I learn it by dividing a peice of paper into little rectangles, depending on how many movements in the test (eg if there are 13 movements i draw 13 boxs) and then draw each movement in each rectangle. then i draw out another arena and draw the whole test over and over again till i know it
Yep im one of those lucky ones too. But its so frustrating when I can read a dressage test through once and know it, but then A-level work I could read through, write it down, read through again etc etc, and still not be able to tell you anything about what it said - even though I would be trying desparetly to do so!!
Patterns... I wouldn't have a clue about which letters the movements involve. I learn it as a 'bird's eye' view of the test and then translate to an 'on the ground' version usually when I get to the venue so I know which direction I'm heading in for diagonals, etc.
I memorise it in patterns too. I also check the arena Im in and go there before I get on to make sure I know which way Im going! (my mum never understands this but sometimes the arena is the wrong way from home! I must have some built in north, east, south, west thing!!).
I memorise patterns then ride it through in my head, imaging a perfect test and one where things go wrong that I correct. I still manage to get an error of course 50% of the time no matter how many times I learn it! durrr....
MM - thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! I thought I was a freak, LOL! I have terrible problems when I get to a comp & find out the arena is 'the wrong way round'! Whenever I say that people look at me like I'm a total idiot! I got really lost the other week because I suddenly found myself at the wrog end & didn't know where I was going!
I'm relieved to hear I'm not the only one with a bit of a faulty connection!