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    Default What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    Just wondering how much harder they get from Novice! I've done one, with success, but I thought I would see what movements I can be up against before I try many more!

    I'm aware of Walk to canter, simple changes, 5m loops in canter, 10m circles, collected and meduim trot, meduim canter. Anything else?

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    I've always though they were easier as haven't come accross a rein back in elementary!!

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    Depends on the Elementary. As the numbers get higher the tests get much, much harder! Elementary 58 is a lethal test, for example. But yes, all those movements are standard, plus some have leg yield, 1/2 20m circles in counter canter, 1/2 walk pirouettes (E58!). The horse will be expected to show a higher level of collection and engagement than for a Novice test and this will be reflected in the collectives as well.
    E42 and 44 are nice and easy, easier than a lot of novices really. A lot of the current elementaries are horrid imho.

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    Aww thats a shame, we can do rein back!!

    I'd like to give a few more a go, personally I find them easier than prelim to an extent, cantering round the outside of the arena is much harder than cantering a circle IMO

    I just hope theres nothing major in one that we cant do!

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    Off to top of my head, E48, 53, 57 and 58 all have rein back!

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    Thanks for that...we can do all those movements, not fantastically, but we can give them a go!

    It's only unaff we're doing it, I understand the level of work in general is meant to be much higher than in a Novice, but I just feel I want to start moving up a level, and give the harder movements a go in hope of it improving the easier tests Thanks!

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    Shows how much I know then - however i always seem to be doing E50 & E42

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    LOL! . I seem to always be doing 42 and 44 at the moment.

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    Doesn't one of them have extended walk too?

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    Default Re: What are the hardest movements in an Elementary dressage test?

    I *think* its 48 with extended walk, but I may be wrong about the number.

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