The shoulder of the horse is also what I have been told.
Another thing to keep in mind when thinking of when to ask for the transition to time it for the shoulder/letter...
For instance if your horse is somewhat lazy you may need to prepare well before the letter..few steps, if your horse is very responsive maybe only 1 step.
A trainer I know has written a great book that has helped me a bunch. One of the tools I mention here are taken from her book called
Memorize that Dressage Test
By Seana Adamson Ph.D.
What this is - Prepare is my preperation to set up my mount for the transition.
What does my horse need me to do to prepare him/her to be in the right place to have a good transition into the movement. Ex) do I have a personal body part I need to be aware of such as my hands or eyes, do I need to half halt..
Execute is the picking up of the transition (riding it) This is the simplification of the movement in your head so that your not thinking of 25 things at one time...
Try to break it down into something like this...
Eyes up -- sit deep -- bend left.
Recovery -- What this means is "how did the execution of the movement effect your horses's balance"
Lets say you were performing a shoulder in, and you lost the impulsion. (recovery would be to go forward a few steps)
Maybe you ened up a bit down hill after a medium trot. (recovery- sit up, half halt and then reestablish the horse's self carriage.)
I love this book it is very cool because it also shows the dressage court on graph paper. The graph paper totally helped me spacially. It made it much easier for me to have rounder circles and have a visual for when and where to ask for transitions on different horses...
I hope this will help you out and get your brain thinking a bit...hehe
Wishing you all the best for your show!
Oh and the "twigs" cracked me up...lol
Halfpass, yes it does help. Thanks. We brushed up the where and what of transitions today. He's feeling good, so I think we're good to go. Unfortunately the woman I was going to enlist to take pics doesn't think she going to show up due to it raining, so I might have to get creative and see if I can get a stranger to work the camera. It's always something!!
Good Luck to you!!!
I hope that someone will be nice enough to shoot a few pics of ya.
Sometimes there are professionals around and they take lots of pics and then post them on a web site so you can see if you want to purchase them.
Hope it will work out...
And...I hope the rain will go away...
Well, the good news is the rain held off. The not so good news is we didn't have a stellar day. Either the judge was not putting in much effort, or we were very average today. Other than an 8 for the initial trot down the AXMC, we got 5's & 6's for everything. I feel like it went better than the test we did last year, but it just didn't have much wow to it. I think I actually made mistake by warming him up too much. When we first got into the warmup ring, he had all sorts of extra 'forward' going on due to nervous energy. By the time our turn came, he was too calm! I got someone to take video of it although it's quite far away. I just have to figure out how to upload it. I'm not very uploading savvy.