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Dressage scoring explained by Cesar Torrente No. 14. Young Horses fundamental and minor training problems. What are the judges looking for?

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November 15, 2017

In young horses’ classes what are, in general, fundamental training problems and what are minor training problems. What are the judges looking for?

Fundamental training problems that will lead to lower marks, especially in the Submission score are for example:

  •  Inconsistent connection
  •  not using back
  •  lack of thoroughness
  •  lack of elasticity
  •  not straight
  •  insufficient engagement
  •  irregular
 trot, walk or canter

Minor Training Problems must not be heavily penalized, if the horse otherwise is showing correct training with developed gaits. For example:

  •  not square at halt
  •  inconsistent angle in the shoulder-in
  •  loss of balance or rhythm in a canter depart
  • Transitions not exactly at the markers

In the following days, we will talk specifically about, 5 and 6-year-old classes.

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