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Catherine Haddad rides her warm up for Grand Prix test. Watch as she runs through her checklist of what she needs to have in her horse to ride the high level movements. She begins with the basics- in front of the leg, moving laterally off the leg, even in both reins, and that she can ride him straight. She talks about what she is looking for in feel and his performance before moving on in the warm up. In the trot Catherine performs little surges off her leg forward and then leg yields. When she takes a walk break she keeps him on the contact and practices the extended walk on the long diagonal. She next goes to canter after explaining that each warm up has to be appropriate for your own horse. She again goes through her checklist- forward off the leg, surges forward, straight. At this point she concentrates on riding her corners and then works on counter canter. She does her first flying change out of the counter canter and also checks that he surges ahead off her leg and that the medium is available. After a walk break they work on canter trot transitions and then moves into a collected trot paying attention to his frame during the transition. On a circle she checks that she can get bigger and more elastic trot each time she does the canter trot transition. For this horse they next ride the trot half passes, but she first asks him to move fully sideways at the walk to prepare for this difficult movement. When they go to the trot half passes she looks for the inside front leg to be particularly expressive. She rides them as more of a leg yield first. Another walk break allows Catherine to explain what other movements she rides in the warm up. She explains that with an experienced horse you are looking to have them loose and responsive back and forward and sideways. With this particular horse she chooses to ride to ride the piaffe and passage because he offers more expression in all his work after schooling them. She checks the trot passage trot transitions and then gives him a final walk break and talks about what she does after finishing the warm up and before she goes into the arena for the test.
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