Originally Posted by Spyder
Just WHO is teaching you dressage?
My question too....
Rhythm, Relaxation and Contact are the first three steps on the training scale.
In your test think about consistency and accuracy. Make your circles circles, not misshapen things that bleed into the corners. Make your corners corners - don't cut them off. Make your transitions softer, don't surprise your horse with your aids, count 1-2-3 with your aids. And for the lord's sake SHORTEN YOUR REINS.
I highly suggest riding with someone who can help you to ride more precisely and accurately. The better and more consistently you ride - the more your horse will relax.