Anyone know some easy ways to boost your dressage scores?
Easy ways? No, can't think of any, other than making sure that you're performing the movements correctly. The point of dressage (or any type of showing, really) is to demonstrate your mastery of the movements and form of moving dictated. In that ideal sense, the only way to improve your overall scores is to work with your horse on dressage. Start from the bottom up, and work on it until you get it right. In any type of showing merely doing a quick fix to jump up your scores will be detrimental in the long run...
Now if you're having problems with a specific aspect of your ride, then there may be a few more "easy" fix options...
No such thing.
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Really... I think with (easy) ways to get better dressage scores, I could go on forever. You need to be more specific... Ways to boost your scores at prelim, is completely different to boosting your scores at Prix st Georges!
Hey, if you invent one, let me know! xD
Review your previous scores and see if there are specific movements that you get lower scores consistently. Spend a little time each ride focusing on those until they improve. Also pay attention to which movements have a co-efficient and make sure those are solid as well.
But but, to me dressage isn't so much about the scores so much, as the ride and the partnership:wink:
This is a great article on how to boost dressage scores: http://www.usdf.org/EduDocs/Competit...Bell_Tolls.pdf
I think that article covers a lot of the main points, but it also goes into how to mitigate the risks of getting a lower score, and how to finesse it to achieve a higher score (possibly).
Other than the normal suggestions of ride accurate movements, train properly at home, stay relaxed, go deep in corners, and smile like you're enjoying yourself.... I think I would suggest that you find the movements with co-efficient's and work on making those better. Free walk is a good one.
Also, it's better to correct an issue immediately then allow it to continue on. Even if it means you lower your score for one movement. It may increase your overall score if you get the one low score, fix it there and the rest of the movements score higher.
One of the most helpful things for your riding is to get someone to film you ride a test at a competition, and then go through it later, and look at the judge's comments at the same time. This way you can actually see what they mean, and try to work out how it feels to do things correctly and incorrectly. For example, my horse used to swing his hindquarters sideways through walk- canters. I had no idea how this felt or how to change it, so I watched a video of myself riding, and saw it happening- thus learning (yet again) the importance of the outside leg.
Also sometimes it's good to see and imagine how your horse should feel, so you can set the standard. This video helped me to imagine how the horse should feel when the movement and frame are elastic, soft and you have impulsion. It has really helped- although still haven't quite gotten these results yet! You'll notice that this scored in the 90's. Hope that helps!!
You can gain points there.
Be supple and forward
You can gain points there
Have the proper bend and be balanced.
You can gain points there.
It is also important to get to know the judges that frequent your area. Not all judges see the same thing when judging the tests. Some have definite preferences in what they want to see.
All my students keep "judges books". In it they list all the judges they have ridden for and what kind of comments they made on your previous tests. What did they want to see and what did they correct. This will differ wildly with every judge. Then, when you are going to a show, see if you have ridden for that judge before. Look them up and see what their likes and dislikes are. You can subtly tweak your ride to cater to the judge. You can definitely gain points there.
Suffice it to say there are no easy points, if you are not doing the training to fix the gaps that might be robbing you now.
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