Friday, November 16, 2012

11-11-12 AHHf Training 1

11-11-12 All Heart Horse Farm
Marilyn Kulifay, Judge
Score 58.542%

1 A Enter working trot
X Halt, Salute Proceed working trot
6.0 halt on three tracks

2 C Track left
E Circle left 20m
6.0 needs a little more prep before C; circle – round horse, a little braced in rein

3 A Circle left 20m, developing left lead canter second half of circle
AFB Working canter
3.5 difficulties in canter, loses it, picks up wrong lead twice

4 B-E Half circle left 20m
5.5 should come closer to B for half circle

Here, she drew a picture of a half circle. I don’t know if this was sarcasm, or what, but not needed…

5 Between E & K Working trot
6.0 needs prep and balance

6 A Circle left 20m rising trot, allowing the horse to stretch forward and downward
Before A, shorten the reins
A Working trot
5.0 horse needs to stretch down much more

7 Between A & F Medium walk
6.0 needs prep

8 FXH Free walk
H-C Medium walk
6.0 shows some over stride, needs to stretch down much more

9 C Working trot
6.0 a bit braced

10 B Circle right 20m
6.0 horse loses balance a little at E

I’m sorry, can I have that in true real Speakie-Englishie, please?

11 A Circle right 20m, developing right lead canter second half of circle
AKE Working canter
5.5 Early

12 E-B Half circle right 20m
6.0 needs to be more supple
From folks watching outside the arena, “The second half of his last canter looked awesome! Good job!”

13 Between B & F Working trot
6.0 needs prep and balance

14 A Down centerline
X Halt, Salute
6.5 almost straight

GAITS (freedom and regularity) 6.5
IMPULSION (desire to move forward, elasticity of the steps, suppleness of the back, engagement of the hindquarters) 6.5
SUBMISSION (attention and confidence, lightness and ease of movements, acceptance of the bridle, lightness of the forehand) 6.0
RIDER'S position and seat 6.0
RIDER'S correct and effective use of the aids 6.0
HARMONY between rider and horse 6.0

Attractive pair! Use preparation before movements to help horse perform better.

I know the second canter here was early.  Why?  Because after his first canter-disaster in this test, I was determined to keep him IN the gait, and keep him moving.  I held it coming down the long side as long as I could, coming down to trot just about at F. 

Big picture, I wonder about what she might have wanted at the free walk.  He sure felt stretched to me, but not "nose in the dirt", because he usually trips and stumbles when he gets that long.  Win some, lose some. 

It does tickle me that his Intro C score was the highest out of all Intro competitors.  I wasn't "happy go lucky" about the test, and knowing it was the best score... well... again, win some, lose some.

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