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post #11 of 17 Old 04-28-2010, 08:48 AM
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Yep, I memorize it just enough to were I know the basic pattern. Then I look at if the transitions are at, before or after the letters. Once I go down centerline and make my turn, I pretty much go on auto-pilot ;) Don't really have to think about the letters... just ride the pattern.

I second tracing them on paper, "riding" them on foot and talking through it to someone else right before your ride.

xhaltsalute, do you know that you can print those diagrams out instead of making them? I have them all printed out and they go to the warmup ring with me at shows. They're so much easier to look at if you want to check a movement right before you go into the ring :)

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post #12 of 17 Old 04-28-2010, 12:06 PM
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Hi My Beau,
thanks for the link. That is really helpful, and another great tool, and I'm sure I'll make use of it. I do still like doing the diagrams myself, since I have a whole colour coding and symbol system that covers everything up to PSG/I1.
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-28-2010, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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AAAAAH, so I worked really hard today on just Intro Test B, walking the pattern on foot and on my horse and then trotting the whole pattern and saying the transitions and gaits where they should happen, and now I can't remember Intro Test A!

This is not hard stuff, what am I gunna do when I move up to training or first level? O_O

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post #14 of 17 Old 04-28-2010, 09:00 PM
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It takes time. I'm lucky because memorizing comes naturally for me. I can learn a test in a day. Just keep at it, it will come eventually!

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post #15 of 17 Old 04-29-2010, 11:03 AM
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I like watering down the arena, and then dragging the pattern in the sand, with like... a stick behind me as I walk. Then I stand at one end of the arena, pointing my way around and saying it out loud. Everyone at the barn has gotten used to me doing things like this. ^.^

I also "ride" through the test in my head at school when I'm bored. I'll be sitting in my seat, hands held as if I have reins, shifting my seatbones and so on; apparently my classmates find it entertaining. xD

One other thing I love doing... if you have the EquiStar horse game for PC, or any other horse game, [I don't know what else is out there!] I just ignore the set pattern that is on the screen, and "ride" my virtu-pony through MY test, not the PSG or GP test on the screen. =] I find that that helps a lot.
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post #16 of 17 Old 04-29-2010, 11:10 AM
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HAHAHA my method is so ridiculous.. I take my dog into my back yard and run around the dressage test with him on a leash. I don't know why but this actually works for me.. Maybe its cause the dog is there to keep me focused?

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post #17 of 17 Old 04-29-2010, 11:51 AM
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I'm another one that just draws it out on paper a lot. And I walk it. And I'll talk myself through it. Sometimes it definitely helps to have another person recite it to me and I can "ride through it" in my head.

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