Originally Posted by DuffyDuck
Anebel, funny you should say that. I was having a conversation with Kayty not long ago. It appears more and more often that horses with flashy front legs are getting high scores. When I bought my mare (and she had some previous dressage training of some sort) she ran on her front and made it look super pretty.
Now she uses her butt, she can move, I can sit to it and she's a much fitter, balanced horse.
Mildot, I can't comment on your different training levels as they are much different to my own out here, but if the judge has previously seen the rising trot, then it would be a good opportunity for the OP to display her sitting trot with the same judge to have a crit from that point of view too.
Not exactly the point I was trying to make... the "judge" that placed the flashy, incorrect horse over me was not actually a judge. It was a random boarder who rode second level once, 15 years ago. The real judges, no matter how basic in their judges training, always had me placed over the flashy horse.
"Judges" with no credentials don't know what they are doing and so to win under them, we have to play their games.
There is a difference between riding Dressage, and rising Dressage in a test... this is part of it at the lower levels where random people are hired off the streets to judge. Posted via Mobile Device