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Dressage scoring explained by Cesar Torrente No. 12. After an extended canter on the diagonal, where do I have to do the flying change? How this may impact my mark?

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November 12, 2017

After an extended canter on the diagonal, where do I have to do the flying change? In the diagonal or in the corner?

Could this have an impact on my mark, and if so how much?

We all know that straightness is an important part of the Training Pyramid, that all horses have a natural crookedness and that it is our job to make them straight. Therefore, the straightness of the changes is as important as the straightness of the canter.

Obviously, if the change is not straight, the expression of the change will be compromised because if the horse swings to the new inside lead the horse will not be able able to step under his body and show a quality change.

For the above mentioned reasons, the judges want to see if the change is straight and  the flying change should be performed in the last stride on the diagonal.

A change shown in the corner (too late, not straight) must affect the mark for the extended canter or ‐ in the case of a separate mark ‐ the mark for the transition and the change (deduction of 0.5 or 1 point).

 

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