Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
RELAX! is the first one. haha. If you aren't relaxed, Sandie has no chance of being relaxed!
Use your corners, they look for that.
Going down center line straight is also pretty important, as well has having at least a fairly square halt. You know how to do the salute right? Just checking because one of the girls I know went down to X and did a military style salute! haha.
I also find that when you are done with the test and after you salute, letting the reins loose, patting your horse, smiling, and telling your judge "thank you" helps you win some brownie points!
Make sure your trot is rhythmic and balanced and that her head carriage stays fairly consistent. But since you are in an intro division, they will be fairly leanient (sp?) on you because the expect horse and/or rider to be green. They will be pretty impressed if you can be rhythmic and balanced at the intro level.
Make sure to listen for the whistle/bell/horn that they will be using to cue you into the arena. You have 60 seconds to get in the arena. But that's more time than you think! you can afford to go around the arena once if you are in a spot where it's not convenient to turn around.
I'm sure there are things that I am missing... but that's what I can think of for now.
GOOD LUCK!!!! I'm so excited to hear how you do!
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