Horsemanship Level #8 Teal
Discuss basic dressage theory, showing knowledge of the training pyramid and use of natural aids.
Discuss appropriate use of artificial aids and training devices.
Demonstrate a self-directed, progressive warm-up for flatwork and jumping, with consideration of mount’s strengths and weaknesses.
Ride various ring figures on the aids, at walk, trot and canter, demonstrating rhythm, relaxation, connection and bend.
Ride accurate, balanced transitions, including halts and transitions between the walk and canter.
Demonstrate the following maneuvers:
-- turn on the haunches
-- leg yield at the walk
Ride a simple change of lead through the walk or a flying change of lead, appropriate to the horse.
Demonstrate lengthening and shortening stride.
Ride and evaluate an unfamiliar horse, to include work at all three gaits and through basic ring figures.
Set up and ride over a variety of gymnastic exercises, up to 3'6", demonstrating a secure position both with and without stirrups and/or reins.
Jump a hunter course, an equitation course, and a show-jumping course at 3’.
Jump a course (8-12 fences) at 2'6" without stirrups.
Ride in a galloping position over varying terrain, demonstrating a knowledge of pace in meters per minute.
Jump a variety of Novice Level cross-country obstacles, to include ditches, up and down banks, water complex, and jumps on a slope.