Too much rein in free walk???
I got to the free walk part of my test yesterday after a very lack luster first half. Right from the first stride, my horse stretched his head both forward and a little down just and was happily walking down the diagonal chewing gently on the bit. I was so psyched and thought we had nailed it. Then I see my test and the comment says, "too much rein". Can anyone explain how you can have too much rein in free walk? Usually I get busted for not giving enough rein and now I'm told too much. I wish dressage judges would make up their minds on what they are looking for with free walk.
"Too much rein" is generally synonymous with "Too much contact".
Read your test carefully, a free walk on a long rein is maintaining some contact and a free walk on a loose rein should have very little to no contact.
Free walk has a little bit of contact. You don't have flapping reins.
here is a hint
Some good tips on getting decent free walk
How To Do A Good Free Walk For Dressage | janesavoie.com
anebel, it doesn't specify, just says free walk. I was on the buckle but could feel him chewing on the bit, so assume there was still a smidge of contact. Wish I had video of it. I'll try to recreate and repost with video.
What do the test directives say? That little box beside the movement is what the judges should be looking for. Do you have a picture or video of your test?
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Just a question....
I was under the impression the free walk is Not on the buckle. I was taught there still needs to be contact as the horse stretches his neck forward and downward...still into the contact. A free swing in the topline with rythm
Is this correct?
That's the way I have been taught it HalfPass
Maybe Spyder can respond and clarify it even more....
is this correct thinking on our part??
Free walk on a loose rein is to the buckle, free wall on a long rein is maintaining a smidge of contact.
When I was showing Ro and still had free walks I would let him stretch and just open my hands and grab the buckle. Insta8. Ro has a great walk, but incorrect execution of a movement regardless of gait quality will not get an 8 from an FEI judge. There are some tests, like the FEI 4 year old test, which specifically say "on a long rein" or "maintaining contact". Otherwise its loose reins. Hell my coach even gets after me in the PSG about not giving enough rein in the extended walk, and when I give more I get higher scores.
The point of the movement is to show complete relaxation, not that you still need to have a grip on the face to steer and keep the horse walking. Try giving to the buckle, heck its only a couple points to try.
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