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So I was strapping (and I called so many tests for people) for my friend on the weekend at a training day, and she did Prelim 1C and 1A. So her and Gidge did okay. A 65% of the 1C and a 54.545% on the 1A. I know thats not the best, I know thats not what this combination is capable of, so I thought I'd ask some questions related to the comments on the test.

On the 1C, we got told he had excellent rhythm and movement, but they need to slow down the tempo to get more cadence. Could someone please explain what that means? Would a video of his movement be helpful?

On the 1A Gidji was being a sh!t, and for some reason just wanted to play up according to my friend. Now I know that wasn't the problem, she didn't warm him up properly. He comes off as a dumb horse, but he will take advantage of you, if you let him get away with it. When I ride him, if he doesn't do a proper halt (ie tosses head or turns his butt out) I will spur him on. Loz let him get away with this while he was warming up and so he just started being an idiot. Long story short, she couldn't collect him up and getting him working well from his hindquarters, and the judge said he was on the forehand most of the test. She said he needs more submission in his halts, but his transitions would've been excellent if he wasn't on the forehand. I know this horse is capable, I used to lease him for Pete's sake, so whats some advice to keep him consistent?

I know I must sound stupid asking all this advice for a friend, but I'm pretty much her strapper, caller, her life saver at shows. I'm the one who picks up on the things she's missing when she's riding. I'm that girl at the show who's in the warm up area, saying wrong diagonal! Thats not a circle, thats an egg! :D
 

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I find when I need a good round square halt (lmao that was a clash of the shapes right there!) i take a big breath in and puff myself up right before the halt,then when I want a good halt i let the breath out and sit relaxed and deep in the saddle. i find it works if the horse is listening to your seat. :)
 

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Rhythm refers to the evenness of the gait - if the rhythm is good it means a metronome could be set to it.
tempo refers to how quick or slow the rhythm is. Your friend needs to slow the tempo, keeping the even rhythm in order to allow the horse to recoil onto his haunches and develop more air time or "cadence".

Perfect practice makes perfect.
 

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Rhythm refers to the evenness of the gait - if the rhythm is good it means a metronome could be set to it.
tempo refers to how quick or slow the rhythm is. Your friend needs to slow the tempo, keeping the even rhythm in order to allow the horse to recoil onto his haunches and develop more air time or "cadence".

Perfect practice makes perfect.
So how would you slow down the tempo without losing the rhythm? Would it just be by making the horse through the bridle and working from their hindquarters or is there more finesse to it?
 
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