Last year on a well schooled beginner novice horse, I was planning on showing amoeba this year, but some difficulties arised. I am now on a horse that was being trained for 4' and shown 3'6, but his past owner trained him with gadgets.
When my trainer took the barn over he was on the last ring of a four ring gag with a running martingale ridden with heavy hands. He does great for me in a d-ring with medium hands. Because of the way his old owners rode him, he never carried himself correctly. He was ridden like a giraffe.
Right now, I'm just working on him relaxing and stretching with a loose hunter/equitation kind of contact. He is not fit enough to do real in frame dressage yet.
But I was hoping to take him to a smaller eventing show this summer, either tadpole or amoeba. However I first need to know if for the dressage test he needs to actually be in frame, and not just have contact with a relaxed headset.
Also, if anyone has any links for amoeba or tadpole dressage, cross country, or jumping tests I would much appreciate having them because I'm setting up the ring again and I want a nice course.