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  • USDF rule "read test"
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    10-29-2011, 11:20 AM
  #1
Weanling
Readers - good or bad?

What's the consensus on using readers?

I personally see the benefit to use one as well as knowing your test inside and out. My dressage trainer agrees and says that it is a good idea to use one whenever you can to keep the horse's nerves down. This makes sense me.

However, my friends at the barn refuse to have a reader and seem to think there is a stigma attached.

What do you think?
     
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    10-29-2011, 11:33 AM
  #2
Showing
I think using a reader means you are unprepared. Knowing the test is like homework - you ride it plenty of times at home trying to find weak spots and perfect what you can before going to the show. Now I do understand some people have learning disabilities, memory issues, or whatever else health-related. Then yes, using a reader is a way to go. But too often than not someone just don't do his/her homework at home.

Plus personally I prefer to know what is coming next so I would be ready (as well as my horse).
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    10-29-2011, 11:41 AM
  #3
Cat
Green Broke
I'm going to show my dressage ignorance here - but what is a reader?
     
    10-29-2011, 11:50 AM
  #4
Trained
A reader is the wonderful person who calls out your test for you and I gladly pay for a reader.

Yes my tests are very simple, yes I practice them, but I cannot trust my memory, and even though I'm riding at the lowest of low key events the nerves kick in and I just don't want the extra stress of remembering which test I'm riding.
     
    10-29-2011, 11:57 AM
  #5
Showing
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Originally Posted by Cat    
I'm going to show my dressage ignorance here - but what is a reader?
When you show you may have a person to read you what is next: basically read through test instructions. See here: http://www.usdf.org/docs/tests/dressage/introc.pdf (basically they read what is in "Test" field). I had trainer did it for me when I was practicing first couple times at the lesson, and I found it to be annoying: I always prefer to know several steps ahead, and it's not what you get using reader. But as with everything - to each own.
     
    10-29-2011, 11:57 AM
  #6
Green Broke
I think you should know it.

When I see someine with a reader, it just seems like they didn't put in enough effort to remember the test.

Personally, I would rather do the test wrong than have a reader.
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    10-29-2011, 12:15 PM
  #7
Weanling
I have a reader, and I don't think having one means you are unprepared.

I have a great memory, I can go through the test on paper, in the arena, or on the computer ( I have a program that I can run through tests on) , but with the stress of a show and the many worries I have about being in a show, I am not always confident I will be able to remember the test once I am in front of the judge. I am new to showing, and if having a reader to start with lessens my worries, then I'll go for it. But that doesn't mean I haven't put effort into learning the test.
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    10-29-2011, 12:18 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by Lonannuniel    
I have a reader, and I don't think having one means you are unprepared.

I have a great memory, I can go through the test on paper, in the arena, or on the computer ( I have a program that I can run through tests on)
What program do you have?
     
    10-29-2011, 12:19 PM
  #9
Trained
Being an Eventer, it is against the rules to have a reader. So I have to memorize my test to the T. BUT on that note, that's only 1 test for the whole season - pending level I am doing.

I can understand why someone would require a reader, if they are doing 4 tests and get all the tests mixed up into 1 - understandable, on saying that....I've done 4 tests at Dressage Shows, and only required a reader once, when I wasn't fully prepared and my mind was in a tizzy due to nerves. That was years ago.

I find, that you have PLENTY of time between tests, to read over your next test to be prepared.

The last few Dressage Shows I've done this summer, I found it very distracting, riding my test, when having someone in the arena next to me, doing their test with someone shouting out their movements. Very distracting and very annoying.
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    10-29-2011, 12:24 PM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    

The last few Dressage Shows I've done this summer, I found it very distracting, riding my test, when having someone in the arena next to me, doing their test with someone shouting out their movements. Very distracting and very annoying.
I can understand how that would be incredibly annoying and distracting, I'm glad we only have one ring to work in, so that isn't ever an issue.

I suppose riding two horses, each doing two tests, both at different levels does make memory a little more challenging, so I'll stick with that as my excuse as well as the generally lousy memory that is.
     

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