- Poses are typically required to be in GIF or PNG format. BMP and JPG are usually not allowed. You can use PetzA's options to change the default image format of your petzpix to GIF or PNG.
- Editing the pose is NOT ALLOWED. Some judges may allow watermarks to be added, but that's all. No transparency, no shading.
- Most judges state the pose must be right-facing, though a couple might allow left-facing.
- A halt pose is required for levels Training through Fourth. From Prix St. George to Grand Prix, a gait is required.
- Disqualifications include: edited poses.
- Heavy faults include: angry , sleepy , worried , or surprised eyes, and eyes not looking straight ahead.
Most of this is taken from the official guide by Rafa
Horses are judged on the alignment of their poses. Poses in dressage are worth 20 possible points, with 0 being the worst and 20 being perfect.
At Training Level, all horses will receive a full 20 points for this part of the test, regardless of their pose.
Beginning at First Level, we expect to see a level halt. The halt is judged the same as a Halter pose: the legs should be aligned and level, the body straight, ears aligned, and eyes forward, relaxed. The horse should not be spooky or sleepy.
(A level halt is not required, only preferred. Some judges may fault unlevelness more than others.)
Once the horse has moved on to FEI Levels--beginning with Prix St. George--judges expect the horse to show some kind of movement. The movement is up to the handler, but it should showcase your horse's ability. These poses are also judged on alignment, straightness, and expression.
The actual test consists of 8 movements. These movements are rated from 1 to 10 (on the forum's die, 10 is represented by a shield) using 8 different dice rolls per horse. These dice rolls are totaled, added to the points for the pose photo, and the resulting number is the horse's percentage score.
Dressage has 9 levels: Training, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Prix St. George, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Grand Prix. Horses can advance up to the next level once they score a 70% in their current level. This changes after Fourth Level: after scoring a 70% in Fourth Level and moving up to Prix St. George, the horse will need to score 75% to advance in the upper levels.
Horses of all levels can enter the same show. Dressage does not award points, so placings are only for fun. What matters in Dressage is doing well enough to advance to the next level. When entering a Dressage show, you will need to specify what level your horse is showing. You may have the only horse competing at that level, but you can still earn the score needed to advance up the levels.
A Dressage horse is the equivalent to a Champion after scoring above a 70% in Fourth Level. A Dressage horse competing in PSG, Intermediate I, Intermediate II, and Grand Prix is considered advanced. Scoring a 75% or higher in Grand Prix means your horse has gone as high as it can go in the discipline!
To see all the gaits that you can use in Dressage, check out the Gaiting Pose Guide, How-To, & Tips.