To confirm that the horse demonstrates correct basics, and having achieved the thrust required in First Level, now accepts more weight on the hindquarters (collection); moves with an uphill tendency, especially in the medium gaits; and is reliably on the bit. A greater degree of straightness, bending, suppleness, throughness, balance and self-carriage is required than at First Level.
The movements that we're really struggling with are the simple changes and shoulder in. It's not that he can't do them or that he doesn't understand them, he just doesn't really want to do them.
Now that he's back to full work, I've been picking sets of movements to school each day. One day we might work on the shoulder in, and the next the simple change. I've found that he can do the shoulder in from test 2 more easily than the one from test 1. In test 2, the shoulder in goes directly into a 10-meter half circle to X with a change of direction into a new half circle that is followed by travers (haunches in).
In the simpler version (test 1), you ride a shoulder in, turn right across X, and then turn left at B for a shoulder in left. Speedy gets really hung up on that left rein. It's a work in progress.
Every time he started to stutter in the canter, I whacked him with my inside leg. We'll never get the simple change if I have to keep my leg on him all the time. I finally told him that he will hold the collected canter by himself until I tell him otherwise. After a few sharp reminders with my inside leg, he finally started carrying himself. Well hallelujah!
We've got more than two months to work out the kinks. We'll get there!