• Tack and untack independently, in less than twenty minutes.

  • Adjust stirrups and girth while mounted.

  • Perform an emergency dismount at the trot.

  • Demonstrate use of disengagement and pulley rein by halting horse from trot.

  • Ride smooth walk-trot transitions, maintaining balanced position.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of posting diagonals.

  • Demonstrate the following maneuvers at walk and trot:

-- large circle
-- figure-8
-- serpentine
-- half circle, half-turn and diagonal with change of posting diagonal

  • Ride USDF Intro Test A or B, showing knowledge of elementary dressage terms and figures.

  • Ride on the longe at walk and trot without stirrups and reins.

  • Drop stirrups and pick up again, without looking down, at the walk.

  • Ride in 2-point at the trot on the flat and over ground poles, developing ability to balance independently of hands.

  • Ride grid of trot poles, demonstrating secure jumping position.

  • Ride a ground pole course at the trot with opening and closing circles, good approaches.

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