on my one and only test I rode. How my trainer, who is in the L program, explained it: prepare the horse at A, but don't loosen the reins yet. Make sure the horse is solidly on the outside rein. From A to B, gradually allow the reins to lengthen, but keep contact with the outside rein, and keep your hands forward (not out and down, or out an back). By X the horse should be stretched as far down as possible. From E to A gradually shorten the reins and prepare for working walk. That gives you a quarter of a circle to regroup and rebalance before the transistion.

I only showed about half a circle of real stretch, the other half was divided into two quarters. One for preparing for the stretch, the other preparing for the downward transistion.

I can't find the video right now, but the USDF has a video of te stretchy trot with judges comments. Shows three different horses (if I remember correctly). It was under their e-track section, but I stumbled on it while searching on YouTube. If I find it again, I'll post the link.
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Stretchy circle with directives and comment from judges (USDF): Stretching Circle with Directives and Scores - YouTube

Stretching exercise: Stretching in the Trot Exercise - YouTube
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Cool video. I like the demo's of the different scores. That's a great visual. Thanks for all the info folks. Think I know what needs to happen now.

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Start to gather up little before A, but you have between A and F to come to working walk, so you don't necesarily have to hit the working walk right at A, you could do it a step or two after...thats what I've been schooling
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