Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: on a farm, duh!
You rush the turn into the diagonal crossing. Your rytham has to be the same throughout the test. When you do your circles, try to get an inside bend just enough so you can see the inside corrner of the horse's eye. I agree with what has been said, you really have to give(from what I see) this horse the prep for the transistions. At home, trot for 20 strides then canter for 20. Get that transisition up or down AT the 20. That will help you learn how much prep time you need. Try to REALLY ride into your corrners, judges really like that. Try to get her to really step out, insted of quick small steps, try a very nice even steps where she is trying(it takes ALOT ALOT of work to get this!) In your medium walk try to not let everything fall apart, make her march. Let her stretch in the free walk, that is what the judge really wants to see. You do need to support the horse with your hand. Drive her up from her haunches with your seat and leg up into your hands. When you ask for the canter, you get into a definsive position. Let your body work with hers and be calm with it. Your circles are a little lumpy. At this level you will get more points for being correct in your geometry, then you get the bonus points for being in a supple headset. What were some of the judges comments on the test?
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