Originally Posted by BaileyJo
I have read and viewed many posts and critiques about "the horse looks good, but is just going through the motions". I'm wondering if a horse is simply born with a desire to perform at a higher level or can it be developed and trained? If a horse is simply going through the motions, how do you get past this? Or is it time to look for another horse in order to move up?
Although it can appear at any level it is mostly at the lower levels.
Horses that can more or less do what is required, but the rider through inexperience or trying to do a test without creating waves in the test often gets a passable mark ( like 55 or even 60) but the judge will be thinking " I bet they will have trouble at the next level".
This is because the higher you go the more the horse has to show and "nice quiet tests" will not cut it anymore.
I said this before...to get something beyond "going through the motions" you have to ride between sanity and insanity. A passenger just will never get there.