The right leg back slightly on the initial halt at x
Tendency to drop MY right shoulder, but the 3 tracks and
bend are correct for shoulder in right.
What a sour face. Smile dammit! :))
Trot half pass right. Not bad by the horse. Rider STILL dropping that right shoulder. UG!
The horse looks nicely balanced but MY reins are too long
and I don't have my hips forward.
Just a nice polished straight trot down the centerline. Right shoulder again.
Some video clips (MPG format - I wish I knew how to get these a lot smaller without killing them).
The good thing about schooling these "for real"
is that you get a feel for what's more difficult. The half pass is usually
not any big deal, but notice how at the canter half pass to the right,
Bandit starts to take a few disjointed strides? That's "ME" tensing up
because we're not going to "hit the letter" right. Also, at the half pass
trot, altho we do a pretty good job, it's not "consistant the entire way.
So - we need to practice our precision and vary the angles for both the
canter and trot half pass in our workouts. I also would like to see Bandit
a little bit MORE round in the canter work and MY hands a bit higher with
shorter reins. Also the canter half passes are a little flat - not enough
bend so we'll work on those a bit as well.
Entrance to Halt (1,855KB)
Half pass - trot (1,833KB)
Canter half pass to flying change right (1,833KB)
Canter half pass to flying change left (1,499KB)
Schooling Fourth Level Test one....
Sept 29th, 1998
Photos courtesy: Ferris Duhon