Whew. I judged all day and we missed all the rain. My thought for the day is about the stretchy circles. The location of your hands should be able to be exactly the same on short or long reins. If your hands move low or wide you are not stretching your horse over his back correctly and you ARE losing points. This test movement is super valuable because it tells your horse everything he needs to know about connection. Use it regularly as an excersise in your riding. It is the best teaching tool to teach your horse how to connect well (go on the bit). If you "cheat" with your hands in test movements, you build a glass ceiling for the possibilities for you and your horse. Also this applies to free walk. Study free walk and don't lose easy points in your tests. The transition between free walk and medium walk is an equally valuable tool for teaching your horse everything he needs to know about connection (on the bit). If you currently do not do this well, seek help from a well educated person and it will rock your world forever. Best of luck all! Its a journey, enjoy the ride.