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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Notes from the Judge

I am very pleased with our score and the judge for Mystic's practical horsemanship test.  We lost most of our points for our trot (which I expected, considering it was her first trot in-hand ever the night we filmed) and our umbrella exercise (which I actually did incorrectly).  I expected to get a note about her turn-out and that wasn't mentioned.  We scored 65.38% and placed 2 of 3.  I watched both of the other videos before the scores and placings came out and expected to place 3rd so that was a pleasant surprise! 

For a horse that isn't quite 2 years old I think she did amazing.  Can't wait to try again next month with the judges comments in mind.



MOVEMENTS
MAX. MARK
JUDGE’S MARK

COMMENTS

1
Halt and salute at beginning and/or end

10
8.5
Horse slightly distracted
2
Walk and trot led from the left and the right

15
10
Walk good, horse rather bargy and a little unbalanced in trot.
3
Presentation (including turnout, general impression, harmony between
horse and handler)
15
11
A generally harmonious picture, but more confidence could be shown by both horse and handler.
4
Walking over tarpaulin
10
8
Horse slightly hesitant
5
Horse pulling wheelie bin
15
12
Good, apart from hesitation at 1 min 23
6
Rub all over with plastic bag
20
16
Good on left, horse slightly unwilling to accept handler on right
7
Backing between poles
10
7.5
Horse slightly crooked
8
Umbrella
20
12
The umbrella should be put up on each side of the horse, and the horse led with the umbrella above its eye level on both sides

TOTAL MARKS
130
85


Tips and advice.


Hi Kate!

You had some nice work in this test, but dropped quite a few points over misunderstanding the umbrella exercise. It is important to show that the horse can deal with something that suddenly gets bigger (opening the umbrella) and with something above its eye level. If you check the detailed description of the exercises, it does state that the horse must be LED from both sides, not just the umbrella presented. If he gets upset when it goes up higher, just lift it a little at a time, lifting and lowering. Stroke him for each time he accepts it, and gradually life it higher.

The trot let you down rather, as well. Practise keeping him moving forwards on the circle in walk, until he has a steady, energetic rhythm, then pick up the trot. If he starts jumping around, you can either send him forwards until he settles, or bring him back to the walk and ask again, but be careful not to just stop asking, or he will think that jumping around is the “right answer”. You can also trot alongside him, if the trot on the circle presents problems – but again, the trot must be calm and regular.


All the best


Kate







SCORING EXPLAINED:0= not performed. 1= very bad.2=fairly bad. 3= bad. 4=insufficient. 5=sufficient. 6=satisfactory. 7= fairly good. 8=good. 9= very good. 10=excellent half marks may be used

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