I need some advice/tips. This is my 6 year old gelding, Dargenzio. We just moved up to Training level (eventing) & the dressage is our strong point… if he doesn’t get tense & runny once we get in the test. I’ve had to learn to just relax & I treat dressage like it’s a walk in the park, rather than getting nervous like I used to. But now, I’m having problems with him getting tense & running once we get into the test. This is ruining our scores, because he doesn’t move as well as he can once he gets like this & it just makes the whole test difficult. I stay calm & try to half halt with my seat more than hand because he gets worse once you half halt with hand. But, it’s still not doing the trick. We’ve been doing 45 minute warm ups with him thinking that would help, but it hasn’t. Also, he can’t have a walk break right before the test because he is one of those horses that acts like he doesn’t know what the contact is once he rests for a little while & you bring him back. Before this test, he gave me a killer lengthening in the warm up & I literally trotted over to the dressage arena after that. We got in the show ring, & he automatically tensed up & started moving up & down again. It just got worse & worse as the test went on, & it was even worse after the canter work. & then, he broke during our lengthening which he has never done before. He may not always give me awesome lengthenings, but he never breaks into the canter. These photos are from good parts in the test. He goes to shows all the time, multiple times a month. At this point, I’m willing to try anything. We have scored in the 20s once before & that was the only relaxed test I’ve ever had on him, & the test really wasn’t that great so I know he’s capable of an even better score. But we’ve been scoring in the high 30s due to the tenseness. Sorry for the novel, I am just trying to figure out what I can do to get him back to scoring well. Thanks in advance!