to Critique (What You
Want to Accomplish!)
Free Forward Movement: Energetic
steps forward through a relaxed topline.
Willingness to stretch down forward toward the bit
Acceptance of aids - responds to leg by engaging hind legs and reaching for
drop the contact, brace or pull against your hand
Suppleness: Ability to shift balance forward or back (longitudinally)
and side to side
Requires relaxation through topline
Horse is more responsive to aids.
Rein aids and half-halts more effective on hind legs.
Allows horse to be connected (back to front) or "through"
Lack of tension and resistance
Balance: Ability to carry and shift weight from side to side (laterally)
or forward and back (longitudinally) for ease of movement according to
General "overall" statement about
how the ride went. Give your general impression and try
be positive and sound positive.
State specifically what you worked on in
the following order:
the horse moves and what its
specific problems did you work on?
3. What exercises you used
critiques); what techniques for course work
4. Whether the
the 3 areas above as
What problems will you address next, and
how. ‘A’ candidates should
include ideas for future training, may discuss use of cavaletti,
longeing, other groundwork,
critiquing a jump
course, comment on the following:
Lines (approaches, distances, turns
to Know and Use in Critiques:
Balance (lateral, longitudinal)
Suppleness (lateral, longitudinal)