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        10-29-2011, 07:56 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    My coach or mom always read for me when possible, why not?
    I have been working on my problem with show nerves and trust me, no matter how many times you've practiced a test nerves can make you forget the entire thing. Hearing a familiar voice in the ring helped me calm down, and knowing I won't forget my test calmed my nerves a lot, just one less thing that could go wrong.
    I definitely forgot my test once even with a reader though, when I'm riding I can't hear the reader at all I'm to focused, so I went off course with a reader, lol!
         
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        10-29-2011, 08:44 PM
      #22
    Trained
    OH yes, and a reader doesn't help when not only do you have a crappy memory, you are also directionally challenged, so when your caller says

    "proceed to C track left"

    And then you hear

    "track left"

    "That will be your OTHER left"

    you feel like a total idiot
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        10-29-2011, 10:08 PM
      #23
    Trained
    I think it really is a matter of personal preference, nothing to do with riders being lazy and not memorising tests. I have friends who will spend weeks trying to memorise their tests and still get a reader just in case they do forget it. I am quite lucky in that I can look at a new test the night before, spend maybe 10minutes reading through it and then I'll have it in my brain the next day. Then I'll have a quick flick through while I'm facing the arena and away we go. Only once have I had an EOC which was because I'd forgotten the test, and that was because I'd read the test incorrectly and read free walk long diagonal but it was on the short diagonal- whoops.

    If I have a reader I struggle to focus on my ride as I said above. I'd rather memorise it, and then have in my head where I'm going next and where to put in my next half halt, where to ask for a little more bed etc. With a caller I seem to get my brain a bit scrambled and find it hard to concentrate on my ride.
         
        10-30-2011, 08:20 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    I usually memorised tests but occasionally used a reader and would go off-course no matter what. I was really terrible for getting lost in dressage arenas. :) At one show, another rider from my barn was reading for me, and I went off course. After the test was finished, she was really worried and said, "Did I read the test wrong? Is that why you went off course?"

    "No, you were fine," I answered. "I just wasn't listening."
         
        10-30-2011, 11:20 AM
      #25
    Super Moderator
    I wonder how you, folks, memorize tests? By letters? I never remember the letters of the test (and don't think I ever will).
         
        10-30-2011, 11:48 AM
      #26
    Weanling
    Quote:
    I wonder how you, folks, memorize tests? By letters? I never remember the letters of the test (and don't think I ever will).

    to memorize it, I read it out, draw out the pattern ( with different colors for each gait ) while 'calling out' the test as I go, then I'll go through the test on the computer, visualize the test from start to finish, and run through it from memory both on the ground and on the horse when at the barn.

    I only remember the letters of a small arena, I cannot for the life of me think of a rhyme for a large one, or one for the letters on center line. Anyway, This is what I think of

    "All Forces Best Met Calling Hill Evasion Knights".

    With A being where you enter, and the rest following as you go around the arena to the right. I usually just use this when I'm drawing out an arena to go through my tests on.
         
        10-30-2011, 12:49 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lonannuniel    
    "All Forces Best Met Calling Hill Evasion Knights".
    Or you could start at A and go left around the arena and then it will be

    All
    King
    Edward's
    Horses
    Can
    Make
    Beautiful
    Foals

    Then the other letters are R,S,V and P
         
        10-30-2011, 06:42 PM
      #28
    Trained
    I remember my tests by reading through the first few movements, then closing my eyes and reciting it by picturing that I am riding the test. Then I'll add another couple of movements and so on. Until I get to the 'half way' point of the test, at which it is just a mirror image of the first half. Easy :)

    I know where all of the letters are, so when memorising a test I don't generally think about the letters as it's on 'autopilot' anyway!
         
        10-30-2011, 07:02 PM
      #29
    Trained
    LOL, during busy times of the year on the farm I have to deliver diesel out to the tractors etc in the field, so while I'm waiting for the slip tank to fill, takes 10 to 15 mins, I draw out a rectangle in the dirt and walk/run through my test, it help actually visualize it.
         
        10-30-2011, 07:18 PM
      #30
    Super Moderator
    Lol! Those are great approaches - I have to try the letter abbreviation one. I usually walk/jog/run on ground with my horse by my side for the 1st time (with the diagram in my hand). Then do it once in saddle with again a diagram. Then leave the diagram and try to rely on my memory only (not always successful first couple times ).

    My trainer was going after me for not remembering letters just before the last show, but I have issues memorizing letters, names, and numbers all my life, so as long as memorizing the path works - I'll just keep it this way (but she said starting 2nd level I won't be able to memorize the path because of the complexity of the test).
         

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