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Ask the Judge: reverse trot, counter-canter at a jump, judging at the ingate and more

When I'm in an equitation on the flat class and asked to reverse at the trot, what do I do? First, you need to change your diagonal, because you are about to go in the other direction. Try to do a small half-circle and get right back to the rail. Another option is to go through the middle of the ring and change, but this may be too much of a tour! Finally, you need to be aware of the traffic in the ring while you execute this move. You don't want to get in the way of other riders, so keep it simple and small. When asked to counter-canter a jump, how much counter-canter does the judge want to see? The best way to explain this is through a diagram. The test is cantering fence #1, then counter-cantering fence #2: The optimum route shows that you are trying to win.…

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