11 thoughts on “[Almost] Wordless Wednesday: First Run-Through of Training A

  1. You guys look fabulous! Foster has such a great steady rhythm here, eventing dressage judges eat that up. πŸ™‚

    I would say you might need to work towards a little more impulsion. I like how quiet Foster is in the test (that really sets you apart in the eventing dressage ring!), but he needs a little more push in the lengthenings. There’s not a whole lot of difference shown and you might get nailed for that, though your half halts at the ends are pretty awesome! It always seems to me that judges are looking for almost a medium trot in the lengthening movements. (Even though that isn’t really what’s required. I know.)

    I’d also work on some consistency with your stretch circle. It looks like maybe you lost some impulsion from Foster when you asked him to stretch, and that kept him from really releasing his back. He has such a nice swingy back, especially in your free walk. I bet when he really lets go it’s pretty cool. πŸ™‚ (I’m jealous. Just getting my horse to want to stretch is a difficult task, but Foster is all “Okay! Let’s go!”)

    Those first couple strides of your canter lengthening were AWESOME. Foster really came up underneath you, as well as took a bigger stride. Freaking cool! I’d channel those awesome half halts you had at the trot after your lengthening, though. He kind of got away from you before the turn, and the way your test is written that transition needs to be a little more prompt. You might try half halting after 2-3 strides when Foster starts to flatten out, and see if you can keep that gorgeous uphill balance he had in the first few strides. All that said, the transition score is linked to the lengthening, so those would balance out. I’d hate to see you lose the points from your lengthen, though.

    Also, you only have to lengthen the canter one direction? What a weird test!

    I think you’re going to do great! You guys have a seriously solid test going, there. It’s just nitpicking to make it great, now. πŸ™‚

    (Sorry for the long comment. I have a press release I really don’t want to write, and am procrastinating any way I can find!!)

    • Many of your thoughts I felt myself when riding the test, so overall I agree, all valid points. The lengthenings are in general going to be the toughest movements for Foster, and particularly difficult in this covered arena as it’s not as long as a short arena, so I don’t generally ask for them in there.

      I agree it’s odd that there is only one canter lengthening- in the B test its the opposite: two canter lengthenings and one trot. I guess they want to move us along to get to the jumping phases!

      • Haha! That’s always been my thought on why there is only one halt. Halts waste time. “Don’t make those poor people on those fit horses halt! Get them outta here!” πŸ™‚

  2. I really like the Training A test, but B? I HATE IT WITH A BURNING PASSION. Have you run through it yet? That stretchy circle after the canter lengthening is the devil.

  3. You guys look great. I have absolutely no idea what judges are looking for in terms of frame and position at training level, but you two are super consistent and I KNOW they want that. πŸ˜€ Do you have a training debut planned?

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