The scores are now already incrementally lower, of course some of the canter work is still pulling 9 and 10 but much of the trot is 7 with the average score for him being 8. I believe the judges are being objective, as usual. As far as the poll dropping at the halt, that's the rider dropping the horse after the halt and the horse falling behind the leg, not business as usual. Most horses I work with do the same thing if you aren't pushing them up in the halt. That is the common theme throughout the test is the horse is quicker to fall behind the leg than rath is to catch it. If you watch old PSG tests of his the same thing is happening with gal, gal catches it quickly though and throughout totos career it has become less visible. That's also I think why gal warmed the horse up the way he did. The horse falls most behind in the piaffe so gal went in and out of the half steps in a low frame to get the reaction and flexibility in the longitudinal frame better.
Anyways, he's a great school master and that's a testament to gals training. Rath is making rookie mistakes and obviously is lacking the core strength coordination and timing to pull off a perfect test, like any young gp rider. Someone else has to be schooling the horse, or rath rides better at home and let his nerves get to him in the ring. Or toto is un-untrainable lol. Posted via Mobile Device
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