That got a 57%, including a 5 for submission. That test right there. A 5 for submission.
I'm so confused.
Yes, his nose is in front of the vertical. I made that choice. I didn't want him to curl and he was tucking his nose in the warm up. He was forward and straight and it felt very relaxed and nice. He never once tried to break and none of the movements felt dicey. Yes, the leg yield was a bit shitty, but the movements were all there and willing.
She said we didn't have enough bend on that lengthen trot movement. What? Seriously, what? No comment on his actual lengthen (which I was proud of because he actually pushed), just a comment about his lack of bend at H and K. I got 5.5s on every circle. Not enough bend. She said we don't have the connection required for the level. I got a 5.5 for rider with the word 'subtly' underlined.
Now I feel completely lost. I was feeling so good about that test when it was done. He was so relaxed and willing in the ring of death. I thought I had my 60. He didn't over bend and throw his shoulders around, he didn't swing his haunches in. Yes, he was ahead of the vertical, but geeze. It's First level. I thought his improved impulsion was more important.
We scored lower than my last test where I felt so bad and felt like the test was barely hanging on. We scored five points lower than his test with Trainer A where he tried to break in the canter. It's not like I was expecting a 70 or anything. 60 is supposed to mean you did it. You completed the test and no one gasped or ducked or thought you weren't going to manage it. We got beat by a horse that spun on center line and was braced through the neck due to tension for the entire test. But by the gods, his nose was vertical.
I guess I really don't know what they want.