Spyder, you do know what you're talking about. I get it, I do. I know both my horse and I have things to improve on, but the way you replied was just plain rude. I did say in my original post that I wanted to know what I could eventually teach her. Eventually being the key word. I'm not looking for anything right now. I taught her to side-step because she was having such a hard time moving away from my leg. We have kinda toyed around with a little leg yielding in our warm up, and I noticed it really helps us out during the ride. Then I started toying with a haunches in. Those are what I know. Which is why I asked what some other things we could do were. Since I started doing these things, she's gotten so much better being straight, being round, bending, flexing, stretching, everything. It's just been all around a good thing for us. I'm not doing a lot of it either. We do one leg yield down the wall, one haunches in for a few strides, and then we do the same the other way. If she is particularly stubborn about moving away, we do some side-steps too. I do know how to work with her, and how to get good things out of her, even if I don't know the difference between a half-pass and a sidestep. I asked for "advanced" movements because that's where I want to go, I wouldn't push her before she was ready. I know I can't go out there and ask for a flying lead change, her canter is no where near balanced enough for anything but 20m circles and spirals. I do not use her age, her breed, her conformation as an excuse, but it is how she is. She's improved, but I cannot ride her and expect the same things I would from an Arab. My mare rarely disappoints me, and I don't want to seem like I wasn't giving her a chance to succeed, because I know she's already succeeded.
And on the dressage test scoring deal, it would be different if I were actually performing a dressage test. If I had posted a video of a test and was scored in the 50's, that's one thing, but this was a schooling ride, a good three weeks ago, and I can't even remember what we were trying to work on. We go into every ride working on the thing she needs to work on that day. Sometimes it's transitions, sometimes it's circles, sometimes it's just some good solid trot work. I think it's unfair to take a random schooling session and judging it like I performed a test. If I can come up with a test and get it taped, I will gladly post it. I do appreciate input, this situation was I wanted to know what we could reach for, not how we were doing now.
Sorry this was so long.
Although I can't speak for the others just is what I and I think the other dressage experienced members feel.
If I was you and got what I had posted in the first post I would have asked what was wrong with the three basic gaits and how can they be improved. Instead the post was dismissed out of hand and you kept asking for people to tell you what to do next. You never ask anyone what is needed to improve the W/T/C but rather just what else to do. This tells us that as you had already posted that you feel that what you have done or are doing is fine and in your eyes good enough to be considering new additions. All of us poke and play around with things that we have not done yet but we are always dilligent in improving what we have already done.
FROM YOUR POSTS the impression you have given me is that the W/T/C is good enough that asking about how it can be improved is simply not necessary because as you said you know what you are doing. The trot has no impulsion,there is no proper contact, it is not supple nor is it straight. So I ask you what do you plan on doing in making your horse overcome the areas I just described better?
The walk is the best gait your horse has, but doing all your work (extensions/collections) in this gait is a sure way to ruin a gait that has very little impulsion of its own. In dressage 85% of the work needed to improve the horse is done in the trot and you improve the canter through the trot not the walk.
And lastly I stated in my first long post here that I was answering your other thread regarding the videos together and you ASKED they be critiqued so while I didn't put half the post on one thread and half on the other I have responded to your direct requests.